I was brought up in Cairns, but born in the Philippines in a part called Cebu, and moved to Australia when I was four years of age.
I moved to Sydney when I was 14. The gay scene at that point in Cairns was nonexistent. I was too young and I didn’t know what it was and was not out to myself then.
My parents were conservative through and through and quite homophobic at that point, so I grew up being a homophobic child.
Being bi-racial – coming from a Spanish mum and a Filipino dad – I tend to feel trapped when it comes to racial issues. It’s ironic that the gay scene is more racially intolerant than the straight crowd. I do stand out with my dark skin and I’m flattered to be labelled a role model for this and that, but it’s not something I take credit for. I feel like I’m impatiently waiting for the world to get better with those issues.
I’ve been back to my birth town twice and the gay scene is very different. My impression is that they think that boys – gay or straight – go through this phase.
I came out when I was 19 and I was kicked out of home for that. It was very messy as I was also going through a break-up with one of my first boyfriends. I told mum, and dad heard and went quiet. I went for a drive, came home and they had disowned me.
I fell into drag in 2003 when a couple of friends put me in drag for the fun of it. Deep inside I knew it was going to happen sooner or later. I did my first number at some birthday party.
To get where I now am professionally was hard and a lot more challenging than people think. There are a lot of insecurities, envy and jealously in the drag world, which is sad. When I was starting out I was unsure where I fitted in, but everyone goes through that. Now I’ve grown up and understand what I can do.
When I won Rising Star and some other awards at the DIVAs it made me feel I could close a chapter in my life. I don’t know why it was so important.
This year I was very disappointed as some big names were spreading shit about me publicly. When people you admire and respect say something negative about you, it hurts a lot more.
I wish the DIVAs were less bitchy and more fun. We’re such a small community and we really should be supporting each other instead of trying to cut each other down.
I like to have fun and that is the main reason I do drag. When I’m in drag I don’t see the point of sitting there and acting like a lady. At the end of the day I’m a boy in a dress – that’s a funny thing in itself. A lot of young people can relate to that and it changes their perspective of drag.
It takes about 45 minutes to get dressed. I’m trying to cut down on dressing time. I’m lucky that I can live off it because there aren’t many who can. I did a degree in audio engineering so it gives me a bit more money to use for other things in the budget, like costumes.
Last year Beyoncé Knowles sent her lawyers after me. They said I couldn’t use the name or my domain name. In the end they didn’t have legal grounds and it’s disappeared.
Drag is just for now because I don’t see myself being a 30-year-old drag queen. Music is my passion. Next year I’m going back to music school to do music and singing for musical theatre.
Check Out Beyonce G-Spot at the Newtown Hotel every Friday at 10pm and 11pm in her The Devil Wears Gaffa show. On Saturdays see her in The Pleasure Puppets at 11pm, midnight, 1am and 2am at Stonewall. For more details, check out beyoncegspot.com.
As told to SUNNY BURNS

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