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Oldest continuous drag club in U.S. gains recognition in the National Register of Historic Places

Oldest continuous drag club in U.S. gains recognition in the National Register of Historic Places

PORTLAND, Ore. — Walter Cole was born and raised in Portland, Oregon. Except for his two years in the military for the Korean War, he’s never lived anywhere else. However, in his 91 years of life, he’s seen a lot.

“I'm a female impersonator, and my stage name is Darcelle XV,” Cole said.

He’s always loved theatre. In 1969, Cole discovered his “alter ego.”

“I’m the world's oldest performing drag queen, the Guinness World Record.”

Cole opened Darcelle XV & Company 54 years ago. At the time, he had recently come out as gay.

Read the full story on ABC 7 Denver HERE.