Joshua Grinnell is – as the title points out – Better Known as Peaches Christ, the San Francisco drag legend who has been entertaining audiences and FUCKING SHIT UP for decades now. In this fascinating short biographical documentary by Nate Visconti and Jeff Dragomanovich, the queer icon discusses the origin of her name, the evolution of her character, and the function that drag has served in her journey to live as her authentic self.
On the difference between Joshua and Peaches:
“Im not much of a partier, I’m not very outrageous” Joshua tells the camera. “I think I get a lot out of my system being Peaches. All of this armor really helps me channel what I want to express. As cheesy as it sounds, I believe that Peaches Christ was the vehicle, or the gateway, that allowed Joshua to love himself. It’s really hard when you grow up queer almost anywhere to love yourself fully. But I think it was through Peaches that Joshua was able to embrace himself fully and say ‘You know what? I’m not going to be president any time soon, so I might as well do whatever the fuck I want, trying to make a living doing what I love.’ And it’s worked out.”
Watch below. (via HuffPo)
Two decades after Joshua Grannell gave birth to his bold, brazen, busty alter-ego, Peaches Christ has become a beloved cult icon. This lush, intimate portrait offers a rare candid glimpse into the pre-show transformation of San Francisco’s most sought-after drag queen. Both man and queen get personal as they discuss transgression, catharsis, and how by becoming someone else, Joshua learned to love himself.