QUEER HISTORY MONTH, DAY 12: JACKIE OH!
"I am not a boy, not a girl, I am not gay, not straight, I am not a drag queen, not a transsexual - I am just me, Jackie." - Jackie Curtis
The brilliance of Jackie Curtis wasn’t just that he was sexually outrageous, or wickedly clever, or terribly high on speed. (Though yes, he was all those things.) It was that, in an era when every drag queen wanted to be Miss Sacramento 1963, Curtis wasn’t interested in passing or realness. Smeared make-up, ripped dresses, stubble, and louche — louche! — behavior. The late Warhol superstar was a first, and everyone from David Bowie to Courtney Love and Ke$ha ought to be paying him royalties — and probably to Holly Woodlawn while they’ve got out those checkbooks.
Superstar in a Housedress (dir. Craig Highberger, 2004)
(via Fan Pics)