I Advocate...Murray Hill

BY Advocate Contributors

January 11 2011 4:00 AM ET

...Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls. I’ve got a soft spot for the kids, and I’ve had the pleasure working with the camp for many years. Willie Mae Rock Camp is a nonprofit music and mentoring program that empowers girls and women through music education and activities that foster self-respect, leadership skills, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration. I know firsthand, it isn’t easy being different or queer or transgender in the entertainment business. When I was a small kid (same height as I am now, but no mustache), I had no community support or resources, and oftentimes I had to go it alone…a.k.a. “the school of hard knocks.” Throughout my years performing, I’ve noticed a lack of visibility in entertainment and society of queer and transgender women. I set up the For the Queer Kids Scholarship to openly support and raise the visibility for youths who identify as queer, transgender, or lesbian and kids would like to be a part of the life-changing Willie Mae Rock Camp for Girls experience. WillieMaeRockCamp.org

...Dita von Teese. She’s the top burlesque performer in the world, and I’ve had the pleasure of hosting many of her shows in this country. She has also performed at Crazy Horse in Paris. Now, instead of flying to France, I can just pop in the DVD and watch the show while eating a cheeseburger. Dita.net

...Layrite Pomade.
I always use Layrite to enhance my showbiz hairstyle. It’s a wonder pomade that washes out with water. If I know I’m going to be on the town for more than six hours, I’ll use Layrite Super Hold for the night. You could bounce a quarter off of my hair! Hawleywoods.com

...Men’s Talk About Body. My good friend JD Samson’s new band, Men, just released its first full-length album. The songs touch on queer politics and are inspiring anthems for all. Catch the band live too—I’ll be in the front, sweating bullets on the dance floor. MySpace.com/men

...Chez Josephine. This is my favorite restaurant in New York City. The moment you enter, you’re greeted by Jean-Claude Baker, Josephine Baker’s adopted son and the most charming host in the city. The room feels like a Parisian cabaret from the 1920s—lights are low, as actors and artists mix with the staff and other patrons. The food is exceptional, especially my favorite dish, the steak au poivre. ChezJosephine.com

...Gay Rights for All t-shirts. I designed these shirts in each color of the rainbow to send a positive message of equal rights for all. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Ali Forney Center, which helps homeless LGBT youths. GayRightsForAll.com








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