Sunday, December 27, 2009
Small Town Sissy Boys
The documentary Sissyboy captures the short-lived gender-bending drag troupe that thrived for three years in mid-1990s Portland, OR. Not your traditional drag queens, and hardly drag queens at all, the members of Sissyboy strived to bring humorous but always challenging social messages to their audience. The Sissyboys wrote original songs about topics like abortion and Matthew Shepard and created lavish staged shows where their unique esthetic of drag-meets-punk-meets-circus-performance found a loyal audience and made them a Portland institution. Sissyboys follows the troupe for their final year of performances and firsttime director Katie Turinski delves deeply into the personal lives of the performers, which makes for a compelling documentary about an important piece of LGBT history.