DJ and former Pride director Sioux Spears died suddenly from a heart attack last week. She was 36 years old.

Spears was a regular highlight of DJ line-ups at Pride, Mardi Gras and Harbour parties. She also had a year-long residency at London’s famous Heaven Nightclub.

Spears was a Pride director for two years and produced the first Revolution party, as well as volunteering for Mardi Gras and the Kirketon Road Centre. Recently accepted to study for a Bachelor of Environmental Science degree at the University of New South Wales, Spears was a passionate and dedicated environmentalist.

Spears is survived by long-time partner Lou-Anne Lind and family.

Lind has stepped down from her position as Pride’s co-president, a position she has held since 1999.

Pride secretary David Skidmore said Lind had played a crucial role in promoting Pride, the establishment of New Mardi Gras and Pride’s move to Erskineville. Skidmore also praised Sioux’s great contributions to the gay and lesbian community.

A celebration of Sioux’s life will be held on Friday 3 December from 6pm at the Colombian Hotel’s top floor. The Sydney Pride Centre has established a trust fund to help up and coming DJs.

Donations to the Sioux Spears DJ trust fund can be made on the night or directly to the Pride Centre.

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