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IRL drawings from the Queerberg/House of Royals Poke House takeover!

Prenz Emrah by Suzanne Forbes April 2020One of the last IRL drag shows I went to was Poke House/House of Presents at Monster Ronsons.

Gieza’s Poke House was having a takeover by House of Royals and the regal Mother of that House, Prens Emrah. It was the first time I drew and met Prenz Emrah, and that seems hard to imagine now, when their inspiration and creative power has become so precious to me.

House of Royals is the drag family of Queerberg Soli-party, a Soli Party with Refugee/ Migrant-PoC Queer performers. The folx of this house are so talented I can’t even begin to describe them. You gotta see for yourself.

You gotta watch Queerberg’s Don’t Rush brush drop. Some of the most beautiful, amazing and creative transformations I’ve ever seen.

Bubu Sababa at Monster Ronsons by Suzanne Forbes April 10 2020That January night was also the first time I drew Buba Sababa!

How it is possible that there was a time before I knew and helplessly stanned Buba? I can’t even imagine. Buba Sababa is the future of cool, the future of gender. More Buba here!

Learn about Prens’ online NOW IRL! incredibly special, fully accessible, QT*I*BIPOC! (Black, Indigenous, People of Colour who are also Queer, Trans and/or Intersex ) bellydance workshop !!

Learn how to keep your oranges fresh here. Such a joy to watch and so happy that Prens holds a space for those of us who have limited mobility and dance from our chairs!

Keil Li Divõn at Monster Ronsons March 31 2020 finished Sept 9 2020 by Suzanne ForbesUpdated Sept 10 with this drawing of the beautiful Keil Li Divõn !

Follow this pastel doll here :), listen here!

It’s so crucial to help Queerberg keep going in this time when the performers have lost their income from shows. Even small amounts matter. Most of the House/crew are refugees and asylum seekers, some of them folx who can’t safely express their true gender in the refugee housing where they live.

Here are all the Instagram accounts from the House of Royals Don’t Rush video; every one is a delightful follow.

Julie Dancer
Song by @haifamagick
Video by @kldivon

Like they say here,

“As refugees, we know exactly what “show must go on” means. And corona is no exception. We are blessed to have each other and the friends who are part of the crew. We cannot wait to come back more resilient, and more beautiful 😘 ”

كلاجئين، نعرف تماما ماذا يعني “العرض لازم يستمر”. والكورونا ليس استثناء. نحن محظوظين لانه لدينا بعضنا البعض والاصدقاء الذي شاركوا معنا. وبانتظار للرجوع كيف كنا واحسن.😘 !!

Mülteciler olarak, “şovun devam etmesi gerektiğini” tam olarak biliyoruz. Korona da buna dahil.
Birbirimize ve ekibin bir parçası olan arkadaşlara sahip olduğumuz için cok sansliyiz.
Daha güclü ve daha güzel geri dönmek için sabırsızlanıyoruz 😘


Queerantina! An incredible live online show of Berlin’s refugee and asylum-seeker drag houses!

The Darvish for Queerantina by Suzanne Forbes April 10 2020SUCH a fantastic show!

Love, love, love the performers of our city’s refugee and asylum-seeker drag houses, like Queerberg, Queer Syria, Queens Against Borders, and House of Royals. These folx have endured so much, and yet they come to our arms with gifts, the gifts of their beings. What a treat to draw The Darvish again, they are the most gorgeous and, I was shocked to learn, self-taught as a dancer. Cause they are SUCH a good dancer!

The Fatal Flash for Queerantina by Suzanne Forbes April 10 2020I was thrilled to live-draw the livestream of this fundraiser show, hosted by Pansy of Pansy’s House of Presents.

Pansy has been working with refugee performers for some time, and I drew folks from House of Royals back in January at the last House of Presents/Gieza’s Pokehouse I went to in person. (That post coming soon!) The beautiful phoenix above is The Fatal Flash, who came from Russia to seek refuge in Berlin. Check out Flash’s show Talk With a Gay!!!

Patricia for Queerantina by Suzanne Forbes April 10 2020Patricia, above, is so fiercely glamorous!

Love to see her beautiful face!

Nicky for Queerantina by Suzanne Forbes April 10 2020This is Nicky!

Performer and MUA Nicky is an essential part of the scene. She is lovely! There are a few more drawings coming, I wanted to get the post up ASAP to give as many people as possible a chance to view the stream of the show while it’s still up!

I learned a lot during the show about the completely unnecessary extra layer of economic hardship refugees are subject to. It is brutal and wrong and I hope folx can help by donating if possible!!! You can donate to Pansy at paypal.me/pansypresents and she will pay tax on the donations and forward funds on.

If you missed Queerantina: an online Soli Show for queer refugees last night, the stream will be up for two more weeks! enjoy at your leisure and tip these performers! Click here to view on twitch!

I am so grateful to my Patrons on Patreon, whose monthly financial support lets me keep documenting Berlin’s queer, intersectional drag performers while I work safely at home.