A documentary about Baltimore’s favorite drag queen, Divine, (nee Harris Glenn Milstead) is making quite a splash at South by Southwest this week, the New York Times reports. Filmmaker Jeffrey Schwarz tells The Times that the movie about the John Waters muse focuses on his “celebration of the outsider and renegade in all of us.” The movie has been a standout in a large field of documentaries at the festival about lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender icons.
Divine, who died in 1988, grew up in Lutherville and went to Towson High, where he was a member of the class of 1963. In describing his Baltimore County upbringing, Divine once said, “I was an only child in, I guess, your upper middle-class American family. I was probably your American spoiled brat.”
Read “Looking Divine at South by Southwest” at The New York Times.