Photograph: "Miss P with Darcel Stevens at Fourth of July Show at Parliament House"

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Photograph: "Miss P with Darcel Stevens at Fourth of July Show at Parliament House"

Description

Image of Paul Wegman- Miss P, Darcel Stevens, Sierrah Foxx (Red outfit), Tiffany McCray (next to Miss P) at a Fourth of July show at Parliament House. Image from Paul Wegman's collection.

Paul Michael Wegman or known as Miss P was born and raised in Rochester, New York and moved to Florida in 1960's, where he graduated magna cum laude with a B.A. in Theatre at the University of Central Florida. Although known as an entertainer for Parliament House, Wegman was also a performer at the Orlando Shakespeare Theater and adjunct professor at Valencia Community College. Over the years Paul received many awards and acknowledgements from local civic, charitable and theatrical organizations. Wegman passed away on August 24, 2004 due to complication resulting from AIDS.

Darcel Stevens whose name is Darnell was born in Crystal River, Florida and studied psychology at the University of Florida. During his early 20's Darnell was in the army and was also a member of the ROTC where he would commute two hours each to report to his post in the National Guard. Stevens' early encounter with drag was through needing money for books but an interest in performance and art began. Being mentored by other black queens helped Darnell come to terms with his identity as a gay man, but also helped protect him in the early years of his drag career. It was the early ‘90s and the AIDS epidemic was in full swing. Also, being a member of the ROTC, he was prohibited from being openly gay. Drag mothers, like Dede Williams and Diane Adams, took him under their wing and gave him a kind of secondary education. Stevens currently resides in Orlando where she is the MC for Parliament House, holding the torch of Miss P. She has received various titles and awards including: Miss National at Large 1999, Miss Large and Lovely 2007 and Continental Plus 2019.

Creator

Unknown

Source

Drag Album

Publisher

Unknown

Contributor

Rodriguez, Alexis

Rights

Images may be used for educational purposes only.
Image credit: Image courtesy of LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida.
For all other purposes please email: floridalgbtqmuseum@gmail.com

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image/jpeg

Type

Photograph

Coverage

Orlando

Date Available

6/30/2020

Date Created

1995-1998

Rights Holder

LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida

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img485.jpg

Collection

Citation

Unknown, “Photograph: "Miss P with Darcel Stevens at Fourth of July Show at Parliament House",” LGBTQ History Museum of Central Florida - Digital Archive, accessed December 9, 2022, https://floridalgbtqmuseum.omeka.net/items/show/623.

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