Trans Lives Remembered

by Markeshia Ricks | Nov 21, 2017 9:04 am

Markeshia Ricks PhotoChardonnay Heather Charlene Merlot said she’s tired. Tired of the list of trans men and women that seems to grow longer with each Transgender Day of Remembrance.

“I’m tired of saying them,” she said. “Because I’m afraid and I’m scared that one day one of those names could be mine.”

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Drag Queens Rake In Dough For A Cause

by Lucy Gellman | Jul 17, 2017 8:02 am | Comments (2)

Lucy Gellman PhotoClimbing the 168 York Street stage, Kiki Lucia pulled at a noose hanging low around her neck, looking out at the audience with long-lashed, saucer-sized doe eyes. She jerked backward.  The noose loosened, and she broke free.

I’m aliiiiiiiiiivvvveeee, Sia belted from the second-floor balcony.

Kiki Lucia ripped open her blouse, exposing a heaving chest and two bright, sweat-slicked nipples, along with a message written in black: Trans rights now.

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Bard Vogues In Egypt At Yale Summer Cab

by Lucy Gellman | Jun 6, 2017 4:36 pm

Elizabeth Green PhotosAt the Yale Cabaret’s tiny basement theater on Park Street, something mystical was unfolding. A scarved, glitter-clad and turbaned soothsayer worked their hands around a glowing glass globe, looking into the future. In wide fishnets, shiny booty shorts and a pink tank top, Charmian begged for her fortune.

“Good now, some excellent fortune! Let me be married / to three kings in a forenoon, and widow them all: / let me have a child at fifty, to whom Herod of Jewry / may do homage: find me to marry me with Octavius / Caesar, and companion me with my mistress,” she cackled.

“You shall outlive the lady whom you serve,” said the soothsayer in a singsong, wispy voice.

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