‘Trans Handy Ma’am’s Pride Playlist – Hollywood Life


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It’s pride! Throughout the month of June, HollywoodLife is running The sound of pridea month-long feature where members of the LGBTQ+ community choose songs that should be on your Pride 2022 playlist. Mercury stardust, the “Trans Handy ‘Ma’am,” joins you in offering some tips for having the best Pride 2022 soundtrack ever. Mercury is known for her helpful home repair videos, her work as a burlesque performer, and the utmost joy in her infectious laughter. However, his selections for The sound of pride come with a very serious message. “Center and protect trans youth,” she says HollywoodLife. With continued legislation attacking trans people, especially trans youth, this is a call that rings louder than ever.

“For many of us, battles have been fought and won over decades,” she adds, “but this news that is raging so deeply in the world is one that we must make sure to protect the LGBTQIA+ community. Smile and spread joy and love, but never forget to check in with those who are about to begin and begin their journey. Because the more visible they become, the scarier things can be.

Mercury’s picks for the Pride 2022 playlist reflect the heights of free living as oneself (“I’ve used [this song] like my trans anthem”) and the depressions that all young gay men face today. Those sensitive to content surrounding suicide should take heed and know that the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255 (with a new national number — 988, similar to 911 — launching in mid-July.)

(Courtesy of Mercury Stardust)

Sutton Foster, “I like being a girl” (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel version)

Mercury Stardust: “This was one of the first songs I performed on as a burlesque dancer. It’s silly and fun and dynamic and all about the good things to celebrate about your body. I used it as a trans anthem to celebrate my femininity and coming out as a woman.

Linkin Park, “One More Light”

The song is one of the most heartfelt songs about suicide. We often want to celebrate during Pride, but we also need to remember those who came before us and who did not survive.

We need a lot of support as queer [people], and it is important to create a community in order to receive this support. If we don’t get this support, it can lead to negative mental health experiences: being ostracized, losing friends and losing family. All of this can contribute to suicide rates. It’s important to remember this during Pride to celebrate those who are still here, but remember those we’ve lost. It is vital to our community and our experiences.

HollywoodLife: It’s been just over a year since you joined TikTok. You posted your first video as an “intersectional feminist trans interview lady” before adopting the title “Trans Handy Ma’am”. Today, you are approaching 2 million followers, with 36 million Likes. With all those people you’ve helped, do you feel like you’ve found a calling in your work as “Trans Handy Ma’am?”

It would be impossible to ignore all emails, messages, text messages and encounters with strangers in public or in restaurants. I don’t know where this journey will take me, but I do know that the compassion I share with others has resonated deeply. This is what drives me to continue every day on my platforms. It’s more than just videos on your phone because others are doing more than just videos on their phone. Some content is trivial, some content is ephemeral, but the content that resonates with us is the content that stays with us. It’s the audience who decides if it’s more than just a video, and I’m grateful to them for creating this community with me.

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What do you think has been one of the biggest challenges in your career as a content creator? Also, what do you consider to be one of the greatest successes?

By far the biggest challenge was the lack of support when I was first growing up. To be successful online, you must have a support system; otherwise, you will collapse and drown from it all. Once I had a stronger support system in place around me, everything became much easier and I was able to regain my social and personal life that I felt like I had lost at my debut on TikTok. If I could say anything to new creators who are developing rapidly, it’s that you should find a partner now, right away. Otherwise, you will lose your sanity, your time and your happiness.

My biggest success has been finding people who believe in me and support me, like Maggie, my business partner. I grew up fast and lost a lot of friends, and it can be tough, but what was really good was the people who came into my life who shared the same mission. And right now people love maggie, Basil, Amethystand Lumithe people closest to me in my life and my work have rallied together to support me in the mission that I am undertaking, and it is magnificent.


@terminaltwo Hope this makes you laugh and helps you at the same time #comedy #jokes #DIY #lgbtqia #support

♬ Steven Universe – L. Dre

It might be a little obvious, but is there a particular David Bowie album that you can listen to anytime, anywhere?

Black Star is the greatest album of the past 20 years. It came out after his death and was designed for that. He died, and a few singles came out post-mortem, but the album that still resonates with me is Black Star, especially “Lazarus”. It’s one of the saddest and deepest songs I’ve ever heard in my life. I could listen to it for hours. He’s a man who rose to the top of the industry, knew his life was coming to an end, and chose to turn that pain into music and art to share with others when he was gone. There’s something really beautiful and poetic about it.


Name Origin Story #trans #transgender #lgbtqia #lgbtq #queer #transwoman #transfem

♬ original sound – Mercury Stardust

You recently posted a video about Marinka and Alexandra the Great “48” as a way to celebrate burlesque trans performers of the past. Will you be seen to continue this observance? Are there any other artists you would like to see get more recognition?

There are so many burlesque legends, cis and trans, who deserve so much recognition for the way they have shaped our culture. If I keep talking about burlesque performers, I gotta talk about my dear friend Monique MurrayA.K.A Bonnie Logan, recently deceased. She was known as the first M&M girl – she will melt in your mouth AND your hands.


Celebrate pride, but don’t forget to honor those who came before us. #lgbtqia #pridemonth #pridemonth🏳️‍🌈 #rainbow #trans #transisbeautiful #queerhistory #gay #lesbian #bisexual🏳️‍🌈 #transgender

♬ original sound – Mercury Stardust

She embodied what it was like to be a true ally in the trans community. At the height of her career in the 60s and 70s, she was one of the only burlesque performers to share a big top with transgender burlesque performers. She used her fame, name and reputation to raise the voice of others around her and share her space with them. And when the trans community’s vocabulary and understanding changed, so did their vocabulary and understanding.

In order for us to have a brighter and more vibrant future, it is important that we remember those who came before us who lived great lives and spread joy to millions.


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