It’s official, I have been labelled a “B-grade drag queen” and I do not mind in the slightest because I don’t do it for a living.

I think I’ve done some great work since I started to perform in 1992 for a little bit of fun and attention, but as t

ime goes on it’s becoming harder and harder to please everyone.

I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved and created over the years. I’m content where I fall in this silly grading system – I couldn’t do it full time, once or twice a fortnight is enough for me.

And I’m so glad I don’t fall into the amateur category as, from personal experience, they have no respect for anyone.

I’ve experienced newcomers not turning up to bookings or acting like they’ve been doing it for years and thinking they’re queen shit. I taught my daughters to respect their elders and learn the history of drag and stop trying to be a bitch because that’s my job.

I think the correct label for me is legendary. If you don’t know me or about me, or had me, you’ve missed out.

My most recent achievement is getting my baby Heaven to its 5th birthday. At the fifth annual Charity Night we had four amazing shows, hosted by some very special guests and it was a jam-packed evening of entertainment, dance and support.

I’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who helped out on the night (sorry if I’ve forgotten anyone):

The special guest hosts Prada and Laydee (and myself), every performer (too many to name), Gavin Prendergast (health and promotions Officer, ACON West) for all your efforts on the door and organising things. The Star Observer for the countless support, DJ Shaft for jumping in at the last minute, Gay Matchmaker for major prize donation and to every patron for coming along and supporting the night. Also a very special thanks to Babylicious and her friends for their cash donation and wonderful performance. I have never seen so much audience participation and involvement during a number and it was fabulous.

This year saw an increase in attendance and $2100 raised for the youth of Western Sydney (being distributed by ACON West).

The next Heaven Social Dance will be August 25 with the debut of our new show Diva Station, which will see the return of Crystal Clear, Melicious D’Amage and Brandi Alexander to the Heaven stage. Details here.

It’s great to see so much support at these events, but we must keep this effort up to see social nights continue in the West, as we’ve just had the closure of the renamed Closet, Foreplay at the Velvet room, after a four-week stint. Lack of a attendance plays a big part in this, just like the opening and closing night of the Rainbow Party at Parramatta. It’s pretty sad as the organisers put in so much effort to create a safe and fun night out for the LGBT community which is local.

Something that I suggest that everyone should come and support is Queer Shorts, happening on August 11 for one night only. It’s a queer short film festival at Riverside Theatre. Ten bucks gets you cool queer short films, Q&A with the filmmakers, goodie bags, lucky door prizes and BBQ post movie. It kicks off at 7pm, tickets can be purchased at the riverside box office 88393399 www.riversideparramatta.com.au

And on a last note the Queer Out West team would like to welcome Danni Dyke to the mic, our new lesbian correspondent, and announce that we are now on demand/podcast as well as listen live. Your Show, Queer Out West 89.3fm, at your time!.

Go to www.893fm.com.au and have a look at our official website and become a member of our forum and add your own community events or feedback. www.queeroutwest.com

Drag Gossip: What will I do with some performers demanding a minimum of $200 for two spots? Poor old me. I’m a celebrity, get me out of here!

Until next time, gorgeous! BB xoxo

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