Friday, December 28, 2007
08:00 - 24 December 2007
A glamorous drag queen with a tiara to rival Jordan's has tied the knot in Lincoln's first cross-dressing 'wedding'.
Stunning Simon Hollingsworth wore the most expensive dress ever sold in one Lincoln shop when he wed David Tuxworth.
The popular 25-year-old drag artist also brightened up the aisle by wearing a five-and-half-inch tiara at Saturday's ceremony.
By Jacob Anderson-Minshall
From a transgender perspective, 2007 was a year with a lot of peaks and valleys. The entertainment field, in particular, witnessed many accomplishments but the community as a whole was tested with some significant blows.
A number of trans folk received recognition for their notable achievements including Just Add Hormones author Matt Kailey, who became the first trans managing editor of a LGBT publication (Colorado’s Out Front). Performer Scott Turner Schofield received a special award from the Princess Grace Foundation. Trans actor and screenwriter M.C. Brennan won an Outfest Screenwriting Lab award for her transgender teen comedy script, Dramatis Personae. Filmmaker scholar Joelle Ruby Ryan became the first MTF-spectrum trans person to receive a prestigious Point Foundation Scholarship. Transgender consultant Debra Davis clocked her 1,000th presentation while your friendly TransNation columnist passed the 100th column mark. After 20-years as a sports writer for the Los Angeles Times, Mike Penner came out and transitioned in the predominately male field to become Christine Daniels. . . .
December 27, 2007
Over the past 15 years, Sarah Williams has been a foster mother to over 100 children, whether it was for a few days or a few years.
Bringing home her most recent foster child has given Williams the passion to work toward starting a group home for gay, lesbian and transgendered youths, as her newest foster child, Kiyana Wills, is transgendered.
‘‘She has so much love and care that I’ve never seen from anybody before,” said Wills, 18, who moved in with Williams in June when she was 17. ‘‘And it’s overwhelming sometimes.”
Wills continues to live with Williams, whom she calls Mom, in Bladensburg, even though she is technically no longer in the foster care system. Williams, 60, who gave birth to four children, also opened her home to one of Wills’ friends, a young gay man, who is not in the foster care system.
‘‘A lot of these kids have been put out because their families don’t accept them. Their families are putting them out and they have nowhere to live so they’re sleeping in the streets,” Williams said. ‘‘I see so many kids in the schools that are transsexual, gay or experimenting with their sexuality. There’s a need for a group home for these kids.”. . .
It would be easy to dismiss Lisa/Lee Iacuzzi as a troublemaker. Iacuzzi—who uses the names Lisa and Lee interchangeably, identifies as bi-gendered and prefers the pronoun s/he—has been arrested four times for petty crimes like jaywalking and calling 911 when a police officer videotaped her/him. One summer, while driving a Volvo on which s/he’d written “Legalize marijuana,” s/he reportedly was pulled over two dozen times by Portland, Oregon police.
Iacuzzi is the blogger behind NotAGoodQueer.Blogspot.com—not to be confused with notagoodqueer-oae.blogspot.com, which seems dedicated to undermine Iacuzzi and “her fantasy that, contrary to physiological evidence, she is a ) a male; or b ) a transgendered female.”
Once a schoolteacher, Iacuzzi allegedly lost her/his job to gender discrimination four years ago. Afterward, s/he publicly accused the school of mishandling asbestos removal, and s/he’s still hoping to organize a class action suit against the school. . . .
A new specialty shop offers large shoes for large feet.
By PAUL SWIDER, Times Staff Writer
December 26, 2007
Jodi Grace is not a big woman, only 5 feet 2 with a proportionate size 7 shoe. But like the market she is addressing, she knows people with big feet.
"When a woman has big feet, all her friends and family know it," said Grace, who in October opened Big Foot, a store that caters to women needing large shoes.
"I've had a lot of people come in and say, 'My father saw this store and told me about it.' How many fathers know their daughter's shoe size? Fathers of big-footed women do."
Grace's best friend is a size 12 so she has heard the stories for years about how impossible it is to find stylish shoes for big female feet. . . .
Cliff Smallwood of White Oak took a business trip to McCullogh County shortly after Thanksgiving. It is a convenient place for Smallwood to work. He has a 550-acre deer lease just outside of Brady and keeps a travel trailer at a nearby RV park.
Small took off work early on the afternoon of Nov. 30 so he could do a little deer hunting. He and Jeff Cox, a Texas Parks and Wildlife game warden, were approaching Cox's box blind when they heard a grunting noise coming from some brush beneath the ridge.
Initially, the men thought the noise might be a feral hog. They scanned the brush and eventually spotted a buck moving through the mesquites, about 30 yards away. The deer appeared to have a respectable rack with tall tines.
"I actually thought it was the same buck I'd passed on opening morning of the season," said Smallwood. "I killed a real nice buck out there last year and I didn't want to shoot another one unless it was better than that one, especially during the first hour of opening day. So I let it walk." . . .