But it wasn't just Angie. Before filming was even completed in 1989, her "main daughter," Venus, a frail transsexual who in the movie dreamed of marriage and a home "in the Peekskills," was found strangled under a bed in a hotel.
Since then, Kim Pendavis, filmed sewing his costumes, has died of a heart attack though he was only in his 20's. Of nine featured players, five are gone or going.
Paris is no longer burning. It has burned. And not only because of the casualties. No one needs to go to a ball to see drag anymore: Dame Edna Everage has television specials, Ru Paul mugs on the covers of magazines, fashion shows feature drag acts on the runway.
No one needs to go to a ball to see voguing either, not since Madonna gobbled it up, appropriating two Xtravaganzas in the process.
Once mainstream America began to copy a subculture that was copying it, the subculture itself was no longer of interest to a wider audience, and whatever new opportunites existed for the principals dried up.
The film's critical and financial success should therefore not be taken for the success of its subjects. "The truth is, though I didn't get rich, I am now a film maker," said Ms. Livingston, 31.
"And that's something I wasn't before. It doesn't mean it's easy to get money. But I am educated and I am white so I have the ability to write those grants and push my little body through whatever door I need to get it through." And drag queens can't. "If they wanted to make a film about themselves, they would not be able," said Ms. Livingston, who grew up in Los Angeles and is a graduate of Yale University. "I wish that weren't so, but that's the way society is structured." In fact, other than Willi Ninja, the movie's star dancer, who has stitched together a career including choreography, fashion and music, the characters Ms. Livingston presented remain, at best, where they were when filmed.
Angie Xtravaganza's memorial made that all too plain. A shrine had been set up in the back of the room: flowers, photographs and, on a pedestal, a pair of Angie's favorite earrings.
Being able to travel a second time this year has been an absolute privelege!! OH YES! 😍
Not many people get to, and I am just so thankful to God for giving me this chance again to come to the Philippines!! There will more posts to come but for now I wanted to highlight some of the views that I have been able to live in and explore!
Today is the 15th of October 2018 and it is my last night here and I know that goodbye is only temporary. 😆❤ I am sure it is only just postponement for a better time later!
Thank you so much for my friends and family here that have been such amazing company, it wouldn't be the incredible experience it was without you guys! 💯❤ As a strong believer, I will make sure to apply what I have learnt here as well and move forward to becoming the person God wants me to be. .
Look who got upgraded on the way back to Blighty from #Malta on the @thomascookuk flight @patreid121 and I.
This was all made possible by Mrs @claudinereid1 and Mr @patreid121 #TheBosses#yes#favour#glory 😊😊😊😊😊
Thank you #Privelege Airlines 👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾
Can't be a member of the patriarchy if I identify as an SJW.
Whilst people passing by this page may see these in a list and presume there is a transphobic parasite lodged deep in my brain, I can assure you I hate everyone equally. It's just that one post tends to inspire the next, and I also find "new" things satisfying to write about. For example, I only discovered the phrase "TEA SIS" last week and thus had to make a post about it. If I had to pick a favourite topic to satirise, it would be wellness pages that misuse quantum physics to justify their obvious schizophrenia. ( #mandellaeffect )
It's 2018 so I spent 30 seconds typing this in the hopes someone will read it and avoid wasting both our time with misdirected anger.
#And i had d #privelege of meeting you..
#Thanks to all of you for making my birthday #memorable...hope u guyz remember me till your last breath...luv u guyzzz😍😍💖
When you look at your gear, and realize that maybe you should add some color so you don't look so dangerous? And then you remember: there's nothing more dangerous to despair than helping individuals illumine their Selves and communities to shared blindspots and collective responsibilities. Let's get mapping! .
Also... #privelege Let's be real. My white skin will likely allow me to surpass most assumptions of danger, and easily escape into a "different, but interesting" category. Let's work for a world where all identities can be so freewheeling. .