Two Milwaukee Drag Queens Were Just Named the ‘Most Powerful’ in the Country
Trixie Mattel

Two Milwaukee Drag Queens Were Just Named the ‘Most Powerful’ in the Country

We’re happy to see these Milwaukee Queens crowned.

Evidently the rest of the world loves Milwaukee’s drag queens almost as much as we do. Because the venerable New York Magazine has named two Brew City drag queens and Ru Paul alums among the most powerful in America. Specifically, Jaymes Mansfield (Season 9, 14th place) cracked the top 100. And Trixie Mattel (Season 7, 6th place; Season 3 All Stars, 1st place) earned the no. 4 spot. Both used to perform at Hamburger Mary’s regularly, and can still be seen around town every once in a while. 

In honor of the momentous occasion, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite drag queen stories from years past (and present):

“This Month’s Can’t Miss Milwaukee Drag Shows”

8 drag shows to check out before Pride 2019 ends.

June 2019


“Let’s Talk It Out: Conversation on Drag with Dear Ruthie and Gary Olson”

A drag queen and the manager of Hamburger Mary’s chat about the state of drag.

January 2019


“Here’s What Drag Queen and Milwaukee-Native Trixie Mattel is up to Next”

“We all know that we did a great job. Those poor judges really have to split wig hairs.”

January 2018


“Q&A: Trixie Mattel”

Trixie Mattel (real name Brian Firkus) was the first Milwaukee contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” She’s only just begun.

September 2015

And don’t forget that even though our official PrideFest is over, Pride celebrations are still going strong around the city!



Lindsey Anderson covers culture for Milwaukee Magazine. Before joining the MilMag team she worked as an editor at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and wrote freelance articles for ArtSlant and Eater.