Christian Siriano, the flamboyant Mowgli-impersonator who won the last season of design competition show Project Runway, sort of coined the term "trannie" as a descriptor for things that other gays might call "a hot mess" or "[three snaps]." Now, because there are, um, you know, actual transgender people who feel a bit put-off by his verbiage, Siriano is trying to banish the term from his vocabulary. He's not doing a very good job, though. In a recent Time Out New York story about queer folk, he made some untoward comments about drag queens and, well, trannies:
When asked why drag is such an integral party of the queer community, Siriano expounded:
If you think of heterosexuals, they have white-trash women and trailer parks, and we have drag queens and trannies. I don't know if I'm the one who can explain it. It's, like, drag queens are just there. These answers are hard!
I wish that my words were not taken in that way. When I was speaking, some comments that I made were not used in the article. I completely support the fabulousness and amazing fashion inspiration that most transgender people provide. I know plenty of trans people. Some of my best friends had the struggle finding themselves. As did I considering that I am a very flamboyant gay man. I mean no disrespect to the transgender population and I never will. Some of my close friends happen to be transgender and I think they are some of the most inspiring people in my life.
Trannie hot mess! I mean, fierce! I mean, good on you, lad.