Showing posts with label Drag Queen. Show all posts
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April 19, 2015

Anti Gay Republican Candidate was Drag Queen


                                                                           
                                                                              

Steve Wiles is your standard Republican candidate for the US Senate: he’s pro-gun. He’s anti-marriage equality. He used to be a drag queen and emceed the Miss Gay America pageant. Totally your typical Republican. 

Wait, a Republican drag artist? 

That’s right. 

Apparently the last Republican mid-term election got a bit nasty in North Carolina…or at least, that’s what Wiles thinks. The Winston-Salem Journal posted an article breaking the news that one Republican candidates who is all for a constitutional ban on marriage equality in North Carolina is a former drag queen. 

You could say that this bit of news queered his campaign. 

But there is so much wrong with a lot of his beliefs. 

For instance, this is his stance on same-sex marriage: “I don't really understand how you can separate the fact that marriage is a religious institution.” 

Let’s look at this in a historical context: marriage today is virtually nothing like it was thousands of years ago. Originally, it wasn’t about love. It was also (and this might be a shock to some) not really about religion either. It was a contract between two familiesthat often had to do with money, power, and land—there’s a reason why the bride’s family provided a dowry in so many cultures. Marriage for love only started becoming a thing about 250 years ago, and marriage wasn’t a religious institution until about the 1500s. 

Not that logic really matters, because Wiles says now that he has a problem with people who are gay. 

Looooooooord, this makes this man a bit of a hot mess. He was a drag queen. He frequented gay nightclubs. He was an emcee for Miss Gay America, of all contests. 

According to Business Insider, when Wiles was asked “whether his objection to the gay lifestyle was the reason he stopped promoting Miss Gay America,” he said, “It was. It really was.”

As to whether he also considers himself “ex-gay,” well…when asked about it, he said, “No, no, I really won’t make any comments on that.” 

Today, Wiles just says that having been a drag queen named Mona Sinclair is an embarrassment. 

He has some other oddities as well. For instance, he went from being a registered Democrat in 2008 to a Republican in 2012. Slate has suggested a very creative explanation for this: the persona of Steve Wiles is actually an act, perhaps the ultimate performance. It’s a man pretending to be a woman pretending to be a man. To quote Interview with the Vampire, “How avant garde.” 

The whole thing is enough to make your head spin. Why does he think he should be embarrassed about this past? Should he feel the need to re-closet himself? 

Perhaps this is a symptom of a problem within conservative politics: why can’t someone be both a Republican and gay? This should be an important question, as Log Cabin Republicans are being turned away from a conservative convention in Colorado. It’s also important to remember that all of the Republican candidates for president have backed the anti-LGBT law in Indiana

Maybe the time has come for the GOP to look at itself and see if there is still room for bigotry.

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January 13, 2015

Muslim Drag Queens; Every nationality has them! (vid)

Meet Ali, a gay Pakistani asylum-seeker preparing for his first performance as a drag queen. Ali fled Pakistan, where he was persecuted for being gay, but now faces abuse from his neighbours in London. Mentored by Asifa Lahore, the UK's first Muslim drag queen, Ali is determined to overcome his fears and express himself in a dance performance at the UK's biggest 'gaysian' club night


April 29, 2014

Austria’s Choice for Eurovision Song Contest is a Bearded Drag Queen

Austria’s controversial choice in contestants for this year’s annual Eurovision Song Contest – the bearded drag queen known as Conchita Wurst – has upset several  Eastern European competing countries, which have called for Wurst’s removal, reports Reuters.
Eurovision, which is known throughout Europe for its massive gay following, launched the careers not only of well-known musical acts such as ABBA and Celine Dion but also transgender Israeli singer Dana International, who took home the top honors at the contest in 1998.
However, countries with prevailing antigay attitudes, including Armenia, Belarus, and Russia, have launched online petitions to have Wurst either removed from the competition or edited out of the Eurovision television broadcasts in their homelands.
Wurst, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, has even drawn criticism from other Eurovision contenders, including Armenian contestant Aram MP3, who said Wurst’s way of life was “not natural,” then backpedaled and claimed his comments were in jest.
However, Wurst remains focused on his goal and plans to stay true to his image, beard and all, when he performs his song entry, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” during the competition. “The beard is a statement to say that you can achieve anything, no matter who you are or how you look,” Wurst told Reuters in a recent interview.
The 25-year-old drag performer hopes simply being visible on the stage of one of the world’s oldest TV contests will also help inspire hope in LGBT people who are being oppressed in other countries around the world. “Being a teenager, a gay teenager, in such a small village is not that much fun. I am part of the gay community and most gays have a similar story to mine,” Wurst told Reuters.
Eurovision has scheduled the first of two semifinal dates for May 6 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen.

Watch the music video for Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” below.

July 5, 2013

In Moskow Actress Tilda Swinson Shows The Rainbow In Solidarity with LGTB She Also Appears In Drag With James Franco in USA

Tilda Swinton with a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin
  
British actress Tilda Swinton has been photographed waving a gay pride flag in Moscow’s Red Square. Lee Williscroft-Ferris reports.


52-year-old UK actress Tilda Swinton has been captured on camera brandishing a pride flag in direct view of the Kremlin in the Russian capital.
Russia remains firmly in the international human rights spotlight, due to an ‘anti-gay propaganda’ law currently awaiting Vladimir Putin’s signature. The legislation, which received overwhelming backing from members of the Duma, also bans pride marches from taking place anywhere in the country. In addition, there has been an upsurge in homophobic violence in recent months, despite homosexual acts having been decriminalised in 1993.
The world’s largest country has also come under criticism due to the continued imprisonment of two members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot, convicted of hooliganism motivated by racial hatred.
Swinton, known for her roles in films such as The BeachThe Chronicles of Narnia and We Need To Talk About Kevinis yet to give a reason for her actions. However, her representative Christian Hodell has urged people to share the image, saying ‘Please share this message from Tilda: ‘In solidarity. From Russia with love’.’
Source: 

 LEE WILLISCROFT-FERRIS

Tilda Swinton
Actress
Katherine Mathilda "Tilda" Swinton is an award-winning British actress and model known for both arthouse and mainstream films. Wikipedia
Born: November 5, 1960 (age 52),London, United Kingdom          
Height: 5' 11" (1.79 m)
Full name: Katherine Mathilda Swinton
Partner: Sandro Kopp (2004–)
Children: Honor ByrneXavier Byrne
She is also my niw hero and fan (Adam)
James Franco and Tilda SwintonA lot of actors cultivate the appearance of being multi-layered and kind of bizarre, but few have made it their life’s work like Tilda Swinton and James Franco seemingly have. Both Tilda and James known as experimental beings who often gender bend and play with their own identities. But while some of James’ antics seem like calculated affectations (ahem, “General Hospital”), there is no denying that Tilda is an absolute dyed-in-the-wool weirdo. Here are five strange things Tilda Swinton did long before James Franco had even dreamed of appearing on daytime television as, like, a total cultural statement, man.
You can say anything you want about James Franco but he is shown that he is not afraid to play any part of wear any custom. I wonder how many personalities are tucked up behind that beautiful bud of his!
 


November 28, 2012

Carnival Cruise Lines Tells RuPaul We LOve your Queens But Not in Our Castle

carrying about two dozen drag queens from Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race (including local favorite Latrice Royale), but Carnival Cruises has managed to spark a bit of controversy a week before the ship even sails by banning drag costumes. Yes, they've banned drag costumes from a drag queen-themed cruise.
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On December 2, the Carnival Glory will depart from the Port of Miami 

Like most themed cruise packages, not everyone aboard the Glory will be there for the drag queens. While revelers will enjoy private Drag Race themed events with queens including Sharon Needles, Manila Luzon and the incomparable Stacy Layne Matthews, they'll also be traveling on the ship alongside regular ol' cruise ship passengers.

While the performers will obviously be able to dress in drag, Miami-based Carnival Cruises sent out a letter to passengers informing them that they will not be able to do the same.

Here's an except of the letter from AmericaBlog:

Carnival attracts a number of families with children and for this reason; we strive to present a family friendly atmosphere. It is important to us that all guests are comfortable with every aspect of the cruise. Although we realize this group consists solely of adults, we nonetheless expect all guests to recognize that minors are onboard and, refrain from engaging in inappropriate conduct in public areas.

Arrangements have been made for drag performances in the main theater featuring stars from LOGO TV. These functions will be private and only the performers are permitted to dress in drag while in the theater. Guests are not allowed to dress in drag for the performances or in public areas at any time during the cruise.

We're sorry to say that any guest who violates our policies and/or whose behavior affects the comfort and enjoyment of other guests, will be disembarked at their own expense and no refund will be given.
Sure sounds like Carnival is trying to protect children from the sight of men in sequins, because you know innocent children never see cross dressing. Except for maybe like Mrs. Doubtfire, Glee, Big Momma's House, She's The Man, every other Eddie Murphy movie,Mulan, Jack and Jill, the team Rocket dude from Pokemon, or old Bugs Bunny cartoons.

But then, Al and Chuck Travel, the gay-owned company promoting the cruise, clarified on their Facebook page that despite how the letter came off, Carnival isn't banning drag to protect children from gender bending, but actually for a few more serious reason: 9/11:
Carnival's "no costumes rule" is NOT meant to be an insult to the gay community. As a gay business, we would not have organized this cruise if they were prejudiced against gay people. This rule goes for both GAY and STRAIGHT passengers that travel on all Carnival cruises. It is in response to the post-911 world we live in. It is meant to protect passengers and guests - NOT to marginalize a few.
The Facebook posting also added, "let's use this opportunity to set an example so that all the world can see that the GLBT community can follow rules and regulations just like everyone else" ...which, uh what? Is this really a problem? Do homophobes sit around thinking, "Well, you know, my main problem with the gays is that they don't follow cruise ship rules and regulations?"

The posting did clarify that transgendered cruise passengers should not be worried that the rules would apply to them.

Sounds to us like Mickey Arison's Carnival Cruises could have handled the situation better by informing all passengers that no ornate costumes of any kind were permitted instead of signaling out a LGBT group and telling them not to wear drag.

Though, interestingly, Carnival has hosted Halloween-themed cruises that specifically featured costume parties.

Several commenters on the Al and Chuck Travel Facebook posting are not pleased.

"I will demand a refund from Al and Chuck Travel, and I will gladly partake in a class action lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines," wrote one. "If we want discrimination to cease, we must be the voice. Someone, and everyone involved, needs to be held accountable for this outrage. Who defines, 'uncomfortable?' I have been excited about this trip for months and months, and here I am, a few days from sailing, and I am already uncomfortable."

"As someone who watched the WTC fall from my window I don't remember drag queens having anything to do with that," wrote another. "When in doubt, blame 9/11...spare me! I hope your agency and Carnival get hit with a class-action discrimination suit."

Update: Season Four winner, and perhaps the show's biggest breakout star, Sharon Needles has chimed in on her Facebook

This letter was sent to all of the vacationers who are embarking on the Drag Stars at Sea Cruise, and it is COMPLETELY against my values...and hopefully everyone else's as well...before drag race, nothing was more exciting to me than dressing up and watching my idols perform. I love that my fans dress up at my shows, FREAKS STAND UP! YOU ARE BORN NAKED AND THE REST IS DRAG!!
Carnival Cruises is said to be releasing an official statement on the matter shortly. 
By Kyle Munzenrieder
blogs.miaminewtimes.com


 

March 20, 2012

Chow Down (at Chick-fil-A) Video

Drag Queens Endorsed anti gay Chick-fil-A
You need to watch this it very well made and self explanatory.  It was made by the Drag Queens of the
Rupaul's Drag Race Show.





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October 24, 2011

The Kind of ‘Straight’ Man Interested in a Drag Queen




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I’m gender queer and was told by a friend that the porn shop she worked in carried a wide selection of magazines and films catering to an interest in trans women. That sort of implies it’s popular enough to support that much material on it — which is really interesting when you think of the way many straight males react to any other “male” behaving in a “female” way. I really wouldn’t be surprised to find out the guys who try to bash me are secretly turned on by my existence — although, I’d prefer they just send flowers or something. Is this becoming a more common attraction?
Seriously, FTD.com! It isn’t that hard. Sure, flowers cost more and won’t last as long as self-hatred, but that’s a good thing.
Back to your question, though: I assume you’re talking about transsexual women who haven’t fully transitioned, since that’s the most popular type of gender queer porn. For uninitiated readers, that means people born with male bodies but who identify as female and have not had full sexual reassignment surgery, although breast implants are common. In the ever tasteful and humanizing world of porn, they are referred to as “she-males,” “chicks with dicks” or “lady boys.” In similar fashion, men who are attracted to trans women are colloquially called “tranny chasers” or “transfans” — sometimes affectionately, sometimes not. The technical, although still controversial, term for such attractions is gynandromorphophilia (the correct pronunciation of which is equivalent to stuffing your mouth with food and saying damn near anything).
With that vocabulary lesson out of the way, we can move on to just how many men have these attractions, a question easily answered: We just don’t know. What we do know is that “T-girl” porn is the fourth most popular type of adult website, according to “A Billion Wicked Thoughts,” a book I cite at least once a month. “The main audience for T-girl porn,” explain authors Sai Gaddam and Ogi Ogas, “is heterosexual men.” They speculate that the appeal of this genre comes from the “novel juxtaposition” of feminine cues, like breasts, with the penis, which “has a special power to activate the male sexual brain” – yes, even the heterosexual male brain (that helps explain all those large male members in straight porn).
Daniel Harris, a gay journalist whose memoir “Diary of a Drag Queen” chronicles his experiences dressing in drag in an attempt to attract heterosexual men, argues that of all the types of men who are attracted to trans women, the “Horny Straight Male” is the easiest to understand. He’s “an opportunist who is willing to overlook the imperfections of the disguise for the sake of a good blow job, which he has heard through the sexual grapevine, correctly as everyone knows” – or, ahem, as gay men like himself unsurprisingly believe — “is more expertly administered by men than by women.” However, based on his experience, “there isn’t a single type but many types” who are attracted to trans women and drag queens. For example, there is “the man who is actually a homosexual and whose interest in transvestites is exclusively genital.” Then are the “genuine fetishists, the ones who actively seek out transvestites and may even prefer them to women.”
Looking for a more scientific analysis? Ray Blanchard, who did a series of studies on transsexualism in the ’80s, told me by email, “There are certainly no decent epidemiological data on the prevalence of this interest. There is hardly any research of any kind.” One recent exception to this rule was a paper out of Northwestern University in which researchers recruited 205 men with a sexual interest in trans women for an online survey and found that 51 percent identified as straight, 41 percent called themselves bisexual and a piddling six men ID’d as gay. Kevin Hsu, one of the study’s researchers, says this “contrasts with one popular misconception that men who have an interest in trans women must be gay men, or closeted gays.”
Out of their sample, 55 percent said their ideal sexual partner would be a woman and 36 percent preferred a transwoman. “The interest in trans women appears to be a distinct sexual interest separate from heterosexual men’s attraction to women for the majority of men, but there is a substantial minority who may experience it as their sexual orientation,” Hsu says. “That is, their sexual attraction to trans women is the central part of their sexuality and not a secondary interest.” These are the “genuine fetishists” that Harris writes about. Interestingly, the researchers also found that “men who are sexually attracted to trans women also reported, on average, higher sexual arousal from imagining themselves as women than heterosexual males without this interest,” says Hsu — and yet most had never cross-dressed.
There are plenty of theories about where a dominant interest in trans women comes from, but none have been proven. Hsu runs through some of these — “earlier and more frequent masturbation reinforcing whatever random flotsam gets into fantasy early in life,” “accidental byproduct of a cognitively complex species that can visualize and fantasize about social relationships,” and so on — but ultimately argues, “All these theories are explanations of why kinks develop, not why particular kinks develop. That is probably just random. Psychodynamic explanations abound but without any evidence.”
It’s also true that attempts to “diagnose” attraction to transsexuals can be unfortunately stigmatizing and pathologizing. Trans activists like Julia Serano have written extensively about the problems with viewing such attractions as a fetish: “This is extremely invalidating, as it insinuates that we cannot be loved or appreciated as whole people, but rather only as ‘fetish objects.’” Similarly, Sass of the blog Transpinay Rising, writes, “The question shouldn’t be why these men are attracted to us, but why is society forcing us to justify this attraction in the first place. I feel the question arises because people have already pre-judged that being sexually or romantically attracted to people like me is perverted and immoral.” Also, keep in mind that what limited studies have been done on this topic have often focused on men who are in one way or another actively seeking out M2F transsexuals — via online personals, for example. This doesn’t account for men who might find individual trans women attractive for reasons other than their specific gender identity.
Your question isn’t so much “Am I normal?” but rather “Are those guys who are attracted to me normal?” Well, they’re certainly common, judging from the wild popularity of T-girl sites, which cannot merely be explained by people’s passing curiosity. This wouldn’t be the first time that the world of online porn proved that “normal” is rarely what we think it is.

October 10, 2011

Drag queen by night, single dad by day


Chicago man breaks gay and straight stereotypes

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Marcus Parker lives in California with three children. He grew up in Chicago. (Bob Chamberlin, Tribune Newspapers /September 1, 2011)



By the time Marcus Parker left his hometown of Chicago in 2005 for California, he was well known around the city's drag-queen show circuit as Flame Monroe, the 5-foot-8, stacked diva with the crimson wig and extra-blue comedy act.

What most people wouldn't guess about the flamboyant Parker, who returns to Chicago this weekend for several shows, is that he's a devoted single father who is careful to tone down the color around his young children.

When he takes his son, 8, and two daughters, ages 8 and 4, to school every morning, he wears an Ace bandage around his size 36CC breast implants along with army fatigue clothing to further camouflage his curves.

"I also hunch my back to draw in my breasts," Parker said. "My kids know their daddy is super special. But other kids can be cruel. So out of respect for my children, my son in particular, I don't dress in drag during the day."

Long before Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" became an anthem for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people, Parker had no doubt that he was born a boy who also felt very much like a girl.

He knows that his mere presence upsets some people. Over the years, he said he's faced prejudice from inside and outside of the gay community.

This, in part, has shaped some of his views. He hopes his children aren't gay.

"I will accept them, absolutely, but being gay is too hard," he said.

And he doesn't support gay marriage.

"Gay people don't know what to think of me when I say that," said Parker, who is bisexual. "I just don't think it's right. In my heart and with the scriptures I read in the Bible, I don't believe that an ordained minister should marry a gay couple. I do believe completely in civil unions.

"I don't think it's right when a (gay) couple has lived a life together and family members step in at the last minute to take (possessions) or make decisions. But gay marriage? No. The only reason gay people want to get married is because they can't. Let them, and the divorce rate would be higher than (that of) heteros."

I told him it sounded like he wasn't completely comfortable with his own sexuality.

"Well, the Bible says that if I lay down with a man, I'm a sinner — so I have been a sinner," he said. "We all are sinners, and one sin is no greater than the other. No, I love who I am and I know who I am. I just don't think marriage between gays is right."

Parker grew up on the South Side in the now-razed Ida B. Wells housing project. He attended the same elementary school as I did — we only reconnected recently — and I recall vividly that most of us children knew he was different long before we knew words like "effeminate," "gay" and "transgender."

Parker rarely played sports, but he jumped double Dutch rope better than most of the girls. He was petite and cute and walked like a girl, which in our neighborhood also meant he had to fight and that, too, was like a girl. And yet he was outgoing and self-assured with a tough exterior.

What most of his classmates didn't know was that in the projects, he was viciously teased by young toughs and called a "sissy." He said his home life was troubled, and he was often left home alone to care for his brother, who was 12 years younger.

He said he loved television awards shows such as the Oscars and the American Music Awards because even though he couldn't sing or dance, he always knew he wanted to be a performer.

"I remember the first time Diana Ross was hosting the American Music Awards and every time they went to a commercial and came back, she'd have on a new outfit," he said. "My mother had big wigs and beautiful high-heeled shoes and dresses. I would dress up and put on makeup when she left. When I was about 14 and my brother was 2, I put on my first show, pantomiming a song for him. He was my audience."

Parker got his first set of breast implants when he was 23 and still thinking he might want to live his life as a woman, he said. He went to Tijuana, Mexico, and paid $1,600. He began taking female hormones to further feminize his body.

"I wanted a beautiful body," he said. "My star was rising quickly, and the Flame Monroe name was resonating around the circuit. I wanted to be able to fit into the bustiers and hit the stage and not have to worry about padding."

Parker often includes his life story in his comedy act, he said. In one, which would make most people blush, he talks about how sex with a married couple convinced him to keep his male parts.

He jokes about his coming of age in the housing project, and speaks lovingly about his brother's acceptance. He also talks about having had four breast surgeries and having lost one breast for eight weeks after an infection.

Although he includes stories about his children in his act, his most poignant reflections about them come off stage. He said they saved his life when his girlfriend — the mother of two of the children and the love of his life — left them.

"I thought being an entertainer was my greatest job until I had my children," said Parker, who is their biological father. "My kids saved me from certain death and destruction. When their mother left, I was so depressed. But I had to change a Pamper or fix a bottle or get up because my baby was crying. I had no other choice."

When he doubted whether he could be a single parent, he said he thought about the children he encountered when he was young who were homeless, or whose parents had abandoned them.

"I just didn't want anybody else raising my kids," he said. "According to society, some people think I've compromised my manhood. But the true measure of a man is not how he looks.

"This is me. I cut their umbilical cords, and I signed their birth certificates. They don't know any other father."

dtrice@tribune.com



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