It seems just as you start to get into the whole summer feel of things, the next thing you know you’re doused in a bucket of rain.
The end of last week was glorious, sun splashing from every which way on sexy boys dressed in singlets and short shorts and even sexier girls in little skirts and tiny tops. This was what I was met with on Friday 1December, World AIDS Day. For such an important day it was great to see the sun coming to the party also.
I have to touch on the fabulous volunteers selling their asses off on Friday, up and down Oxford Street and in the city. Selling ribbons and funky new wristbands, these vollies were at their posts from 7am and didn’t finish till the wee hours of the morning.
And it wasn’t just about getting a quick donation and moving on -“ all the volunteers seemed to have this huge passion for what they were doing, and even after hours on their feet they had a genuine smile on their faces.
Congratulations, guys, you worked very hard all day, your work and commitment is truly valued and you are all an amazing testament worth more than just buying a ribbon nowadays. It was good to see a lot of you relaxing with a cold drink after you hung your buckets up for the day.
When the sun went down it was the showgirls who were called on to do their part, making one of Sydney’s finest line-ups of the year at Stonewall’s annual Red Party. It was truly a Who’s Who of the drag community performing to help raise as much money as they could for World AIDS Day.
The shows didn’t stop -“ once one block of showgirls went off, the stage was swept and a new line-up was swishing around. We had drag legend Cindy Pastel, the Imperial girls (who swept in like Cyclone Tracy between shows at the Imperial, then off the stage and back in their car), Farren, Wyness and Mitzi, our own singing budgie Courtney Act and it seemed hundreds of others.
Apart from customers being packed in like sardines, the night was a huge success, raising thousands of dollars for this very worthwhile charity.
It is more than just buying a ribbon and wristband now. Let’s keep talking about HIV and AIDS and never stop the fight.
EYESPY I was lucky enough to perform at Ashley Swift’s new night at Plan B above the Bourbon in Kings Cross. Shut Up and Shake It is on from 4pm till 10pm every Sunday. I shared the stage with Sydney’s newest imported sister, Miss Tiffany. Wow, she is amazing! Could this be the new Vida Las Vegas?