I admit it. I’m wildly smitten by the courage and authenticity I see in the lives of genderbenders like the folk transgressing men’s fashion for this installment of He Said/We Said. It’s not like I “want” them — not that kinda smitten. But this attraction is notable because I spent the first 40+ years of my life hating on butchie types. I knew it was internalized butchphobia but I didn’t care. My mom didn’t approve and I didn’t either.
But check these folk! Oprah needs to come out of semi-retirement to hear what Ariel Speedwagon has to say. God bless Shomi Noise for patiently explaining to someone who didn’t major in women’s studies how in the heck she came to see herself as a drag queen. Check Best Bites radiantly describing what has changed in the four years since they wore skirts regularly and Goldie Peacock who won’t be denied any kind of power because of chromosomal make-up. Then there is Mr. Sexsmith (who was captured below in what I think is the best butch photo of all time) who has been documenting the power of dapperQ for years.)
This is the Internet age so all you get are smidgets of these conversations, orchestrated in very limited spare time by Juanita Erb and blended with the glorious photography of Yi-Ching Lin who also volunteered her time. But this magical footage is adding up. (Forget about Brooklyn Bois who had your old pal dapperQ tearing up when I interviewed them for the upcoming Pride Installment brilliantly shot by Maro Hagopian.) Opportunities to share this magic with the world are being vigorously explored. If you are in love with dapperQ’s, pass this video along. And keep walking tall.