Tuesday, August 23, 2016

All-Male Theatrical Productions

I've been reading about all-male theatrical productions, which often feature the work of William Shakespeare. That's unsurprising as it basically reflects an attempt to produce the Bard's work in a way consistent with its original form.

The Washington, DC, Shakespeare Theatre Company is a prominent center for all-male productions. Here are a few pictures from their recent staging of "Taming of the Shrew."

Maulik Pancholy as Katherina

Oliver Thornton as Bianca

Rick Hammerly as the Widow:

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Making Herstory

The Democratic Party is meeting in Philadelphia this week to nominate Hillary Clinton as its presidential candidate. This will be an hiserstoric moment.

If Hillary wins, the "first lady" will be a man.

In anticipation of this possibility, LGBT activist Santiago Durazzo has been dressing and campaigning as "First Lady Bill" for months. His picture (in costume) has been featured in the Washington Post and other news outlets.

Comparing the current caricature pics to the website photos, it appears Durazzo may have trimmed some of his leg hair for the DNC.  Good to know he dresses for special occasions.

Sunday, July 17, 2016

Baseball season

We've all seen videos of Japanese game shows featuring cross-dressing. And Jaye Kaye has often features Japanese cosplayers on her highly recommended tumblr "a gender game for gifted guys."

Have you ever seen anything quite like this story about Japanese baseball players who dressed as gurls to "amuse fans!" This video is embedded in the story.

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


For years, Richard Schaefer's tumblr Ariel's Grotto has been in the right-hand bloglist. You can see his cosplay evolution in the above images.

This past month, Ariel has been the subject of much publicity -- pieces in Cosmo online, The Daily Mail, The Huffington Post, The National Enquirer, etc. That's the kind of attention that helps yield 158,000 followers on Instagram!

I wonder if Richard would cosplay Hannah Montana, Lizzie McGuire, or  Jessica Rabbit? Here's a Taylor Swift look:

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Mostly, as the stories report, Richard goes in for Disney princesses. Here are some faves:

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Pin-up Gurl: DeLa

““Everyone’s favorite campy burlesque queen ”
JFC can we talk about the fact how awesome DeLa looks as a redhead?? I’m dying. I can’t. like how do you perfect.

Rupaul veteran Ben De La Creme makes a fabulous pin up gurl. I couldn't decide which of these pics to put first as DeLa looks gorgeous in all of them.

BenDeLaCreme's Cosmos

Tuesday, June 14, 2016


RIP Alanis Laurell (Ross), one of the 49 victims at Pulse.

Her artistry is apparent on any number of videos on youtube.

Alanis was simply lovely.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Yasumasa Morimura

Are you familiar with the photographer Yasumasa Morimura? He does self-portraits in the guise of famous people and iconic photos.

Hare are some fantastic examples -- Audrey Hepburn, Brigette Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor and Marlene Dietrich. A Google image search will yield many more treasures, including some male icons.

Self-Portrait after Brigitte Bardot 1