Kings of Queens
The film, "The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert," showcases gay mobility in a way no other movie had before. Putting queer bodies on the road illustrates a whole new way to liberate these unaccepted people through the journey they take together. Robertson in Home and Away tries to argue that the liberating factor of the film relies on racist and sexist stereotypes that furthermore frighten those who dare to venture from home. Though the film does make use of such stereotypes, they work to enhance the liberation of the road, and instead of frightening travelers away, the stereotypes aid the queer bodies in finding their place in this world. In the film, the "girls" visit a bar early on in their journey. Here they encounter a woman who is portrayed as being extremely "butch," as well as other "redneck" type patrons. Instead of being outcast and persecuted, Bernadette proves their worth with her sharp wit. They become a hit at the bar, singing songs, selling Wo-Man cosmetics, and winning drinking duels. Here the stereotype of the working class Australian works with the road to show that queer bodies can find their fit in an unlikely place, specifically a room of extremely manly and conservative Australians. Also in the film, the three encounter a group of Aboriginees, one in particular, who invite them to a party. Once again the racial stereotype of impoverished and old fashioned Aboriginee culture is employed to aid the queer bodies in finding a place wherever they roam. Where one would think they would be shunned, they are once again accepted. At the party, the three put on a drag show, and the Aboriginees, though hesitant, enjoy it, support it, and join in. These uses of stereotypes, though they could be employed to frighten and de-liberate the road, in fact are used to show that queer bodies have a place in any part of society that they find, therefore making the road all the more liberating for the three characters, and making a venture away from home seem more than worthwhile.