15 August 2014

Having Pride in Sydney Showgirls

Recently I went to the Pollys 50th anniversary dance and show at the Roundhouse, which was the most wonderful celebration of Pollys, the longest running gay social club in the world. I love it as it’s my chance to catch up with my sister showgirls from way back in the day, who I only get to see at these dances and naturally we all end up round one table to share our gossip and the what’s what of the moment.
After a few ‘well in our day’ kind of stories the conversation dipped into what’s happening now, and I was delighted to hear just how much the old girls had an eye on the current scene. One of my girlfriends turned to me and said “come on Colleen you know what’s happening – anything bona (good) we should know about”.

Well yes I began; just in the last few weeks around the Pride weekend, Sydney drag was punching well above its weight on a global stage.  Courtney Act, who has recently moved into a whole new drag queen stratosphere, was on a float in the New York Pride Parade.  I told the girls all about Courtney’s fame ride,  being a contestant on Logo TV’s RuPaul Drag Race and how she did so well to win third place and gave those US queens a little taste of the Sydney drag experience.  Following the Parade she was one of the headline acts at The Official NYC Logo TV Pride Party, along with a few of her sister drag race finalists, hosted by Michelle Visage at the Broadway Liberty Theatre. “It’s all on You-Tube girls, go vada (look) the Courtney Act Channel” I told them.

How Kitty Glitter, who has become the world’s hottest drag DJ, was the final DJ of the day at the World Pride 14 Toronto T-Dance along with some of the world’s biggest gay DJ’s.  Playing a City’s Pride Parade after party is big business but to play following a World Pride Parade of some 12,000 marchers in the massive Dundas Square, Toronto’s biggest public space was something else. Everyone screamed in delight acknowledging just how well Kitty is doing, always decked in the finest drag and a great ambassador of the Sydney showgirl scene. “I’ve got one of her free podcasts, there fantabulosa one of the girls screamed!”