Prizm News / December 1, 2018 / By Argonian Photography

Warren Serrani / Aurora Thunder

Hometown: Cleveland
Identifies As: Gay
Pronouns: He/Him/His




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Give us the story of Aurora. What’s she all about?

Photo by Argonian Photography)

I’m a Cleveland queen who’s been performing for about three years. I got my start at a young age, playing dress-up in my mother’s clothes and makeup, and now I’ve been making my way around Cleveland performing at everything from local bars to college shows, to my full- time job at Progressive Insurance and Pride in the CLE.

I lost my mom suddenly at age 15 and have struggled with depression and anxiety throughout my life, so when I discovered drag for the first time when I came out in 2013, it made me think of my childhood moments of dressing up and I knew I wanted to try it.

Since then, I’ve been voted Cleveland’s Best Drag Queen in 2017 and 2018 by Cleveland Scene Magazine. I pride myself in being a self-proclaimed “drag chameleon,” adapting to any situation, venue, theme or look that the moment calls for.

I plan to spend 2019 getting more involved with Cleveland’s LGBT Center and the youth programs they have, including starting a drag queen story time.

More to come on that and other adventures!

Are you excited for the new season of “Drag Race,” and who are you rooting for?

I’m excited for the new cast of “All Stars” Season 4! I’m excited and rooting for some older “Drag Race” alums from earlier seasons, specifically Latrice Royale and Manila Luzon.

You can follow Aurora Thunder on Instagram @aurora.thunder.


One of Us is a monthly portrait celebrating the diversity of Ohio’s LGBTQ+ community.


Bob Vitale
A Toledo native and graduate of Toledo Public Schools, Bob has worked as a local government and politics reporter for The Columbus Dispatch, as a Washington correspondent for Thomson Newspapers and as editor-in-chief for Outlook Ohio. He has a bachelor's degree in journalism and political science from Ball State University and a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois-Springfield.