Bill Costa, The Queen Rollerena and her Scepter
Untitled (The Queen Rollerena and her Scepter)


Accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity

Chromogenic print (Edition of 5 + 2 APs)

8 x 10 inches (20.32 x 25.4 cm), sheet
6.5 x 9.25 inches (15.875 x 23.5 cm), image


From The Center (New York City’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center): “Rollerena Fairy Godmother came into being on the evening of Saturday, September 16, 1972 by a young man from Kentucky who put on a gown, a 1950s hat, and a straw basket and skated up and down Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, New York City. Over time, Rollerena added to her outfit: rhinestone glasses, costume jewelry, a small horn, and a magic wand to bless mortals became regular accessories to her character. She skated in gay neighborhoods, the Easter Parade, Gay Pride marches, and in popular discos.

“The creator of Rollerena did not consider himself a drag queen; instead she became the character of a Fairy Godmother.”

Work by Bill Costa (1944-1995)