The first question practically begged for Travis McCarty's pointed response.

"Gays do not watch 'Duck Dynasty' unless they're closeted straight people," McCarty told the viewer, who wanted to know if two drag queens had forgiven the A&E show's patriarch Phil Robertson for some anti-gay comments in 2013.

Next, a viewer wanted to know if the hosts think the York Fair should book a gay performer.

Absolutely, said a leggy beauty in hot pink lipstick and 6-inch heels adorned with silver spikes. Someone like Adam Lambert would probably draw "more people than they could handle," Diamond Taylor said.

It was the third question that put a serious kink into McCarty's and Taylor's give-and-take performance as hosts of White Rose Community Television's "The Queens View."

Hosts Travis McCarty, left, and Diamond Taylor prepare for a taping of the WRCT show "The Queens View."
Hosts Travis McCarty, left, and Diamond Taylor prepare for a taping of the WRCT show "The Queens View." (John A. Pavoncello —

A 17-year-old from Dallastown asked for coming-out advice.

"I came out when I fell out," Taylor said bluntly.

The joke already delivered, she softened. "Not your average guy," Taylor said; she never needed to have the "I'm gay" conversation. Her parents always knew. But, for some people, coming out of the closet is rough, Taylor told the camera.

Ease into it, she said. Suggest watching a movie that might spark a conversation, Taylor told the Dallastown teen.

The show: On a Sunday afternoon in July, the two drag queens and their unlikely producer recorded the newest taping of "The Queens View" — a takeoff on ABC's "The View."

The show has aired on York City's WRCT Channel 16 since 2009. New episodes air Thursdays at 7:30 p.m. Other opportunities to catch the show are Fridays at 3:30 a.m. and noon and Saturdays at 5 p.m.

The cast has changed since the show's beginning, but Ray Alexander Rosario has remained the show's loyal director and executive producer since a former Club XS manager asked him to check out a drag show.

"It was absolutely phenomenal," Rosario, 34, said. "It was art. It was like theater to me."

Soon, Rosario — who hosts his own WRCT show — was auditioning drag queens to talk about politics and fashion on camera. Six years later, "The Queens View" is gaining momentum, Rosario said.

Viewers regularly email questions, which the show uses to generate conversations among McCarty, Taylor and another drag queen named Poison.

Hateful emails show up in Rosario's inbox too. People want to know why a straight man — a professional wrestler, nonetheless — would hang out with drag queens.

Rosario said he figures there's not much of a difference. Drag queens are performers like wrestlers.

Besides, he said, both wear tights.

Changing perspectives: Looking back, Rosario said he had a warped perspective on drag before he started producing the show. Over time, he said, he came to recognize the talent of the performers. The vision for the show grew with that realization, he said.

"I knew if I had that (perception), then a bunch of people had that issue," Rosario said. "I wanted to change perspectives."

Rosario said he's not sure how many people watch the show. But, judging by the emails, many of the viewers are straight, he said.

Like most interesting things, drag is not a one-size-fits-all concept.

For example, some drag queens use the makeup and the costume as an avenue for self-expression. McCarty, however, said his personality remains the same regardless of whether he's dressed as a man or a woman.

"This is getting all those pent-up years of fabulousness, so to speak, and letting it all back out," he said.

Yet, on the show, McCarty — whose drag name is Kalina Kirkpatrick — said he usually appears dressed as a man.

"I think it's easier for the straight public eye to relate," he said.

It's a bit different for Taylor, who lives in Harrisburg. She personifies a woman most of the time, though she hesitated to use the term "transgender."

For a long time, people thought drag was about sex, but perceptions are changing, Taylor said. For example, many women consider it flattering that men would want to experience a feminine persona, she said.

That said, drag is not exclusive to men. Women can transform into drag kings, Taylor said.

McCarty said he considers drag an art with deep roots in theater. Putting on a dress and makeup is akin to a painter putting color on a canvas, he said.

And, as gay people gain rights, the market for gay culture becomes more mainstream, McCarty said.

"Everybody wants a piece of it," he said.