Amanda Love sets the record straightGraffiti: Amanda Love sets the record straight
sets the record straight
is a woman-WOMAN.And, although she was born a male, she fits into her size 10 and a half stilettos just fine.
At 44, she's
more comfortable than ever and looking at life's gifts rather than life's disappointments.She
life is just beginning and wants to put the "boo-boos" behind her
By night, she's
a showgirl, the queen of the drag scene, the "hostess with the mostess" and a comedian - not only in her
Parkersburg alternative club, Club Utopia, but throughout several states. At home, she's a gardener, house keeper, sister and humanitarian.She's
a transgender, but who's paying attention these days because she
is so comfortable in those shoes.She
can wear the biggest hair, loudest gowns and six-inch spikes or peasant top, shorts and flip-flops.She
doesn't care what is on the outside of a person; she
only looks to see what's on the inside. She
applauds Parkersburg's residents and officials because they have really given her
little trouble with who she
is and who God made her
to be.In fact, she
gives back to the community by doing benefits and fund-raisers because people were there for her
in a time of need.
Rocky startLove was born in Parkersburg, the son of Charles and Carolyn Radcliff.
...Love decided to go to Parkersburg Beauty College after quitting high school and had no problem getting a degree.She
worked for the finest hairdresser in Parkersburg
, Pat Farnsworth.
taught me a lot about hair, but more importantly, about setting goals and achieving those goals," she
still does shows for Woofter at the Warehouse 29 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
came back to Parkersburg
and began working in Peppers Lounge as a showgirl and opened a beauty salon called Illusions Hair Odyssey on Fifth Street.She
was doing a lot of hair, but also realized she
had a great talent for helping cancer patients learn how to deal with whigs.This is something she
still does today.
"I was working with the cancer society's program, "Look good, feel good" and feeling good myself to watch a lady walk in with a scarf over their head and walking with their face down, embarrassed and feeling low and then watching them leave with this beautiful wig on and walking out the door with their head up and a restored pride.That is what it's all about."Women on chemo and loosing their hair still come to her
door for wig help, she
came home to face the mental problems her
mother was having.After 22 years of marriage, her
mother was diagnosed as a schizophrenic.Love
mother as a fabulous person.There were a lot of trials and tribulations in getting her
mother diagnosed and getting her
knew as a child her
mother was having some problems, but her
mother could put it all aside and be of great help to Love
traveled with her
to shows; cooked for her
and even sewed costumes.Her
mother was good to the alternative community and helped start the Parkersburg Aids Task Force
addressed envelopes to organizations helping raise funds.
is presently working out in a local gym to help fight her
struggles with her
weight and her
fight against sugar.The gym owners and employees at Anytime Fitness treat her
with respect and never once has gender come up, she
needs the extra strength and stamina.She's
in North Carolina at Warehouse 29 on the third Wednesday of the month.She then usually travels back to West Virginia and into Charleston's Trax club on Friday she heads up to Morgantown to Vice Versa Club and to see her good friend, Papa Bear.
On Saturday of that same week, she
tries to be back at her
own club in Parkersburg
private time at home and loves old movies and gardening in her
loves to decorate and the house shows it.She
is a lady; one with a big heart, big mouth, big feet and big boobs.And, she's
not afraid of showing any of the four to help out someone in need.