Courting a Queen

[cs_content][cs_section bg_color=”hsl(0, 0%, 0%)” parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 25px 0px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text style=”color: #ffffff;”]Photography by Laura Simonsen


The one and only, Miss Cleo Moans is a rising star in Hong Kong’s drag scene. This up and coming starlet was discovered at Volume Beat’s annual Drag Overdose event 6 years ago and has since risen through the ranks to become one of the city’s most popular drag queens.

Last year has brought untold limelight to Cleo, with an appearance in a commercial for AIDS Concern, a regular gig hosting Beat’s karaoke night, performances at some of Hong Kong’s best clubs, radio guest spots and most recently, as the subject of Laura Simonsen’s exceptional photography collection, Another Side of Me.

Clearly Cleo’s talent knows no bounds as she finished off het spectacular year with the release of her debut single Love Me Like A Lady. The song, which hit the Christmas charts is a tongue-in-cheek poke at the behaviour of the type of guys that tend to harbour a fetish for drag queens. After years of putting up with downright inappropriate advances from ‘chasers’, she thought it was about time to lay down the law and set the rules for romancing a true lady such as herself through the power of music.

As a taster, Cleo has given PLUG her (very) honest perspective on chasers and a how-to guide on the correct courtship of a queen.[/cs_text][/cs_column][/cs_row][/cs_section][cs_section parallax=”false” style=”margin: 0px;padding: 45px 0px;”][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.triggerlappy.com/plugmag/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/article-courting-a-queen-05.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” style=”float:right;width:50%;height:50%;padding-left:3%;”][x_blockquote cite=”CLEO MOANS” type=”left”]A dashing lothario from Argentina is taken aback by my beauty at one of my weekly karaoke nights. Cue line – ‘You’re the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever seen.’ Yawn.[/x_blockquote][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]“Is there some tranny chasers up in here?”

The question RuPaul asks in the chorus from his infamous dance hit, ‘Tranny Chaser.’ Now, the world has gone all PC more recently, with the term ‘tranny’ being cast out, and I guess, rightly so. So, y’all can just call me a lady, and I’ll call you my chasers.

I was introduced to the world of the chasers on my very first night out in Melbourne almost five years ago. There I was, first time doing drag, looking utterly hideous, in a God-awful pub thinking no one would find THIS sexy. An hour in, and a not so unattractive gentleman approaches me with an offer any ‘working gurl’ couldn’t refuse. He tells me of his escort agency who hire queens to…entertain their wide variety of chasers. Good money an’ all! Now, of course, being a lady of elegance, I politely declined.

One might expect such things in Australia, but fast forward now to Hong Kong and the chasers are still out in force.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.triggerlappy.com/plugmag/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/article-courting-a-queen-02.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” style=”width: 100%;”][x_line style=”border-top-color: hsl(0, 0%, 30%);border-top-width: 1px;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]

Case one.

While enjoying a dance at Drag Overdose a customer asks ‘what can I do to make your night better?’ – ‘Buy me a bottle of champagne’ I flippantly reply. Five minutes later, I’m in the booth in the corner sipping on Veuve Clicquot, with his hand going further and further up my thigh.

Case two.

While glancing at myself in the mirror in the club, a seemingly suave gentleman greets me, gives me the usual lines (‘I’ve never met a girl like you before’) and then proceeds to ask how much I’d charge to walk on his back in 5-inch stilettos. I tell him, ‘Sorry but it’s true love that I’m all about.’

Case three.

A dashing lothario from Argentina is taken aback by my beauty at one of my weekly karaoke nights. Cue line – ‘You’re the most gorgeous woman I’ve ever seen.’ Yawn. And then proceeds to ask if we can engage in a water sports session in the toilets. Charming. So, he’s waiting for me in the ladies – I grab my pay cheque from the bar and run home as fast as I can.[/cs_text][x_image type=”none” src=”http://www.triggerlappy.com/plugmag/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/article-courting-a-queen-04.jpg” alt=”” link=”false” href=”#” title=”” target=”” info=”none” info_place=”top” info_trigger=”hover” info_content=”” style=”width: 100%;”][/cs_column][/cs_row][cs_row inner_container=”true” marginless_columns=”false” style=”margin: 0px auto;padding: 0px;”][cs_column fade=”false” fade_animation=”in” fade_animation_offset=”45px” fade_duration=”750″ type=”1/1″ style=”padding: 0px;”][cs_text class=”cs-ta-justify”]And those are just three of many a chaser story. What do they all have in common? Well, first, they all claim to be straight. And second, they just don’t know how to treat a lady like me.

So, chasers, here are some tips on how to love me like a lady:

  • Don’t treat me as your fetish object, coz underneath it all, I’m real.
  • No sex on the first, second or third date. Or even at all.
  • When asking me out on a date, give me at least a month’s notice. I’m a busy working woman.
  • Be a man and let me break up with you in person.
  • Remember that dating me, or any of my sisters, doesn’t make you any less of a man.

Now, can someone get me a vodka straight up? And a chaser.

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