Last month, Ray Fetcho, who many of us know as ‘Tiny Tina,’ was fired from his job as a licensed practical nurse, because a routine screening in 2010 revealed a ludicrous lewd act conviction from 1976. He had been a nurse for 40 years, since turning 21 in May of 1969.
As Ray himself notes in SFGN’s front page story, he always kept his ‘real’ world of nursing and ‘show business’ world of fantasy separate and apart from each other. He humorously stated he was not just ‘a queen.’ He billed himself as ‘the queen.’
As a young man coming out in the late 1970’s, I remember those ‘wet jockey nights’ at the Copa. I remember the night my roommate strutted his stuff on stage. Ripped and cut, he nearly won.
On that night, however, in a moment of spectacular irony, some obese 300 pound guy showed up and wiggled his butt, shook his gargantuan beer belly, and blew the crowd away with laughter. It was hilarious. The overweight contestant won, leaving the roster of buff-boy challengers frustrated and broke. Everything was in fun. We all laughed, went home and charted the episode into our memory banks.