Parramatta Park was bathed in colour on Sunday as the local gay and lesbian community, along with family and friends, celebrated the annual Parramatta Pride Picnic. I went with tradition and attended in drag with my daughter – even though we had a handbag fight – I enjoyed the day immensely. We met up with old and new friends, entered the dog show as Sandy Bottom’s dog and had had plenty of pics taken. It was great to see so many people out and proud to support the event.

It’s a pity I can’t say the same for everything that happens in Western Sydney.

After months of discussion and feedback from last month’s column, I have decided to reduce the amount of social dances that I’m running in Western Sydney, from 17 dances a year, to 12 in 2013. With my full-time day job, drag and producing Queer Out West 89.3fm, I feel it’s all just a bit too much for an old has been like me to handle. The new format for Kaleidoscope (KSD) and Heaven (HSD) will now be on alternating months, six each per year, starting with HSD in January at the Northmead Bowling Club then KSD at the Parramatta Golf Club in February.

Hopefully this structure is easier for our patrons to remember and plan to, so our numbers increase and events don’t clash. My first priority was to keep HSD alive as it has been going strong for five years. I think maybe people have become complacent that there will always be something there for them. But, as I always say, support these nights or they will be gone.

The next KSD on October 6 boasts two fun filled Spot Shows hosted by the always fabulous Sandy Bottom with a variety of guests, from newcomers to seasoned professionals. Details here.

I’m very pleased with the success of Heaven’s latest production show, and next month’s dance is your last chance to check out MBC in Diva Station which is the last HSD this year. But returning next year with something a little bit different. Stay tuned. Info here.

Also don’t forget to tune in to Queer Out West 89.3fm on Monday nights from 10pm to keep up with all the goss. I can’t believe it’s been a full year since all the drama, with the show being suspended from air, the actual community radio station being served with an eviction notice and moving premises. At the beginning of this year we (the Co-Op) were quite fortunate to buy our own building and move into our newly built studio. It’s a bit too high tech for a simple girl like me but with the help of our regular cast and new presenters, I’m getting the hang of it and we’re going strong.

I love how you can now listen live in HD or on demand, so now I can listen to the show back, have a laugh at my hiccups and hear what was said when I wasn’t paying attention like usual. Info at www.queeroutwest.com

Drag Gossip

Diva preparations are underway with rumours flying. Who will be on the poster? A legend? A diva winner? A social queen? Perhaps all of them. Will the host stay upright all night? The most important question of all is what on earth will I wear?

Until next time, gorgeous! BB

www.beverlybuttercup.com

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