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Author, journalist and drag queen (they/them)
Tom is a Lancashire-born author, journalist, screenwriter and drag queen. Tom’s memoir Diary of a Drag Queen has been published in 2019 to rave reviews and is currently being adapted for television. Tom brought the pages of their memoir to life in their solo drag show: Crystal Rasmussen presents the Bible 2 (Plus a cure for shame, violence, betrayal and athlete’s foot). The show ran at the Soho Theatre and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, becoming one of the top twenty best reviewed shows of the Fringe 2019. Crystal Rasmussen is a ‘Global Phenomenon’, who hosts a hit Comedy Central online series Dragony Aunts, and has starred in the ever iconic Eastenders.
Tom trained to be a vet, but quit when they first read Judith Butler and found a place to do drag onstage. They have just got a baby English Bull Terrier called Celine Dion – marrying their interest in animals and camp icons. Crystal has been on a lifelong cruise around the world for the last year, being waited on hand and foot. This is the first time she’ll be stepping off deck since she departed Scarborough.
My favourite TED talk:
How I embrace contradiction as a queer Muslim drag queen