First Kia Motors, now drag capital of southwest Georgia? LaGrange is certainly moving on up, but don’t expect a Miss LaGrange At Large Pageant anytime soon.
City fathers in this towny place about 70 miles southwest of Atlanta donned their best drag apparel, picked their best lady names and posed for photos. Oh yes they did. To wit, the LaGrange Lions Club Calendar, Second Edition.
There’s City Council member Jim “Chloe Sin Cost” Thornton, Buck “Ilene Tudy Right” Davis, Lou “Patty Wagon” Dekmar (top photo) and Jeff “Gladys A. Sybil Servant” Lukken (second photo). Our fave? Matt “Dee Ductible” Orr. He’s a State Farm insurance agent.
“In retrospect, I’m not sure what I was thinking when I agreed to participate,” Thornton said. “However, the Lions Club does a lot of good work in our community, and I did want to support them with this fundraiser. I’m actually a member of the Rotary Club, but they asked me to participate as a local attorney and City Council member. I don’t know why anyone would really want to buy the calendar, other than for blackmail material, but I hope people will buy them as a contribution to a worthy cause.”
But even these cross-dressing newbies know a thing or two about doing drag. Lukken, the town’s mayor, tells the LaGrange Daily News that his outfit could have done a better job at slimming him for the photo shoot.
“Though, to be honest, pink is not really my color,” Lukken said jokingly. “I think that a long, black dress would have made my hips look slimmer.”
The drag calendar raises about $3,000 for the Lions Club, which in turn supports several non-profit organizations.
Photos by Lee Cathey via LaGrange Daily News