It’s my birthday and I’ll bitch if I want to.

This month I celebrate 20 years of doing drag, meaning I’m 45! Oh, how time flies!

In this time I’ve seen so many venues come and go. We’ve lost many in western Sydney as well as the city.

It will be sad to see the Taxi Club close its doors on April 8. It has been supporting the LGBTI community longer than I can remember. Oh, I’m showing my age now!

Where will I go to now to casually hang out, eat great food, with fantastic drink prices, watch fabulous showgirls and be accepted by all? Not to mention all the trade I picked up there! It’s
still open for a few more weeks so go and celebrate all the fabulous times you’ve had at this amazing venue.

Everyone and everything seems to be moving up and around, opening up and closing down.

The Closet has finished as well. The infamous Wednesday night event at the Velvet Room will apparently be relocating to a new venue and my sources tell me it will be happening on a Sunday night.

It’s very disappointing that it only lasted three months. Hopefully it’ll last longer at the new venue with more support.

Talking about support, it was nice to see so many people supporting Mardi Gras this year even though we all got a bit wet.

After 15 years of marching in the Parade, I opted out this year and just attended the party. Thank God, otherwise I would have looked like a drowned rodent! Prada and I got a bit moist though over a couple of hot flashers.

We had a fabulous time at the party, rubbing elbows (amongst other appendages) with celebrities and seeing Kylie perform again. Even with the large crowd and lining up — which I can’t stand (don’t these people know who I am?) — I was very happy to stay out all night for once and experience everything the party had to offer. It was especially great to see so many old friends in the Parade while I watched it online during my three-day recovery.

Wow, technical advances confuse me. I wonder how this old girl will survive on Queer Out West this year. March 26 will see QOW89.3FM move into its new 89.3FM studio.

In its 10th year broadcasting to the LGBTI community, we are welcoming new presenters and segments. This will bring a fresh new look and personality to the show and I look forward to another 10 years of your love and support.

DRAG GOSSIP

After making a name for himself at retirement homes and the RSL circuit, which former westy diva has yodelled her way into the hearts of the judges of a televised talent show, getting through to the live broadcast? Keep your ears open (or blocked) in May.

Curses! Which larger-than-life seamstress is losing friends faster than he made them? Making a name for himself for all the wrong reasons, being critical and arrogant will not make you popular. My advice to you is, people in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones!

Until next time, stay gorgeous! BB xxx

INFO: www.beverlybuttercup.com www.queeroutwest.com www.mardigrastv.org.au

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