I was tweeting about RuPauls’s Drag Race last night because I had just started season 2 of the series. I was surprised when I received a reply from a stranger with huge orange hair and really colourful make-up. Actually, my heart probably skipped a beat from the shock. A drag queen had messaged me. Woah.
Don’t get me wrong. I love drag queens. I actually have a good friend that’s a drag queen. I was just caught off guard when she tweeted me because there aren’t very many drag queens in The Philippines. A lot of she-males, yes. Drag queens, no. You can also throw in a few boys in dresses that lipsynch to women’s songs, but I don’t consider them drag queens ’cause I’d probably do a better job if someone would just do my make-up and find me a dress size 10 (okay maybe a 12 LOL) outfit with size 11 heels.
Getting back to the queen. Her name is Pollo Del Mar, a drag queen out of San Fo. She is a GLOSS magazine journalist and SF Bay Times Columnist. She’s friends with people that I loved on RuPaul’s Drag Race like Juju, Pandora Boxx and Ongina. We exchanged a few words and I think she’s hilarious. I could be biased though because she’s a Glamazon (She’s 6′ tall without the heels) which is something I can relate to in a country where the average height of the men is around 5’4″.
You can follow Pollo Del Mar via twitter:
I added a Social Vibe widget to the blog. The non-profit organisation it supports is The Trevor Project.
The Trevor Project is the leading organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth.
The Trevor Project was founded by writer James Lecesne, director/producer Peggy Rajski and producer Randy Stone, creators of the 1994 Academy Award®-winning short film, Trevor, a comedy/drama about a gay 13-year-old boy who, when rejected by friends because of his sexuality, makes an attempt to take his life.
When Trevor was scheduled to air on HBO® in 1998, the filmmakers realized that some of the program’s young viewers might be facing the same kind of crisis as Trevor, and began to search for an appropriate support line to broadcast during the airing. They discovered that no such lifeline existed, and decided to dedicate themselves to forming what was, in their view, a much-needed resource: an organization to promote acceptance of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth, and to aid in crisis and suicide prevention among that group. Thus, The Trevor Project was born, and with seed funding provided by The Colin Higgins Foundation, The Trevor Lifeline was established and became the first and only nationwide, around-the-clock crisis and suicide prevention lifeline for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning youth.
Today, in addition to operating the crisis and suicide prevention lifeline, The Trevor Project provides online support to young people through the organization’s Web site, as well as lifesaving guidance and vital resources for educators and parents.