How to be
a successful stalker
documentaries you should own
Strut your tranny
stuff in London
How to look like
only just come across the phrase tranny hag, though I've been one
as far back as I can remember. I had my childhood through the 70s
glam rock era and my first drag crush was Steve Priest of the Sweet.
I would stare unblinking at the TV during Top of the Pops, waiting
for him to pop up in his spiked helmet and lipstick screeching "we
just haven't got a clue WHAT to do". I also remember Saturday
night TV with Dame Edna Everage and Hinge & Bracket. My favourite
of all was Dick Emery - camp humour, amazing costumes and the best
catchphrases of all time. Who can forget his dizzy blonde man-chaser?
"Ooh, you are awful, but I like you."
changed when I ran into Pete Burns when I was 16. Yes, I know he's
technically not a drag queen or a tranny, but he was my first real-life
encounter with glamour and androgyny. I was raised in an oppressive
white suburb of Liverpool, and he was my key to another world. I
was crippled with teenage shyness but I slowly made friends with
him and his wife, Lynn, these were the days before he got famous.
One night he invited me to see Sylvester and it was like I had been
first night in a gay club - witnessing this amazing beauty with
the voice of an angel - and my first night on the town with my idol.
The "real" world would never be enough again. From that
evening I have been preoccupied with the pursuit of glamour and
any deviation from traditional gender roles. I love reading about
Native American cultures where male children who displayed feminine
characteristics were valued by the tribe as sacred. They believed
that the Great Spirit had sent the child to act as a bridge between
the sexes, someone who understood both sides of the human condition.
I truly consider it a blessing to be gender queer. We are free from
the shackles of constraint that try to force our mode of behaviour.
I have produced this magazine to pay tribute to my idols and learn
more about the people who inspire me. This issue has been self-financed
and hand produced, and at the moment I don't know if there'll be
another one. I hope you enjoy it, and if you'd like to contribute,
please get in touch.