Gay rights pioneer ted northe dies at 76

Queen of the Silver Dollar

She arrives in all her splendour every night at nine o’clock And her chariot is a cross-town bus that stops right down the block The ol’ piano minstrel plays a song as she walks in And the queen of the Silver Dollar, she’s home again

She’s the queen of the SilverDollar, and she rules this smoky kingdom And her sceptre is a wine glass and a bar-stool is her throne And the jesters flock around her and fight to win her favours And see which one will take the queen of the Silver Dollar home.

It was a typical 1970s night at the August Club on Richards Street when I arrived early for the evening’s drag show, probably looking forward to reigning drag diva and co-owner ted northe delivering his signature number, Dr. Hook’s “Queen of the Silver Dollar. Continue reading “Gay rights pioneer ted northe dies at 76”