- TIMOTHY RYSDYKE
- Jinkx Monsoon
It was the best of times, it was the even better best of times, and there were some pretty damn good times, too, if I do remember correctly. (Ooh, my poor beer-battered brain!) I do hate to see 2013 go tits up, it's true. But "time" or whatever stubbornly insists on marching gaily forward, mostly regardless of what the hell I think about it, and SO! Here we are, faced once again with looking back on the fabulousity of the big gay year that was and ferreting out its finer moments. So let's do it. (I'll try hard not to make it too Jinkx Monsoon–y. Which will, of course, prove quite impossible, starting in 3... 2...)
So, Jinkx Monsoon. The year began with the announcement that she was competing on RuPaul's Drag Race season five, and 2013 only got Jinkxier from there. She set the theme and/or tone for our entire damn year, beginning on New Year's Eve with a gala Nark event (naturally enough)—the Hey Tranny It's Tranny vs. Party Schmarty NYE Bash. Then, of course, Jinkx went on to seriously kick some befrocked RPDR bootay, racing to a beautiful victory and dragging gay Seattle's heart by the balls along with her. Then an extended off-Broadway run, a European tour, a new holiday show, a gayzillion performances, parties, and events—in a general and most specific way, Jinkx was in a Best of Gay Seattle 2013 category all of her own.