So, I've been waiting for everyone to somewhat calm down after the November Presidential elections. Since then I have been looking at my Facebook feed and reading some pretty negative things about Trump. Most are valid and scary to say the least. But what about Vice-President elect Mike Pence; hell you thought Trump was bad we should consider what might happen if Trump is impeach or resigns. Then we are stuck with Mike Pence as President and that could be a disaster waiting to happen. While I don't believe for a minute that Trump is going to do anything to protect LGBTQI rights; I mean just look at his VP and cabinet. However, I say this reluctantly the thought of Pence as President is just downright scary, and I believe he would do everything he could to "roll-back" LGBTQI rights (along with women's rights); appoint Federal judges and officials that would be more in line with his ideas and beliefs.
Pence is arguably going to be the most anti-LGBTQI Vice President in history; can you imagine what he could do as President of the United States? Don't get me wrong I am not a supporter of Trump, but if I had to choose it wouldn't be to remove Trump so quickly. I have highlighted six of Pence's greatest anti-LGBTQI hits.
So, before we spend energy and money of trying to remove Trump from office, let's take a closer look at Mike Pence. I have always said that if you want to effect change then we in the LGBTQI need to come together across the United States and help elect and change the face of Congress; it is there we have the greatest advantages.
Well anyone who really knows me knows that I have a strong dislike of "drag shows", I just don't enjoy them; however, I was asked to attend the Illusions show at The Bourbon Pub & Parade, so I thought ok I'll go and see this performance, what did I have to loose? Appearing this past Friday was special guest Vancie Vega who has made a name for herself performing as Dolly Pardon, Cher, Madonna, Courtney Love, Mommie Dearest (Joan Crawford), and several more. She has been performing for 31 years throughout the United States and continues to perfect her craft. Vancie comes from the "old school" of the business, where one had to know how to dance, sing, and perform, and she freely admits that the younger generation seems to have lost that portion of the art. She believes that some have no substance, and all it really takes is a cheap dress and a lot of make-up, and their doing drag, but admits she does get a lot of respect from the younger generation. I want to state that Ms. Vega does not do "drag" but performance art, an illusion.
What I found most intriguing was her complete honesty and openness about her life, from being homeless, addicted to drugs and even being a prostitute. She has no hesitation about taking about her past, Vancie stated "if my past helps someone then it's worth talking and opening up about". She also has this positive look about life and those around her.
Vancie's ability to transform herself form one character to another was really quite amazing and something to see. I was lucky to see her perform before she moves to West Hollywood to being a new chapter of her life. I have to say that it was a pleasure seeing her perform and meeting her.
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Every year during the holiday season No/Aids Task Force holds its annual event Art Against Aids. This year was just as much fun as last year. It was great seeing friends and meeting new ones. I did notice that the crowd seemed smaller, but regardless it was an amazing event. I have to give credit to Rodney Thoulion and the many volunteers to put this event together, and thank you for inviting me. I was very impressed with Michael Walters as Dame Edna, I really enjoy his show and had some good laughs.
Now I don't want to say anything negative, but anyone who knows me I am aware of my surroundings and have no problem saying what's on my mind. So, here goes. I did notice that whenever I would say hello to someone, or ask to take their picture you would think I was asking for their most prized possession. I mean I've known snobs before, but this event seems to really draw them out of the "woodwork" (don't get me wrong I'm not including everyone). I've never experienced standing next to someone and saying excuse me and they spend the next two minutes looking down their nose at me, as if I've grown two heads, and asking someone if I can take their picture, you would think I was steeling something. I just don't understand it to be honest, I thought this is supposed to an event to support a great organization, but then again I've been wrong before.
Even with that said, I don't want to dismiss the great work that NO/AIDS does throughout the year, and I am very proud of the relationship I have with them. I always look forward to this event and would never forgo the opportunity to support NO/AIDS Task Force.
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