Tuesday, June 29, 2010

A new respect for pageant queens

Pageant is a 2008 documentary about Miss Gay America contestants vying for the coveted title. It's a fasinating and personal look not only at the contestants as individuals, but at the occupation of female impersonation. My favorite contestant was Orlando's Robert Martin (appearing on stage as Chantel Reshae) who is painfully eloquent about why he wants to be Miss Gay America. Robert's story is highlighted by his friendship with his (ADORABLE) stage partner, Jake, who is straight. What stands out about this film is not men in dresses, but how all of us have goals and ambitions, and want to be viewed as fabulous. Pageant is now showing free on On Demand.