House of LeMay
|House of LeMay|
The House of LeMay is a drag performance team founded in the early 1990s by Bob Bolyard (Amber LeMay) and Michael Hayes (Margaurite LeMay). The other regular member of the team is Johnnie McLaughlin (Lucy Belle LeMay). The House of LeMay is based in Burlington, Vermont, but in their act they say they are from "The Hot Dam Trailer Park in Beaver Pond, Vermont".
The House of LeMay performs throughout the year, and they often raise money for charitable causes. They organize and host the annual "Winter is a Drag Ball", one of the largest drag balls in New England. This event raises thousands of dollars for the Vermont People With AIDS Coalition, and sells about 1000 tickets each year. Members of The House of LeMay have also performed repeatedly in Provincetown, Massachusetts at the annual drag brunch, a fundraiser for Help Our Women. More than once, The House of LeMay has been a part of a public school fundraiser for the drama department at Edmunds Middle School.
The House of LeMay is the subject of the 2008 documentary, "Slingbacks and Syrup". This documentary explores the first 15 years of The House of LeMay, and illustrates how they rose from being an unknown act to widely accepted members of the community. "Slingbacks and Syrup" had its world premiere at the Vermont International Film Festival in 2008.
In 2009, the Honorable Bob Kiss, Mayor of Burlington, Christopher Neff, Executive Director of Outright VT, Mark Redmond, Executive Director of Spectrum Youth & Family Services, Phil Fiermonte of US Senator Sanders’ office, and the staff of the RU12? Community Center gave The House of LeMay a certificate for the "Vermont GBLQT Lifetime Activism and Performing Arts Achievement Award for Outstanding leadership and commitment to bettering and entertaining the community."
Lucy Belle LeMay has repeatedly won awards in Provincetown, MA at the annual Drag Bingo fundraiser. She was named "Best Drag Queen" in 2001, and won "Biggest Hair" in 2002, 2003, 2004, and 2007. In 2008, Margaurite LeMay won "Most Outrageous Drag Queen" at this event.
In 2011 at the 13th Annual Queer Community Dinner in Vermont, The House of LeMay was named the recipients of the 2011 Queer Volunteer of the Year award.
- The Babes of Beaver Pond, Cathy Resmer, Seven Days, February 7, 2006.
- Introducing the House of LeMay, Tammye Nash, Dallas Voice, November 19, 2008.[dead link]
- Bob's Your Everything, Alice Levitt, Seven Days, November 12, 2008.
- Slideshow: Winter is a Drag Ball 2009, Seven Days, February 16, 2009.
- Burlington Beauties, Erin Trahan, New England Film, January 1, 2009.
- Edge, Boston, MA, December 3, 2008.
- VTIFF Website, 2008. Archived May 8, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- VIFF Moves to Palace 9, Seven Days, October 15, 2008.
- Bump! Website, 2010.
- Seven Days, Cathy Resmer, 2009.
- Green Mountain Daily and House of Lemay Take Top Honors in 2009 Daysie Awards, Philip Baruth, Vermont Daily Briefing, August 7, 2009.