An openly gay business owner and member of the Mikisew Cree First Nation is sharing his story about life as a two-spirited man in oil country.
Massey Whiteknife is telling the tale of his double-life through the series “Queen of the Oil Patch”, which is now airing on APTN.
The Fort McKay native – otherwise known as ‘Iceis Rain’ – came out at 18 years old and for over 20 years he’s been an advocate for anti-bullying and the LGBTQ+ movement.
Whiteknife tells Mix News it’s an amazing feeling seeing the show come to fruition.
“Words cannot describe how excited I am,” Whiteknife said. “It’s unreal actually. This is something I was working on for around two years and for it to now come to life and be on the air, it’s just phenomenal.”
The show highlights Whiteknife’s personal journey as a successful, openly gay business owner, living in the RMWB.
While one half of him is embedded in his business and his daily life, his other half emboldens the drag queen alter-ego, ‘Iceis.’
Whiteknife feels the show is a mixture of LGBTQ+ culture, with Aboriginal culture, while also showing life in the oilsands.
“Throughout the journey, I go back to my culture, I speak to the elders talking about two-spirited and do I want to transition? Because a lot of people know me as being gay but I’m two-spirited and I knew ever since I was a child that I was two-spirited.”
Whiteknife adds he hopes people who deal with similar struggles find solace in seeing how he lives day-by-day.
You can catch the remainder of the ‘Queen of the Oil Patch’ on Tuesday nights at 8:30 p.m. on APTN.