I worried what they would say about us, as it was completely obvious we did not belong.
People shot us disapproving looks as we held hands and edged through the crowd looking for her. We didn’t know who we were looking for, but Cowboy did.
Then she spotted us. She flung her arms up in the air and made her way to us in her super-high heels. Her mini-skirt and tube top were tight as could be. Her thick blonde hair settled on her broad shoulders. Her glittery makeup was heavily, but perfectly, applied.
She wrapped herself in Cowboy’s arms and introduced herself to me.
I’m sure I looked like a scared child. Brought into a place I’d never been, seeing this girl for the first time. But I wasn’t scared at all…I was in awe.
This girl had a very loud, spirited personality. She flirted with everyone. She had a style and a way about her that most girls just don’t have. She was outgoing and funny. She was wild and uninhibited.
She was nothing like the man she was during the day.
You see, that’s the first time I’d ever met Mia…but I’d met her male counterpart, Jake, on several occasions.
Jake was a smart, quiet, cute guy. When we were first introduced to him, I could have never guessed what kind of experience he would provide me in the future.
We went out to watch Mia perform on a few more occasions. This included more gay bar experiences and a visit to the Pride Festival. Each time I watched in amazement as this cute little quiet guy transformed himself into a glamorous, high-energy, beautiful woman.
Aside from some very entertaining entertainment, Jake/Mia provided me with some life lessons that I will never forget:
~ Things are not always as they seem.
~ The “quiet” ones need to break out sometimes, too.
~ Beauty can be found in the most unexpected places.
~ Sometimes people don’t want to be one thing or another…they just want to be.
Cowboy and Jake’s relationship didn’t last. Jake went off to Europe to study design, never to be heard from again.
I’ve yet to find a drag queen as beautiful and sweet as Mia. Though I can’t say I’ve tried.
I hope she’s still doing her thing.
(Miss Chi-Chi is my second favorite drag queen.)