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DNA Magazine - - CONTENT #216 -

DNA: Your Christ­mas show in the US, A Lump Of Coal, sounds like it may have in­cluded a touch of cli­mate pol­i­tics?

Courtney: A lit­tle. I re­alised that Amer­ica couldn’t be trusted with nice things, so they got a lump of coal this hol­i­day sea­son.

Drag Race: who are you still friends with?

Bianca, Adore, Dari­enne and I are in a con­stant text mes­sage thread. We have a lot of love for each other. I love all the girls. They’re some of my favourite drag queens.

Who are your fans?

I know from look­ing at my in­ter­net sta­tis­ti­cal data that the ma­jor­ity are fe­male, 16 to 25-year-olds, and 40 per­cent are men, who I as­sume are mostly gay. But in these chang­ing times there are prob­a­bly a lot of straight men in there as well, which I think is just dandy!

There are a lot of new terms float­ing around: gen­der non-bi­nary, gen­der di­verse, etc. What do you feel best suits you?

I use the term gen­der fluid, which means that some­times I’m a boy, some­times I’m a girl, and I refuse the con­structs of the gen­der bi­nary – man and woman – I just wanna be me. Some­times I wear pants, some­times I wear skirts, some­times I pants and skirts. That’s called sko­rts!

You made some YouTube clips where you were tested for HIV. You came back neg­a­tive; had you pre­pared your­self for a pos­i­tive re­sult?

I thought it was im­por­tant to talk about it and share the ex­pe­ri­ence. I didn’t feel any shame; I felt a bit con­cerned but this was some­thing I was learn­ing and thought maybe other peo­ple could as well. Had I pre­pared for the re­sults? I guess as much as you can. I guess… ac­cept your re­al­ity as it is, not as you want it to be.

Were you in Aus­tralia for the same-sex mar­riage an­nounce­ment?

Sur­vey re­sult! I was dev­as­tated be­cause I was in LA at a fit­ting watch­ing that lovely man from the Aus­tralian Bu­reau Of Statis­tics milk his 15 min­utes of fame… but it was a beau­ti­ful thing when it was an­nounced.

You went to a Don­ald Trump rally in Fair­field Con­necti­cut in drag and in­ter­viewed his sup­port­ers. Did you feel safe?

At the time I re­mem­ber think­ing, ev­ery­one was so nice, then I re­alised I had a 6-foot-3, 280 pound, armed, off-duty po­lice of­fi­cer stand­ing next to me, which prob­a­bly had a lot to do with it be­ing a mostly pleas­ant ex­pe­ri­ence. It was in­ter­est­ing to have con­ver­sa­tions with peo­ple, try and un­der­stand peo­ple more, find some com­mon ground. I also went to the in­au­gu­ra­tion in drag, and the women’s march in Wash­ing­ton DC, which was to­tally epic. It was such an em­pow­er­ing, pow­er­ful day of in­clu­sion, cel­e­bra­tion and po­lit­i­cal ac­tivism.

You live per­ma­nently over­seas now. What do you miss about Aus­tralia?

I love com­ing home so much. The weather, the peo­ple… but you know what I miss most? Pop cul­ture ref­er­ences, specif­i­cally Yel­low Pages ad­ver­tise­ments from the ’90s. Like just be­ing able to say, “Not Happy Jan!”

This is DNA’s Next Big Thing is­sue. What do you think will be hap­pen­ing in 2018?

The two hot top­ics of 2018 will be fem­i­nism and our treat­ment of an­i­mals. We’re see­ing a fas­ci­nat­ing re­struc­tur­ing of our so­cial land­scape, the top­pling of the pa­tri­archy and the ris­ing of women; it’s won­der­ful to see women and fem­i­nine en­ergy be­ing in­cluded and brought to the fore. Also, I’m a ve­gan, I don’t agree with fac­tory farm­ing. And maybe athe­ism. That may be a hot topic for 2018.

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