Thanks to Jane Hutcheon and ABC (Australian Broadcast Company) for the OnePlusOne interview, and to the Carmen Rupe Memorial Trust and Sydney Mardi Gras for bringing me out to Australia to participate!
Saturday night March 7th I’ll be doing a number cabaret-style with live piano at PJ Gallagher’s in Sydney, sharing the stage and a possible duet with the gorgeous Lance Horne in the same venue that Rufus Wainwright is performing at (I wonder if he will be there?! WINK WINK)
I’ll be riding a super-cool trike motorcycle in the parade on Sunday, too, so COME OUT AND SEE ME SOMETIME!
Tomorrow I will be interviewed by Vanity Fair Magazine for a Discovery Channel documentary program, along with Barry Winchell’s parents, as a followup to their now almost 15 year old article on the murder. That night I will be filmed for inclusion in a Library of Congress project on my own military service, as part of a project featuring several veterans.
I refused to participate in the new story about Barry several times, but was finally persuaded after learning of his parent’s participation. I think some people assume that my entire life is about the events behind the movie “Soldier’s Girl” and that I talk about it all the time… I actually don’t. People bring it up to *me* all the time, which I understand because they feel a great deal of empathy and emotion after seeing the story. Some people also assume that I have made tons of money from the film or the story. I have my letters in writing refusing payment for the film, though eventually I was persuaded to accept some compensation which allowed me to transition more fully into the woman he saw me as. I have been a reluctant participant in the story at every step, but when I do participate it is because I have a chance to either honor Barry’s memory or help move things forward for the community. The day I was brought to the network to talk about the interview, I had to go straight home to bed and sleep until the next day. I hope it will be worth it to rehash everything again.
On the other hand, I am looking forward to the Library of Congress project. It feels good to talk about my brief four years serving in the pre- and post-DADT military during the first Gulf War. Adventure and youth and self discovery and dealing with draconian oppression all make for interesting storytelling. This is going to be a rollercoaster of a weekend. Thank goodness I have my boyfriend, my friends, and a job singing and making people laugh to occupy my mind this weekend.
This isn’t a beg for sympathy. I just wanted to share this as a little preparation because I may actually be talking about these things a little bit in the coming weeks, which I do not do very often.
I had the great pleasure of performing at the first night of Our Lady J’s residency at Witzend in Venice, CA with her “queer cabaret” of LGBT, queer and queer friendly artists. I talked too much, but I had a great time and I am so thankful for each opportunity to improve my live acoustic performance skills and keep growing as an artist!
I added YouTube annotations throughout this video, so that you can skip right to the songs.
I had the honor of being Gay Pimp Jonny McGovern’s first guest ever on his gorgeous new talk show “Hey Qween!”, followed by such luminaries as RuPaul, Willam, Jackie Beat, Miles Davis Moody, Jake Shears and more upcoming legendary names. As Jonny makes clear in the intro, the show may be called “Hey Qween!” but the guests will span the full range of queer experience, male and female, gay and otherwise, trans and non-trans. His co-host is my GODDESS cohort Lady Red Couture!