Move Over, Babadook: The Newest Gay Icon Is A Crocodile Drag Queen From Brazil

Walk into the swamp, purse first!

Just as quickly as the Babadook become an unexpected queer icon, another fictional character has been embraced for Pride month: Meet Cuca, a mythological crocodile with a penchant for blond wigs and sass who steals from naughty children. (In some legends, she actually eats the kiddies.)

Cuca surfaced as an Internet meme last week and quickly took off. Fans have been interjecting her into Pride parades and some of RuPaul’s Drag Race’s most infamous scenes.

She’s appeared in children’s books as far back as the 1920s, but its the live-action version from 1970s television that’s making the rounds.

Who will be the next monster baddie embraced as an LGBT superstar? Could you see Freddie Krueger or Michael Myers on a Pride float?

Dan Avery is a writer-editor who focuses on culture, breaking news and LGBT rights. His work has appeared in Newsweek, The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Advocate and elsewhere.