Hey Sugar Take A Walk On The Wild Side

I was probably 9 and I had an uncle that was really into music. He would have been a Hipster by today's standards. I remember hearing about Holly plucking her eyebrows; shaving her legs and then he was she. I understood Holly. As a 9 year old growing up in a single parent home in a mid sized city in Texas I identified. I knew instantly what the song was about. Walk on the wildside has always been on my play list. My play list that I play when cross dressing is called the T list. Amazing that a 9 year old little boy from Bible belt USA can relate but I did and still.do. Not many songs about transgended women were out when I was 9. I mean wild side and Lola were it; and Lola just didn't sound as pretty as Holly, sugar plum fairy, little Joe, and Jackie. Lola may have looked like a woman but she talked like a man. The other night I wonder what happened to the ladies of walk on the wild side. YouTube has a video that shows them all...and of course they are gorgeous. They were all part of Andy Warhols s scene and appeared in some of his movies.

Holly Woodlawn did leave Miami Fla at 15. She said that she was tired of getting beat up everyday by rednecks, so she left. She ran out of money in Georgia; hawked her jewelry, and hitchhiked the rest of the way. In South Carolina, she and one her traveling mates became close with a group of marines. While her friend gang banged most of the marines, she was left alone with one marine. Fearing for her life she came clean to the marine and he protected her all of the way to NYC. She stared in some.of.Warhol's movies. She was arrested in 1972 for impersonating the French ambassadors wife. She was xferred from a women's detention center to a men's. In 1979 she ran out of work. She moved back home, cut her her, and found employment as a bus boy at. Benni q.Hanna. she now works as burlesque dancer.

Candy Darling was born in Forrest Hills Queens. When confronted by her mother about going to gay bars Candy dawned her femme attire. Her mom said that she knew that there would be no stopping her. She was just too damned beautiful. Candy Darling passed in 1974 from lymphoma. On her deathbed, she said that she had no desire left for life, she was bored to death, everyone knew it couldn't last. Her funeral was attended by large crowds of people including Gloria Swanson who saluted her coffin.

Little Joe refers to Little Joe Dallesandero. Little Joe appeared in several Warhol films. He was never transgender, but he was a star of the underground gay subculture. He is bisexual, and manages a hotel in Hollywood California with his current wife. He says that he has been blessed to live a full life.

Sugar Plum Fairy-tale Joe Campbell Campbell was a ravishingly good looking actor. His crotch is the shot for the Rolling Stones album stockier fingers. He had the looks of James Dean. He was gay activist Harvey Milk longtime companion. People thought they were an odd couple due to the fact that Milk had the look of a bored business man, which was out of character for the Sugar Plum Fairy. Campbell passed away 2006 from AIDS related complications.

Jackie Curtis was an actress in early Warhol films, but went on to produce her own works. Artist such David Bowie Jackie as influence on their style. Prophetic words are sung by Lou Reed when he says Jackie was just speeding away thought she was James Dean for a day I guess she had to crash Valium would have helped that bash. Jackie died of a drug overdose.

Something that is evident in the song Walk on the Wildside is the culture. Probably due to the marginalization of gays, bisexual, lesbian, and transgender, they were forced to live a second class existence. No health plan to cover aids related illnesses, or addictions; let alone hormones and srs. And this was New York City, not Lubbock Texas. Intelligent vibrant bright people forced to live the life of a hustler. Now we are executives, physicians, attorneys, and just normal people. I guess we aren't as wild as we were.once thought to be. In my former district in Oklahoma City; attorney Brittany Novotny ran against homophobe Sally Kern. Novotny is transgender male to female. She lost, but its amazing she was able to run. I don't think we walk much on the wildside anymore, but what a fight its been.
brendakaitlin brendakaitlin
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6 Responses Jun 21, 2012

really a great read wish i had started many years ago but after six heart attacks some what afaid to go on

Its sucks when real life intervenes. I wish I had came out 25 years ago.

Yes i deel the same way as you do hind sight is hellish

That's my generation you are talking about there Brenda. Reading these stories brings tears to my eyes and reminds of what a coward I have been. Not only outwardly but inwardly too. <br />
I would look at the gurlz living their dream, and would think how brave they were and not relate them to my own innermost feelings. Ostrich that I was.

Sweetie, we all have our choices. We all have things that we could have done differently. I shouldn't be hiding in the closet now. We have fears that we deal with. Will my wife of 20 years accept me? Have we wasted all of this time. I know that regardless of the path I have taken, this moment is where I am supposed to be. Hindsight is a ruthless *****. When I see time lapse videos on YouTube it doesn't matter if they transition at 20 or 70 they are still precious...they are ******* beautiful. We are at this moment where we are supposed to be. Honey lets don't beat ourselves up over what should of. Lets paint and modify this vessel we have been given and honor Holly, Candie, and Jackie. Lets live in your face no apologies the way they lived. When I come out of the closet by October it is their memory that will give me strength. Live out loud doll, love Brenda Karen

Fabulous post. Thank you so much.This a pretty feeble response, but I am just beginning to come out in the open. It us so very hard. So very hard.

Jillian thanks for commenting. Not feeble at all. We are all.at different stations on a very similair path. Some just move faster than others sweetie. Hugs

Brenda Karen

You got it almost right Jackie died of aids and sorry to say Holly died over a year ago, at one time they were tramps at maxs kansas city big time club in ny, Holly Woodlawns book a Low Life in High Heels is one my of favorites. I got to meet Holly once in Miami, she lived wild life and a very sweet girl

Thanks for the clarification. Definitely sorry to hear about Holly. I have always been captivated by that song. I felt so sad to hear how each one met their demise. I guess I was hoping to find that had somehow weathered the storm. I know we have a ways to go. Once upon a time being a hustler was what we were relagated to. These ladies paid a horrible price to be what they truly were. When you look at everything they lost. Everything we stand to lose in this day and age. ****** me off when somebody calls it a choice. Really? People choose this? I am fascinated by our history. Has anybody seen the documentary the screaming queens?

what an excellent job you did dissecting and sharing with us these grass root start stories of the ones who have helped us all in our journey's today. Thank you very much for this info.<br />
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Indeed, what a strange and wonderful journey it has been. Perhaps one day being TG will be detected at birth and it will be treated as a birth defect and corrected accordingly. to have others not go through the pain we have in our life would be a very sweet thing indeed.