How Atlanta’s worst drag can make for the best time

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Of all the things you could say about the gay jocks of Hotlanta Softball League – and they’ve heard it all, earned most of it and are proud of it – don’t say that they make beautiful drag queens. They don’t, and you're going to love it.

But these teams were never afraid to laugh at themselves for a good time, especially if that good time is for a good cause. That’s what makes the annual Miss HSL pageant such a blast. It goes down once again on Saturday at Jungle to benefit Lost N Found Youth.

The league that makes fun and fundraising as much a part of their season as time on the field really lets its hair down for this event. One month after crowning its studliest stud, and just two weeks after their nearly naked Mr. Big Peach contest, burly guys with no business in drag do it up for laughs, and everyone wins.

We make a habit out of attending the annual spectacle, so we know a thing or two about what to expect. Gird your loins, people because this year we break open the photo vault to show you how bad drag can be oh so good.

 

Miss HSL takes more than a wig and dress. No wait. It doesn’t.

 

 

And it requires sass. And a drink. Or three.

 

 

Comedy is a friend of Miss HSL. Because beauty has the day off.

 

 

We jest. Some Miss HSL drag is actually OK (ish).

 

 

But most of it is… well… not.

 

 

Standing next to a real woman won’t help the illusion.

 

 

Well, apparently standing next to a man doesn’t help either.

 

 

Backup dancers? Sure. Why not?

 

 

‘All you bitches take off your hair so I’ll look better.’

 

 

The softball theme is a sure-bet crowd pleaser.

 

 

Or Lady Law. Whichever.

 

 

Questioning the look? Distract them with balloons.

 

 

Yes! Softball and distractions.

 

 

Whatever level of success, these ‘ladies’ will bring it.

 

 

And walk away with new respect for drag queens.

 

 

Because this shit is hard.

 

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