Alaska Thunderf**k 5000’s Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Awards Contest

There are many new, emerging drag queens this year, but only one can be Drag Queen of the year!

May 26, of the year 2019 may seem like eons ago— But this momentous date marked the birth of an event that would alter the course of Drag herstory and of the world as we know it.  It was the birth of the first ever Drag Queen of the Year Pageant Competition Awards Contest Competition! 

And now, on Sunday, March 7, 2021 at 2:00 pm PT/5:00 pm ET/ 10:00 pm GMT, a new Drag Queen of the Year shall be crowned! In the first-ever competition of its kind, The DQOY Pageant placed Drag inclusivity at the forefront, creating a space that was open to any and all Drag performers— regardless of their anatomy, gender identity, or experience level.  The result was a fierce competition that electrified the audience, inspired the world, and broke barriers for all of Drag-kind.  

“Lola and I initially set out to do this Pageant as an experiment– What would happen if we held a competition that welcomed all different types of Drag performers, regardless of their gender identity or anatomy or history– all on the same stage”, says Alaska. “The result was way more amazing than we ever could have anticipated, and with the first iteration of the Pageant in 2019 we knew we had birthed something very special.” 

And now, flying in the face of a global pandemic, economic meltdown, and catastrophic political landscape, The Drag Queen of the Year Pageant shall carry on— for the first time in an all new digital format via Sessions Live!

The world as we know it came to a halt shortly after the time we announced the 2020 Pageant, and we had to postpone it indefinitely,” says Alaska. 

“But luckily, thanks to Sessions Live, we now have the perfect streaming platform to put on a digital version of the Pageant.  And at last, we will have the chance to depose Abhora, whose reign as Drag Queen of the Year has gone on far too long, and has brought the world nothing but plague, unrest, and misery.” 

Founded by Pageant Director and extra-terrestrial icon of stage and screen Alaska Thunderfuck 5000, and co-founded by Executive Assistant Pageant Director Lola LeCroix, DQOY is teaming up with the groundbreaking streaming platform Sessions Live to launch a digital Pageant Competition that will bring together an audience from around the globe.  

Featuring 8 stunning contestants, carefully selected by a mysterious panel of anonymous Drag Elders— this collection of outstanding Drag artists will compete for a chance to win a crown, a sash, a bouquet of very nice flowers, and a prestigious title.  Oh, and also $10,000 (via PayPal).  

Join us for the Pageant; join us for the party; and join us for the Revolution. Celebrity judges Nicole Byer, Peppermint, Jiggly Caliente, Vinegar Strokes, Shea Coulee’, Willam and 2019 contestant Aurora Sexton will be tasked with the vital role of judging and scoring the contestants. 2019’s Pageant winner and current reigning queen, Abhora, will be stepping down. Find out who will be crowned the next Drag Queen of the Year! 

Learn more about the contestants here:
Maureen San Diego

Chicago, IL



Brooklyn, NY


Lucy Stoole

Chicago, IL


Tito Soto

Los Angeles, CA 


Cassandra Complex

New Jersey



Chicago, IL


Dixie Surewood

Pittsburgh, PA


Jake Dupree

Los Angeles, CA


For tickets, visit sessionslive.com/DQOY2021/tickets

CLASSIC (early bird for first 500 tickets only) – $20  

CLASSIC PLUS – $49 – access to show, printed official program for the pageant (sent via mail), access to the official 30 minute after-party Q&A with a chance to interact with Alaska & Lola

CLASSIC ELITE –  $79 – access to show, printed official program for the pageant personally SIGNED BY ALASKA (sent via mail), access to the official 30 minute after-party Q&A with a chance to interact with Alaska

ULTRA CLASSIC ELITE 5000 – $149  – access to show, printed official program for the pageant personally SIGNED BY ALASKA (sent via mail), access to the official 30 minute after-party Q&A with a chance to interact with Alaska, a virtual one on one meet & greet with Alaska after the show, a signed limited edition official 2021 Drag Queen of the Year candle by Maison de LeCroix, an official DQOY poster personally signed by ALASKA (sent via mail)

FORMAT: PRE-RECORDED & LIVE (live will be from Loyal Studios arranged by Sessions, and some live remotely from the contestant locations as well from their homes).


A bizarre cosmic collision propelled Alaska to Earth…and onto the fifth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” where she finished in the final 3 before returning and taking the crown as winner of season two of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars.”  She has released three chart-topping studio albums, “Anus,” “Poundcake” and “Vagina” (available on Spotify, Apple Music, etc), been a cast member of VH1’s hit reality series “Scared Famous,”released a young adult novel titled “Alaska Thunderfun and the Inner Space Odyssey” (part of the “Sickening Adventures” fiction series, available everywhere books are sold online), stars as Hattie in the short horror film “The Quiet Room” directed by Sam Wineman and has toured the globe spreading her otherworldly message of love, kindness and gender non-conformity. 

Alaska also co-hosts the wildly popular Race Chaser podcast with Willam and her Youtube videos boast over 60 million views with 15 million views alone (and counting) for 2017’s “The T.” She has over 1.7 million insta followers and over 1.1 million twitter & FB followers. Up next, her first-ever stand-up comedy special is set to be released in early 2021.  Her message to humankind? “If you’re not wearing nails, you are not doing drag.” Find her online at:http://alaskathunderfuck.com.


Co-founded by digital music pioneer and Pandora founder Tim Westergren, Sessions is creating a space to bring artists and fans together for intimate live streamed experiences. Using an AI-driven marketing engine, gaming mechanic and sophisticated monetization capabilities, Sessions empowers musicians to build a global fanbase and earn a sustainable income. Available worldwide, artists and fans can play more, earn more, experience more in Sessions. Visit SessionsLive.com  or download on iOS or Android devices. 

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