Archive | September, 2011

Highkixx 9/11 NYC Tribute

12 Sep

During this 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, many have reported on the now iconic picture of the first documented victim at the World Trade Center on 9/11, Father Mychal Judge …

On the September 15, 2001, Fr. Michael Duffy, OFM delivered the homily for the Funeral Mass for Fr. Mychal Judge…

“Mychal Judge’s body was the first one released from Ground Zero. His death certificate has the number one on the top … Why was Mychal Judge number one? … Mychal’s goal and purpose in life at that time was to bring the firemen to the point of death, so they would be ready to meet their maker. There are between two and three hundred firemen buried there [ground zero] … Mychal Judge could not have ministered to them all. It was physically impossible in this life but not in the next … He passed through the other side of life, and now he can continue doing what he wanted to do with all his heart. And the next few weeks, we’re going to have names added, name after name of people, who are being brought out of that rubble. And Mychal Judge is going to be on the other side of death … to greet them instead of sending them there. And he’s going to greet them with that big Irish smile …”

More on Father Judge from NYMagazine, “Back in the early eighties, Judge was one of the first members of the clergy to minister to young gay men with aids, doing their funeral Masses and consoling their partners and family members. He opened the doors of St. Francis of Assisi Church when Dignity, a gay Catholic organization, needed a home for its aids ministry, and he later ran an aids program at St. Francis.”

10 years on from Sept 11– it is comforting to some of us to think that Father Mychal Judge, who had been there for so many in his life, could offer some guidance to so many more on Sept 11, 2001.

Here’s to the survivors, the firefighters and first responders, and to all those we lost that day.

From Broadway, New York, New York!

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So You Think You Can DRAG

10 Sep

Lots of potential queens, and other tweens, are writing Highkixx lately with questions about drag. The questions related to that first decision to embark on this fab life run across a broad spectrum for everyone. I’m including some useful information below to get you started. Enjoy!

First of all – get a little history of drag and take note of all the different kinds of drag superstars out there!

Second, if you’re going to do it, do your homework and do it right! I’ve gathered some useful resources for you below.  Please, feel free to leave comments of other tried and true resources.

As far as how to pull off the transformation, you absolutely have to check out Misty Maven (aka Josh) from petrilude.com – that link doesn’t work right now – but Josh’s videos are all over YouTube. Find some fabulous quick tip videos: on adhering GLITTER!, doing a QUICK UPDO…And there’s a great Full Makeup Tutorial of Maven As Peacock Cock Cock. Finally, here’s a great resource, Josh to Misty From Start to Finish! LOTS of helpful videos at the end. These include … How to “Tuck” for Drag!

Josh’s resources are so outlandishly useful. Check out his blog here, and various other websites for him here, and here. Also, catch him on Twitter, and Facebook.

As far as other resources, here’s a rather unrefined video I found that has some useful tid-bits…Finally, here’s a great op-ed on “new drag”  that offers a fascinating perspective on this ever-evolving scene. And, please, do not miss Drag Race Season 4! Check out the NewNowNextBlog for all the updates.

Take it from RuPaul via popeater.com, if you wanna be a queen — “YOU BETTER WERK!”

xo Mandy

The DRAG Rainbow: Nobody Puts Trannie in the Corner!

2 Sep

According to Wikipedia: A drag queen is usually a man who dresses, and acts, like a caricature of a woman often for the purpose of entertaining. Some performers draw the distinction that a female impersonator seeks to emulate a specific female celebrity, while a drag queen only seeks to create a distinctive feminine persona of his/her own. Although many drag queens are gay men, there are drag artists of all genders and sexualities who do drag for various reasons. For instance, other drag performers include drag kings, who are women who perform in male roles, faux queens, who are women who dress to emulate drag queens, and faux kings who are men who dress to impersonate drag kings.

This Highkixx post exists to press the boundaries of inclusivity beyond just queens to drag/faux queen/kings. Let’s expand our idea of fab drag to allow for some room around the traditional idea of a gay guy rocking the tuck and wig! Let’s honor the amazing work being done ACROSS the drag spectrum.

Here’s a fab group of performers all worthy of the Highkixx Drag Spotlight!

Dig Mona G. Hawd, a Faux Queen, or Drag Kween as she has referred to herself, with a new show…”Persepolis, Texas”

Here’s Mona in a fab performance with Drag Queen, VivvyAnne Forevermore…

BETTER THAN BIEBER, here’s Drag King, Windz with “Stronger”:

The always AMAZING Hoku Mama Swamp. In the words of Faux Queen, Hoku Mama Swamp, “I was born to love faggots, queens, and trannies, and have slowly been morphing into them since childhood.”

And, finally, here’s a fascinating transformation for one Drag King into hottie McHot hottie, Jared Leto…

In the words of RuPaul, the reigning queen of drag: “Everybody say, LOVE!”

xo Mandy 

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