Darcelle XV Dies At 92

The world's oldest working drag queen Darcelle XV has died at the age of 92 following nearly six decades on stage.

Darcelle's eponymous Portland nightclub Darcelle XV posted on Facebook last night that Darcelle died from natural causes

Darcelle, who's legal name from Walter Cole, performed as a drag queen for 57 years, and Guinness World Records certified him as the oldest performing drag queen in 2016.

The nightclub Darcelle XV was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2020, becoming the first LGBTQ+ historic site designated in Oregon and one of only eleven sites nationally that have been selected for their significance to LGBTQ Americans.

Darcelle XV was opened by Cole in 1967 and pre-dates the famous Stonewall uprising that is often regarded as the start of the LGBTQ rights movement by two years.

A public memorial is being planned.

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