Thorgy Thor was born on May 25, 1984, in Ronkonkoma, New York, U.S. as Shane Galligan. She is a drag queen and musician known internationally for being a participant in the reality T.V. show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” She also has a notable musical career, having performed with string instruments at the Le Poisson Rouge, the Lincoln Center, and Carnegie Hall. She also created the symphony show “Thorgy and the Thorchestra” with conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, which combines orchestral performances of traditional and modern classical music and contemporary pop songs.
Thorgy Thor was born on May 25, 1984, in Ronkonkoma, New York, U.S. as Shane Thor Galligan. She began dressing up as a kid, but it wasn’t until much later that she became a drag queen. She studied music at the University of Hartford Hartt School in Connecticut before graduating from the State University of New York with a Bachelor of Music in both viola and violin performance in 2006. That year, she moved to Brooklyn.
Her first performance-based drag was as Frank N. Furter in “The Rocky Horror Picture Show.” She then entered and won drag competitions with the name “Shenanigans”, and later as Thorgy Thor. She won the LEGEND award at the 2014 Brooklyn Nightlife Awards. Then, she moved back to New York, working at nightclubs like Sugarland and F.WORD. She won some Glammy awards for her work at F.WORD and ‘SALIVA Tuesdays’ at The Ritz. She had auditioned for “Ru Paul’s Drag Race” since season one and was finally announced to compete on the eighth show season on February 1, 2016. She placed sixth out of 12 overall. That year, she contributed to the album “Christmas Queens 2,” released on November 11. Thor was brought back for the third season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race: All-Stars,” revealed on October 20, 2017, however, she got eliminated in ninth place by season two and three queen Shangela. She also contributed to that year’s Christmas album, released on November 17.
In 2018, Thor created the symphony show “Thorgy and the Thorchestra” with conductor Daniel Bartholomew-Poyser, which combines orchestral performances of traditional and modern classical music and contemporary pop songs. She returned to reality T.V. with the T.L.C. special “Drag Me Down the Aisle,” which aired on March 9, 2019, and was expanded into a full series titled “Dragnificent!” which premiered on April 19, 2020. In 2021, she was a guest in the second season of the web series “Purse First Impressions,” and then became a co-host with Bob the Drag Queen in the third season.
She is born Shane Galligan in Ronkonkoma, New York, U.S.
Thor finishes her studies at New York’s State University where she gets a Bachelor of Music in both viola and violin performance.
Thor places sixth out of twelve overall, and contributes to their Christmas album that year, officially starting her musical career as well.
Thor Creates "Thorgy and The Thorchestra; a symphony show that combines orchestral performances of traditional and modern classical music and contemporary pop songs.
Initially, Thor is a guest in season two, but during the third season, she becomes a co-host with Bob the Drag Queen.
Why We Love Thorgy Thor
She combined both her passions
A longtime dream of hers, Thor was able to combine her drag shows with her love of classical and pop music, all in one spectacular show. You have to respect her creativity and uniqueness.
She’s one of the most relatable queens
When Thor first introduced herself in "Ru Paul’s Drag Race," she got her own age wrong. This alone instantly made her a favorite among many fans.
She stayed strong despite trouble with producers
In season three of "All-Stars," Thor complained that she lacked any real opportunity to stand out, and many fans and fellow queens agreed. Thor even asked production for some props but was denied. Many fans were angry and criticized the show for manipulating the competition, making her seem paranoid, or even as a villain; but Thor didn’t cause any more drama, and found even greater success somewhere else.
5 Surprising Facts
She considers herself a Brooklyn queen
Thor has also said that Brooklyn’s drag style contributed to her aesthetic.
She became a meme during "All-Stars"
When Thor was eliminated from the show, her reaction was to just say "Oh Jesus, gross", which was turned into a three-second video clip and became a viral meme.
She voted for her rival in "All-Stars"
Despite having a rocky relationship with Shangela, who had eliminated her previously in the show, Thor was the only one to vote for her in the finale.
Her mother died when she was 19
She died of cancer two days before Thor’s birthday.
Her grandfather was also famous
He was an Olympic ski-jumping champion from Norway.
Thorgy Thor FAQs
Where did Thorgy Thor get her name?
Her drag name is derived from her real middle name, Thor, as she was named after her grandfather.
Who is the tallest "Drag Race" queen?
Tempest DuJour is not only the tallest contestant in the show but also the tallest drag queen in the world, being eight feet tall.
Who is the shortest drag queen?
The shortest drag queen on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is Kenya Michaels, with a height of five feet.
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