Posted February, 14th, 2013
Belize isn’t known for its Trangender community, but it has and they exist in villages like San Narciso, Corozal and express themselves in simply spaces to exercise their right to expression. This person reflected that expression in this beautiful costume at a small contest.
Belize laws as they currently stand allows individual to change their names to female or anything else they want, but does not allow them to change their sex on documentation. One person Mia Quetzal successfully change her name after being mistreated in Panama on her first trip forcing her to waiting 13 hours in the airport and then was mistreated at Piarco Airport in Port of Spain.
Other pageants follow prior to this. This one was at the Dream Club in Corozal. It was professionally done with judges from Chetumal and had quite a few people in attendance.Take a look at the girls and how proudly their expressed themselves at the event.
Calling all drag queens!
This next story needs little introduction other than to say that if you
are easily confused regarding issues of gender and sexuality you would
do well to stay close to home this Saturday night. Our entertainment
reporter has more.
Janelle Chanona, Reporting
True to its design, the flier announcing this weekend’s Drag Queen competition grabs the viewer’s attention and doesn’t let go.
Errol Swift, Organizer, Drag Queen Competition
just entertainment. The guys deh whe deh tek part, some ah deh straight
and some of them you know, but the bottomline da just clean fun. So
once you know you have a negative idea bout the guys deh, no come.”
According to organizer Errol Swift, the show will run like any other beauty pageant.
wah have the guys inna formal wear, inna deh two piece, inna deh
swimsuit, dat wah be a good thing fu the females and dat da bout it, the
judges wah deh deh. We me wah the audience be part of the judging you
know. I think the Drag Queen thing dah wah difference mein, I think
Belize should come out and see it.”
Drag queens took centre stage
in the Hollywood hit “The Birdcage” but with homophobia alive and well
in Belize, Swift admits marketing the event has been a challenge.
no wah people think Big Apple dah deh type ah club or like that you
know. Da just entertainment, you notice ah deh specify entertainment you
know. So dat dah bout it love.”
“Have you had to do that, specify entertainment otherwise people neva meh ah support you?”
I had to do that. I no cater fu man, I cater for the females and I
explain to the females when I go ker me fliers da just clean fun you
know. We wah lot a female come out, dat ah weh we want. Because you know
man no into left-handed man you know. But da just entertainment Belize,
da just entertainment.”
Reporting for News Five, I am Janelle Chanona.
what the flier says, this is in fact the second official Drag Queen
Competition to take place in Belize, the first being held at the Odyssey
Night Club. The show is set to take place at the Big Apple Night Club
on Regent Street West at ten on Saturday night. Entrance is fifteen
What this coverage of a drag show tells us is how much of our history we have been losing to Belize because so much of us are living our lives as public secrets. In coming years, its my hope we can document and right more about these issues. This included the 2012 show in San Pedro where persons were brought in from neighboring countries to perform. See below: