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Houston Voice, June 24, 2005 - File 018. 2005-06-24. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 16, 2017. http://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/3815/show/3787.

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Title Houston Voice, June 24, 2005
Contributor
  • Crain, Chris
  • Fisher, Binnie
Publisher Window Media
Date June 24, 2005
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 31485329
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Transcript HOUSTON VOICE www.houstonvoice.com JUNE 24.2005 17 ret BINNIE FISHER Houston's Jill Jordan is paraphrasing the title of a famous drag movie: To Wong Fu, ii _M Thanks for everything, Jill Jordan.' Luck, be HOUSTON FEMALE IMPERSONATOR Jill Jordan says she's tired of lamenting the demise of drag in the city where she has resided for 32 years. She's going where the art of drag is alive, appreciated and where donning women's clothes and singing your heart out pays. "I'm moving to Vegas," says Jordan, 56. Not only that, she's taking her hairdresser and make-up artist, Leon Schwartz, with her. "Leon's got a Chevy Trailblazer with a tow package," Jordan says. "We're renting a trailer. Honey, it's gonna to be just like "To Wong Fu," only we're not going in drag." In the movie, "To Wong Fu, Thanks for everything, Julie Newmar," three drag queens head out from New York to Hollywood in a convertible to participate in a female impersonator contest overseen by Julie Newmar. Jordan credits Vegas drag diva Roxie Starr, the former Jimmy Emerson of Beaumont, with casting out the lure. "Roxie and I have been good friends for probably 25 years," Jordan says. Starr tells Jordan that jobs abound in las Vegas, from the casinos to the drag stage. "Roxie said if I was there for two days without a job that she'd be stunned," says Jordan. "She's already got six heads of hair lined up for Leon to do." Jordan said she already has two job possibilities, one performing in an established drag show, the other in a new club that is opening about the time she and Schwartz arrive. "They're looking for an older drag queen who does nothing but the classic drag numbers and who can run the dancers," she says, adding that the description sounds an awful lot like Jill Jordan. Over the last three decades, Jordan says, it's been difficult to watch the decline of drag in Houston. It's how she once made her living, but in recent years, it's turned into a meager subsistence. "I've been trying to piece together a life from a little bit of dancers and a little bit of drag and a little bit of home health care." Jordan says. "It's hard to do. Nowadays, you don't get paid a fourth of what you should (for drag)." In Vegas, if she lands the job as resident drag queen at the new club, Jordan says, "I'd sort of be a big fish in a small ft MORE INFO Jill Jordan Farewell Show 9 p.m. Wednesday El's 2517 Ralph Houston drag queen Jill Jordan will try her luck in las Vegas. pond. The money, I know, is fabulous." If she doesn't land a permanent drag gig, Jordan says, there are always casino jobs in the city that rarely sleeps. "It's such a pretty place and with so much going on," she says. "You're never going to get bored." Roxie Starr has thrown out an incentive. She's offered Jordan and Schwartz her rental apartment for free for a month. She giving them a sweet deal thereafter. "Everything seems to be just falling into place," Jordan said. "It seems like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. My friends tell me that if I don't take it, I'll kick myself one day" Houston gets one last opportunity to see Jill Jordan perform at 9 p.m. Wednesday at E.J.'s, 2517 Ralph. "We're pulling out on July 1." says Jordan. "We'll be in Vegas in time for the Fourth of July." Television commercials for Las Vegas promise, "What happens here stays here," but Jordan says that promise was made before Vegas knew she was coming. "I may just get on the phone and tell everybody," she says.
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