Friday, April 16, 2010

Transmen get a room of their own

A transgender beauty pageant is about to make “his-tory.”

On April 25, Brooklyn will crown the first-ever “Mr. Transman,” with a pageant at the Knitting Factory in Williamsburg.

Though drag contests, gay pageants and transwoman competitions have been happening for years, transmen have been without a pageant of their own.

“I tell the kids, ‘When I was your age, we had butch and femme and that was it.’ Now, the queer scene is much more diverse than it has ever been,” said Murray Hill (pictured), a nightlife personality who has hosted the city’s Miss Lez Pageant for the past nine years and will be doing the same at Mr. Transman 2010. “The Transman competition is truly a direct response to there being almost no visibility of this group in our society.”

At the pageant, six contestants will compete in Platform, Swimsuit, Realness, Talent and Evening Wear. The winner will receive a cash prize and a photo spread in the seminal transman magazine, “Original Plumbing.”

Though all the gender-bending may be overwhelming, Hill encourages people from all walks of life to attend this “helluva blow-out, sexy, dance party and show.”

“Everybody puts their pants on one leg at a time,” said Hill. “That’s what people are going to learn.”

Mr. Transman pageant at the Knitting Factory [361 Metropolitan Ave. at Havemeyer Avenue in Williamsburg, (347) 529-6696], April 25 at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $12.

— Elizabeth Dana


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