OutFront: August 2007
The Out Scramblin’ Golf Association. And the Eartha Quake-Tony Wadford-Queen Kong Perpetual Closet for Desperate Drag Queens.
Exercise, fresh air, working on the tan — what more can one ask from a round of golf? Pictured here in Dinah Shore mode are Tracy Price, left, and Melanie Killian, her partner on the links and in life. Earlier this summer the couple did indeed ask more from one of their favorite recreational activities: an organized golf group for like-minded members of the local GLBT community. Soon, with the help of Team Houston president Keith Wright, the Out Scramblin’ Golf Association was born. “We’re looking for people to help us get this off the ground,” Killian says. The group hosts its first social get-together on August 28, 7 p.m., at the West Gray Café Express to plan future golf dates and events. Details: 832/245-2647, http://sports.groups.yahoo.com/group/OSGA/.
Photographed by Mark Hiebert
A CLOSET WE ALL CAN LIVE WITH
Clothes make the man and the mannequin, as it turns out. The late Tony Wadford knew this adage well, having performed in drag for community fundraisers as Queen Kong and Eartha Quake before walking that great runway to the sky in 2006. As a living memorial, the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum of GLBT History (GCAM), which received treasures from Wadford’s estate, is offering some of his frocks as part of a new drag lend/lease program, dubbed the Eartha Quake-Tony Wadford-Queen Kong Perpetual Closet for Desperate Drag Queens. Through the Closet, local performers may borrow clothing, wigs, jewelry, shoes, and purses at little or no cost for charitable, single use purposes, GCAM curator Judy Reeves explains. “Currently the Closet contains approximately 26 outfits, 184 pieces of jewelry, 16 wigs, 18 pairs of shoes, and 18 purses,” Reeves says. To supplement the collection of Wadford gowns (one is modeled here by the fetching Tim Bratcher), the museum is soliciting additional frocks from local performers. Details: www.gcam.org . GCAM will open the Closet’s doors at a September 22, 6-8 p.m., fundraiser at Mary’s…Naturally. The Colt 45’s, Imperial Court of Houston, and the Houston Big Men’s Club are also participating in the event. On that evening, a portrait of Tony/Eartha by Amelia Reiff Hill will be auctioned to benefit the Closet, which is fitting. Even the grave can’t keep Eartha from collecting those dollar bills.
Photographed by John Conroy