MELBOURNE’S LGBTI community is mourning the loss of “Mother of Drag” Kerrie Le Gore (Kevin Minogue), who passed away over the weekend on Sunday.

Le Gore was a popular drag queen in the city’s gay scene, with her show Le Gore’s Backyard being an institution when it was on every Sunday at the former Exchange Hotel,

[showads ad=MREC]In much of her later life, Le Gore lived with illness and endured several replacement surgeries, and had problems with walking after complications from a knee replacement.

After growing up and being educated by nuns in Melbourne’s north, at 23 Le Gore left public service work to move into promotions.

It was in 1977 that Le Gore first discovered drag at a backyard party that had a strict “change of sex” theme and in 1983 she started her first drag show at the Dukes Hotel in Abbotsford.

At the time of print, there has has been no announcement of a memorial service.

Kerrie Le Gore and Deborah Le Gaye perform Wind Beneath My Wings:

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