Thursday, May 24, 2012

Harisu, the Hot Issue!

Harisu transitioned very young and went on to become an international  sensation as a singer. model and actress.
She has inspired an entire generation across gender lines.  
She is noted for being South Korea's first transgender entertainer, and in 2002 became only the second person in Korea to legally change their gender
Her stage name is an adaptation of the English phrase "hot issue".
Harisu first gained public attention in 2001, after appearing in a television commercial for DoDo cosmetics. The commercial was a big success and ended up launching her career, allowing her to branch out into other fields such as music and acting.

What a Difference a Decade can Make

Cheetah Club
When I first came truly “out” in 2000, many transsexual women were still living in stealth; hordes of cross-dressers were still in the closet, and those that were out had mostly confined there occasional Girl’s Night Out(s) to cross-dressing parties.  
The drag-queens had already gone through a metamorphosis of their own a decade before, but that merely consisted of a shift in who they impersonated, the height of their wigs and the glitz of their outfits. For all the cross-dressing and transsexual communities bitching about the “queens,” they are perhaps the least complicated, and least affected during the past 10-15 years.  But the questioning individuals were suddenly being overwhelmed trying to sort out the entire new vernacular being bantered about.

Forced Sterilization for Transgender people

Little known fact about Sweden, that supposed bastion of liberal idealism: If a Swedish transgender person wants to legally update their gender on official ID papers, a 1972 law requires them to get both divorced and sterilized first.

Jimmy James at House of blues

He is singing live these days as himself (see below), but watch the video below that to see why he was regarded to be the ultimate Marilyn Monroe impersonator.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Can You Move Like These boys in Heels?

In the new Madonna video Girls Gone Wild, which is hot, those boys in heels are outstanding! in their moves. How many T-girls would like to be able to move like that?  I can dance good, better than many, but those boys have it going on.

And while we're on the topic of Madonna -- hey, it's my blog -- I'm still loving Masterpiece; it's a hypnotic melody I can't get out of my head.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Pageant Night for Jenna

Opening night of the Miss Universe Canada featuring the most talked about contestant in memory -- Jenna Talackova.  Here are early shots of her swimsuit and evening gown presentations.

Go Jenna!

The First Italian/ American Crossdressing Musical Comedy! ??

After a long hard-fought push for equal rights and dignity, are we again ready for transgender as farce?  Writer, producer, director Frank LaLoggia of Lady in White (one of the most acclaimed and beloved independently produced American films) is presenting a 10-minute preview of MIRO/MIRANDA! his new musical comedy and perhaps  the most grandly produced  (and expensive) promo for a film yet to be made, according to Indie WIre.

“It's a whirlwind 10 minutes of samba, comedy and grand emotion all meant to convey the visual and emotional essence of what I intend to bring to the feature, the story of an Italian man who lives with his Italian mama but dreams of becoming a woman inspired by his idol Carmen Miranda...and does!”


Publicity stunt or civil rights triumph?

In a recent interview, Jenna Tackalova, the 6'1" Canadian beauty that forced Donald Trump and the Miss Universe Pageant to change the pageant rules to allow her to compete, stated that "Like I always say, my family didn't understand, so why would I expect anybody else to understand and then they got to know me and they loved me."

In an article on CNN it said that "in an interview with CNN several hours before showtime, the 6-foot-1 blonde Canadian seemed a bit weary, because the spotlight is still squarely on her gender transformation."

Will either a win or loss in the Miss Universe pageant tonight by Jenna Talackova affect people's perceptions in the mainstream about seeing transsexuals without the labels, or will she forever be the "transsexual pageant contestant"?