Magazine article Out

Josh Kilmer-Purcell

Magazine article Out

Josh Kilmer-Purcell

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Hot on the high heels of America's faggot-calling frenzy, I recently received a press release from Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation 86-ing the word (ninny. And she-male. It seems that GLAAD is worried about how we in the media will describe the second-to-youngest Arquette sibling, who's starring in a documentary about her transition from male to female.

I'm all for clarification, but I'd wager that Alexis Arquette would be happy with any press mention that even just approximated her name. This is a person who began her gender journey in nightclubs under the name Eva Destruction. While I haven't seen the film, I've met her a few times over the years, and she's been as demure as a raging hard-on in panty hose - sometimes literally.

So why will GLAAD slap my limp wrist for calling Alexis a "cock in a frock"? Because, once again, the most colorfully feathered among us are expected to take a backseat to the politest common denominator. GLAAD now defines transgender as "an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth." As one who prefers to sing in the rain rather than cower under umbrella terms, I'm gonna stand up for all the gender fuckers I count among my friends.

During my years as a drag queen I was fortunate enough to meet many "transgender persons" of all shapes, sizes, and inches. I've met those proud to show off their black-market hormonal breast-lettes, and those whose tranny-chaser boyfriends (sorry, "transgender pursuers") paid for sex-reassignment surgery as a Christmas present. And while many of these transgender persons loved their manginas and loathed their twig and berries, many of the other skin steaks I've called my friends are proud to make their manclit their calling card. Some of them even like to, gasp, get their dick sucked. …

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