Diva Jenna Skyy spells ‘mother’ C-A-R-M-E-N

Many gay people struggle to win their family’s acceptance when they come out. And when they do drag? Well, let’s just say not all moms and dads readily embrace their kids.

Not so with Joe Hoselton, known professionally as drag diva Jenna Skyy. Hoselton’s parents, who live in Arlington, could not be happier with their son’s talent.

For this Mother’s Day weekend, we asked Joe and his mom Carmen to come by, and for Carmen to tell us a little about what she thinks of her son’s alter ego. One thing is clear: She’s as proud of him as he is of her. Even a queen has his queen.

— Arnold Wayne Jones


Dallas Voice: Who’s better at makeup? Who gives whom advice?  Carmen Hoselton: I don’t know. He’s never asked me and I don’t wear a lot of makeup.

When did you first see Joe perform in drag?  Several years ago at Gay Bingo at the Lakewood Theater.

And what do you think of Jenna Skyy?  I think she’s beautiful. Absolutely. Even if she wasn’t Joe, she does a wonderful job — she just takes my breath away.  But I don’t like it when [Jenna] wears the pale lipstick.

What’s your favorite gift to get for Mother’s Day?  When they come to visit. That’s all I want — their time.

How many children do you have? Three sons and nine grandkids (ages 11 to 19).

What are you most looking forward to about this Mother’s Day?  Several are coming to visit me. They aren’t all where I can see ’em, but it’s nice so many will be there.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition May 11, 2012.