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DragCon starts in LA, and we were there




Bryce Rider attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Bryce Rider attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
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Bryce Rider attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Glitz Glam, left, and Disco Dollie attend RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
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Bryce Rider attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Sad Girl attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
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Bryce Rider attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Blu Heaven attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
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Bryce Rider attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Ferrite Titties attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
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Bryce Rider attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Jesse Plastique attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
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Bryce Rider attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Valentina attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
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Bryce Rider attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
Queen Elizabeth II attends RuPaul’s DragCon, the first drag convention in history, at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Saturday, May 16, 2015.
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Billed as the first ever of its kind, RuPaul's Drag Con took over the LA Convention Center this past weekend.

Thousands of people from around the country showed up either in drag or to celebrate their love of drag kings and queens.

In the keynote speech, RuPaul said that it was created to give his fans and LGBT people, in general, to take the online connections they've made to create bonds in-person.

"You see each other on Twitter, but this time you get to meet each other in person," he said. "I'm excited for the ripple effect this will have in pop culture for years to come."

There was a diverse crowd in attendance, with drag queens towering above the toddlers who were brought by their parents.

The convention is one of the first to kick-off the LGBT pride events that will take place throughout the summer.



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