What are the salient features of fabulousness? Irony. Tragic history. Defiance. Gender fuck. Glitter. Drama. It is not butch. It is not hot. The cathexis surrounding Fabulousness is not necessarily erotic. The Fabulousness is not delimited by age or beauty. Style has a didactical relationship to physical beauty. The body is real. Style is theatre. The raw materials are reworked into the illusion. For style to be truly fabulous, one must completely triumph over tragedy, age, physical insufficiencies - and just as importantly, one’s audiences must be made aware of the degree of transcendence, of triumph; must see both the triumph and that over which the triumph has been made. (In this, the magic of the Fabulous is precisely the magic of the theater. The wires show. The illusion is always incomplete, inadequate; the work behind the magic is meant to be appreciated.)
— Tony Kushner, “Notes Toward a Theater of the Fabulous” from John M. Clum’s Staging Gay Lives.