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A drag queen's final tribute to the grandmother who loved and accepted him

A drag queen's final tribute to the grandmother who loved and accepted him

From under his black veil, sweat trickled down Paul Valdez's face. On the long walk to the casket in the towering Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, dozens of pairs of drifting eyes found him and bored in. To his left, through the veil's spider web of nylon gauze, he could feel the spite in his aunt's voice. "At your own grandmother's funeral," she hissed. "Dressed like a girl." His grandmother, Eva Griego, made dresses for thousands of girls. They got to know her as "Mama," usually beginning with the fitting for their first Communion. They would see her again before their quinceañera, which marks a girl's entrance...

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