Archive | July, 2011

The Spy/Whistleblower Who Shagged Him!

14 Jul

This week, Highkixx starts with a note on Tyler Watkins, the drag queen boyfriend of Bradley Manning.  As you may recall, Manning is the U.S. Army soldier who was arrested in May 2010 on suspicion of passing tons of restricted material to the website WikiLeaks disguised on Lady Gaga burned discs.  For more on what is now known as the WikiLeaks case, watch the FrontLine PBS Special, and check out some additional background from The Australian, as well as full coverage from the New York Times.

What’s so interesting about this lil saga, and why Highkixx is intrigued, is that Tyler Watkins is mentioned in EVERY story about Manning, (as you’ll note from the links above), as “his boyfriend, a self-described drag queen.”  Based on the stories, this sentence is usually used to debase Manning as a soldier drawn to debauchery, (something that seems to help people understand why a solider would commit treason against the U.S. by leaking classified documents).  Many have disapproved of the treatment of Bradley Manning, and Julian Assange, the public face of WikiLeaks, responded with disgust to the media coverage of Manning.

Now, whether Manning is a spy or a whistleblower isn’t for Highkixx to decide. However, whether he was shagging a drag queen VERY MUCH IS!

Sadly, I couldn’t find any pictures of Tyler Watkins as a drag queen.  I suspect this is because he isn’t as serious a drag queen as the media reports.  Regardless, in honor of the Spy/Whistleblower Who Shagged Him, I’ve gathered some general footage about tranny double agents for your viewing pleasure.

First, please enjoy the lady-boy-Thai-spy classic, “The Adventure of Iron Pussy,” which tells the story of Shaowanasai, the main protagonist who is a “transvestite Thai secret agent whose alter ego is a gay male 7-Eleven clerk.”  Just fab…

Next, please enjoy this trailer for “Starrbooty”, in which Secret agent Starrbooty (RuPaul) goes undercover as a hooker when her long-standing archrival Annaka Manners (Candis Cayne) kidnaps her niece…

Finally, here’s a little something weird, literally, a compilation of film trailers released by “Something Wierd Video”.  Not a drag fest, but certainly a fab freak fest!   Films include “Curious Dr. Hummp”, “Smell of Honey”, “She Mob”, “Striporama”, “Monster at Camp Sunshine”, “Scum of the Earth”, “Bad Girls go to Hell”, “She Freak”, “Something Wierd”, “Double Agent 73”, “Blood Feast” and “Wizard of Gore”.  Best quote?  “I may be a bitch, but I’ll never be a butch.”  Enjoy!

xx Mandy


Fire Island Spotlight: Give Me Liberty, or Give me Queens!!

3 Jul

Happy 4th of July from Highkixx! This weekend, we celebrate the 235th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. As you know, our founding fathers did so to formally submit our separation from the tyrannical oppression of the British Crown for, among many other interesting reasons, Taxation Without Representation — GASP! It seems only fitting that Highkixx would choose to celebrate with a spotlight on another royal gathering — that is, the annual FIRE ISLAND INVASION, a drag celebration if ever there was one!

As Ben Franklin once said, “Where liberty dwells, there is my country.”  Who doesn’t love old Ben? And, there are few better examples of these words in action than, yes, a boat-load of Queens!

According to World of Wonder, (an always dependable source for fab news), every July 4th locals in the two gay resort towns on Fire Island, NY celebrate the annual “Invasion of the Pines.” According to drag legend, a queen from Cherry Grove was denied service at a restaurant in the more upscale and slightly more conservative neighboring town of The Pines in 1976.

In a cheeky response, a group of Queens in full drag then chartered a small water taxi boat to carry them to The Pines where they ate and drank merrily with the locals. Hence, a tradition was born. Find more history here.

Also, check out the video below, sort of a “Fire Island 101: Somewhere between the Pines and the Grove” for the uninducted. Enjoy!

Tomorrow, for the 35th time, Empress XII Panzi will lead the Invasion of The Pines from Cherry Grove. Entertainment starts in the harbor at noon with “the Invasion” arriving at 2pm. The parade through The Pines harbor is followed by dancing at the Sip n’ Twirl in the Pines and the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove. Here is a link to more logistics.

I think we all know where Mandy and her merry band of drag miscreants will be for July 4, 2012. Join us! In the meantime, follow the event on facebook.

Finally, as John F. Kennedy once said, “We dare not forget that we are the heirs of that first revolution.”  While he may not have been referring to that grand day in 1976 when a bunch of Queens decided not to let some old fuddy-duddies stop them from partying in The Pines, I think he would have appreciated the sentiment! (Something tells me he would have also enjoyed the annual beauty contest to crown the next Miss Fire Island…)

Keep America great, Queens! And, Happy 4th of July!

xx Mandy

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