Fraser's Point of View
is possibly the closest gay friend that I have ever had,
(who is not a female impersonator or drag queen). I always
perceived Fraser as different to the rest of the team
- he was the boy we were... the 'girls'. I think that's
how he thought of the others and me too. When we were
on tour and went out to socialise, in our off duty time,
us 'girls' rarely ventured out without our slap and a
frock to impress. For me it was an experience to watch
Fraser prepare for a night out - attention to detail (a
button here a flash of Calvin's there) ... but all man.
I asked him to write an article from his perspective for
The Tranny Guide.
am not a drag queen or female impersonator, I still get
labelled drag queen”
Looking back, I never expected
I'd follow a career in performing arts. Like most teenagers,
I often dreamed about being on stage, but never once had
I entertained the prospect of jumping around as an impersonator,
look-alike, illusionist or even (as some have said) an
years ago saw the first appearance of Fraser, backing
my colleagues playing the boy parts in both dance and
comedy routines - 'an extra' as I once remember being
Considering the pay was
both inexcusable and offensive in it's entirety, I suppose
the reason I continued performing in the early days was
quite simply for the fun of it (ok, ok - and maybe the
adrenaline / endorphin rush!)
was something I had looked upon as being very ephemeral
and where longevity only came with great talent. The thing
is that I have never considered myself to be 'that' talented.
on stage.Even after being in the business for over a decade
I still see myself as an 'average all-round entertainer'
who tries not to take himself too seriously.
When the shows really started
to take off, I must admit I was in my element. I loved
being able to call a venue and within five minutes having
clinched a £500 deal. It all seemed so easy! The
previous four or five years had been quite a struggle,
promoting, building a name and client base, surviving
the inevitable personality clashes and performing as characters
including Michael Jackson and Edward Scissor Hands. Now
the work was flooding in and the show was growing from
strength to strength. Everyone was having a great time
touring the U.K., Europe and the States but for me things
were changing, especially outside of the world we had
created for ourselves.
noticed that many of the friends that I used to 'hang-out'
with were no longer around and that my circle of friends
now mainly consisted of other performers, 80% of which
were drag queens or female impersonators. It has fascinated
me living and working with so many different stereotypical
roles.- and believe me, my friends, past and present,
have included each and EVERY stereotype. I have learnt
that someone who says they aren't homophobic can turn
out to be the most homophobic of the lot - whereas the
person who seems to be extremely homophobic can be quite
the reverse when none the wiser to a persons sexuality?
When it comes to cross-dressing, people's beliefs (including
gay people) are so mixed up that they don't know whether
they are coming or going!
During this time I noticed
friends gay and straight distancing themselves from me.
I can now put this down to them having a problem with
drag! Although I am not a drag queen or female impersonator,
I still get labelled 'drag queen’,This annoys me
intensely but I realise that it just boils down to that
person's stupidity and blindness! It's upsetting to see
that within the gay community, the 'gay homophobe' has
increased tenfold over the past five years owing to the
fitness boom and body-beautiful era. Could it be that
it is no longer acceptable to dress up and jump around
on stage, in a gay cabaret venue, in the opposite sex's
clothes? There are are more 'out' trannies than ever before
but drag seems to be heading towards oblivion.
have even overheard people say that drag has had it's
It is definitely in a decline
on the gay scene. Take Gay Pride for instance: where was
the Cabaret Tent and how many Drag performers were included
on the Main Stage? Looking at the London cabaret listings,
Drag is becoming more and more scarce. I believe that
people just aren't as interested in drag as they were
just a few years ago, when Drag was hitting the headlines
everywhere and films such as Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
and Two Wong Foo, were box office smashes.
people seem to be finally accepting cross-dressing as
an every day part of life and as trannies become more
accepted it looks as though Drag is becoming more and
Fortunately, this might
be quite a good thing for the Tranny community because
the novelty of seeing a man dressed as a woman and the
association with drag will have diminished allowing trannies
to get on with their lives, more accepted than ever before!