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Sydney's Iconic House Of Priscilla celebrates 18 years of trading

It took one amazing queen with a sewing machine and a dream to come up with one of the world's leading LGBTQI businesses. Chelsea Bunn took to Oxford Street, Sydney's "Golden Gay Mile" over 18 years ago and not only serviced (!) all of the queens in town but made costumes for dance schools, eisteddfods and more.

You can see House of Priscilla on TV with stars like Kathy Griffin, Cyndi Lauper, and a long list of A-List celebs and more mincing through the door and up that staircase to a Willy Wonka style shop of imagination and glitter.

Headwear, corsets, makeup, eyelashes and a staff you could just lick like a lolly pop, it's a show queen's dream come to life.

Big props to Chelsea and all that have supported her - if you ever find yourself in Sydney, the House of Priscilla is the first stop you want to make. Buy a little or a lot... you will find everything you need there to make your life FANTABULOUS!

Congrats CB!!! you and your team are fabulous.

 

CYNTHIA GERMANOTTA, LADY GAGA’S MOTHER AND CO-FOUNDER OF BORN THIS WAY FOUNDATION, TO BE HONOURED AT WORLD OUTGAMES MIAMI OPENING CEREMONIES ON MAY 27

World OutGames Miami is thrilled to announce that Cynthia Germanotta - president of Born This Way Foundation which she co-founded with her daughter Lady Gaga - will receive the Champion Award presented by the University of Miami Health System! This award will be given to her during the Opening Ceremonies. 

Produced by Jack Nolan and award-winning The Impression Group South, the Opening Ceremonies will wow audiences featuring performances by Kristine W, Tito Puente Jr., David Hernandez and a special performance by EnVee. Plus, Egyptian-Canadian actor, model and activist Omar Sharif Jr. will serve as the evening's special guest master of ceremonies. 

Opening Ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 27, at 7 p.m. at The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater. Limited tickets start at $33.00 USD and are available for friends and supports of registered participants.

COMMUNITIES UNITE AND MY BABY HITS DOUBLE DIGITS?

The community will come together next week for IDAHOT celebrations and for the second time in its history the Parramatta City Council will fly the rainbow flag. The council will raise the flag at Centenary Square in Parramatta on Wednesday 17 May to mark the International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia. the Parramatta Queer Forum (PQF) will be hosting an information stall in front of the Town Hall from 11.30am to 2pm, supported by PFLAG, ACON, PCC, NSW POLICE, Headspace and Twenty10, So come along and witness history and take a moment to reflect on how important IDAHOT is.

Speaking of fabulous – two years on and going strong, 'Turbo Trivia'  at  Campbelltown RSL is on Friday the 26 May, and is held on the LAST Friday of every month. Also at Campbelltown RSL on the 2nd Friday of every Month is Naughty Numbers – Bingo with a Twist. Both nights starting at 7pm with hostess LayDee KinMee and concluding with a live performance at 9pm by my very talented daughter. All of this in a fabulous gay-friendly environment and it’s FREE to play with$150 in club vouchers to be won on both nights. Drags to Bitches will also return to the RSL for 6th  time on 24 June but be quick it will sell out it always does  For more info :  www.campbelltownrsl.com.au

The following weekend on the 3rd of June Heaven will Celebrate Our 10th Birthday Party & Haven Charity Night at The Mounties Bowling Club, Fairfield From 6:30pm-12:30am.Shows at 8, 9 & 10 pm with Dj Shaft on the decks and an array of Special guest performers AND it's only $15 entry on the door with All proceeds from the night going directly to The Western Suburbs Haven Inc. I hope to see you at Heaven to celebrate it’s first double-digit birthday (10 years) and giving back to the community. We a Heaven Social Dance have raised well over $18,210 for charity since first starting in 2007 + We raised over $7, 863 dollars going to Acon & Western Suburbs Haven Inc in the 4 years of running Kaleidoscope Social Dance, that is a total of $26,073 (As Of March 2017) We hope to make it $30,000 by the end of year with your help that was my dream goal 10 years ago and I’m hoping  it will come true this year ..  So come early for dinner (from 6pm) and catch up with friends and have chat before the shows that start at 8pm.  For Info : www.heavensocialdance.com

Wow - Congratulations to LayDee KinMee She will make her way overseas to Vienna for a week to Represent Australia at EUROpride in Vienna at the Rainbow Island Party on the 9 June and will team up with Conchita Wurst & Courtney Act ... I am so proud of my little girl she's all grown up NOW :)

OMG how time flies it will be soon time to plan for the June long weekend when the GLBTQI Community take over the Blue mountains with something for everybody from exhibitions to dance party to a ball and it all starring on Friday with BentART. BentART is an annual exhibition held on the long weekend in June at Wentworth Falls.  The annual event attracts approximately 60 artists and over 150 works of art and is visited by hundreds of people over the weekend from Friday night the 9th of June at 6:30pm ( Opening ) til  Monday the 12th of June. Will be open to the public on Saturday & Sunday from 10am-5pm, + Monday between 10am-2pm only. For more info :  www.bentart.com.au

Here are a few things to pop in the Diary…

On Saturday The 10th June, The three sisters social group will  be holding their 36th Annual " Disco - Dance Party " at the Blackheath Community Centre from 715pm - 12:15am.  Entry  $25 + There will also be a performance of the fabulous GAYNOR TENSION  & Madani Trani in '' Divas Las Vegas". Take it from me be there early if you want to get a  table as it's the biggest event of the year in the mountains with over  400 people packing the community centre.  Following this is the 36th Annual queen's ball  - '' Fabulous Fifties '' on Sunday 11th  June at the Fairmont Hotel, Leura  … $140  OMG the ball will sold out completely.  For more Info:  82300889 or www.threesisterssocial.asn.au

DRAG GOSSIP: It's been two years since she CLUTCHed her ham bag and left a very successful production show to launch her own show two years later !! But is it slowly catching up to the successful Drags to Bitches production shows that have sold out over 30 shows in the last 3 years at venues across Sydney & Canberra !! ..  And with the cold weather just around the corner and a lack of work  and venues .. it seems a lot of drag queens are rushing to enter talent quest " RGT #3 " but who will make it through the three-month ordeal to win a $1000 what a fabulous idea free entertainment for three months From 11Aug - 24Nov NOW that's what I call a marathon talent quest !! only time will tell gorgeous. Sometimes it's just so hard keeping up with gossip and recently so much is going around. So if you have any gossip email me or message me -  Totally confidential gorgeous!!!

Until next time ( 14June17)

Be Safe & Gorgeous, BB   

www.beverlybuttercup.com

 

Nelly Furtado headlines Sunday finale of NYC's Pride Island

The chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter, Nelly Furtado, touches down to close out Sunday’s Pride Island on June 25, 2017. 

Gaining steam in the year 2000 with her debut album, Whoa, Nelly!, the Portuguese-Canadian singer hasn’t slowed down since. Furtado’s spell-bounding solo hits such as “I’m Like a Bird,” “Turn off the Light” and “Say It Right” are impressed in the history of pop music. Her collaborative pop smashes with Timbaland for “Promiscuous” and “Give It to Me” featuring Justin Timberlake, will move the crowd for Sunday’s dynamic closing. 

With a career that spans two decades, five albums under her belt, and more than 16 million records sold worldwide, 

Nelly Furtado is back in the limelight. Her recent studio album, The Ride, is a bold comeback project taking fans along a spectacular ride with her. And that ride is scheduled to make quite a landing at Pride Island. 

“Pride Island was created to celebrate the heart of our community with each day representing a different musical sound,” said Jose Ramos, Pride Island Director. “Nelly Furtado closing out our three-day experience will be one for the record books.” 

Pride Island is a three-day cultural experience featuring vocal powerhouses Deborah Cox and Patti LaBelle on Friday and indie pop duo Tegan and Sara and British electronica trio, Years & Years, on Saturday. Rounding out Saturday, Róisín Murphy, Gallant, Dimitri from Paris, and Occupy The Disco are scheduled to perform. Chus & Ceballos, Cindel, and Scott Martin will join Nelly Furtado for Sunday’s finale. 

Furtado joins a star-studded list of Sunday performers that include Cher, Whitney Houston, Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Ariana Grande. 

Tickets for Pride Island are now on sale. For more information about Pride Island or to purchase tickets, visit: nycpride.org

NYC PRIDE announce their grand marshals for 2017's March

NYC Pride announced today its four Grand Marshals scheduled to lead the 48th NYC Pride March on Sunday, June 25, 2017. The American Civil Liberties Union, Brooke Guinan, Krishna Stone, and Geng Le will lead this year’s critical demonstration of LGBT Pride and protest. 

ACLU Logo● The American Civil Liberties Union has been the United States’ uncompromising defender of individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution for nearly 100 years. The ACLU brought its first LGBT rights case in 1936, brought the first case seeking the freedom to marry for same-sex couples in 1970, litigated the Supreme Court cases that took down the Defense of Marriage Act that won marriage equality nationwide, and represented transgender student Gavin Grimm before the Supreme Court. 

Brooke Guinan Photo by New York Daily NewsBrooke Guinan is a 29-year-old trans woman; an advocate, civil servant, firefighter, and native New Yorker. Guinan has been honored by the New York City Comptroller’s office, the Public Advocate’s office, the Metropolitan Community Church of New York, and the FDNY for her service to the LGBTQ community. 

Krishna Stone 2Krishna Stone is the Director of Community Relations at Gay Men’s Health Crisis (GMHC). She originally connected with GMHC in 1986 as a walker in the first annual AIDS Walk New York and became a staff member in 1993. In 2014, Stone received an award from the NYC Health Department for outstanding dedication to combating the spread of HIV. 

Geng LeGeng Le is a leader in the burgeoning movement for LGBT equality in the People’s Republic of China. Geng set up one of the earliest gay social websites in China—Danlan.org in 2002. In 2012, he created Blued—a gay men social networking app after quitting his job working as a policeman for 16 years. On World AIDS Day 2016, Geng donated 1 million RMB to China AIDS Fund to support Chinese non-governmental organizations for HIV prevention. 

“In the social and political turmoil brought by the current Administration, the ACLU, Brooke, Krishna, and Geng represent the components of what will ultimately be a successful resistance movement,” said Julian Sanjivan, NYC Pride March Director. “Our 2017 Grand Marshals are a snapshot of the numerous organizations, individuals, and philanthropists that will lead us through this unprecedented time in our nation.” 

The 48th NYC Pride March will kick off at noon on June 25, at 5th Avenue and 36th Street in Manhattan. The route proceeds through Midtown on 5th Avenue and ends at Christopher and Greenwich Streets. 

NYC Pride’s 2017 theme, “We Are Proud,” speaks to the LGBT community’s unwavering ability to rise and be proud, even while under attack by a hostile political environment. 

Registration for the 2017 NYC Pride March is open until May 16, 2017 at www.nycpride.org. 

DISCO FEVER TIME

OMG ... So much as happened in the last four weeks, where will I start ?  OMG So much happened, Heaven's first two dance's at our NEW club Mounties Bowling Club, Fairfield has been bigger & better than what I expected with hundreds of people turning out making the first two dance's for this year a huge success and my 50th birthday party went off with a bang on 18th March with my friends & family donating money on the night a $1000 dollars was given Twenty10 .  Thank you so much for your support ..And BIG Congratulations to LayDee KinMee and the cast of Drags to Bitches for being nominated for the third time for (Production Show of the year) at the 19th ACE Awards Tuesday (11April) night and looking fabulous making mommy proud to think in three years you've sold out 30 shows a cross Sydney get ready campbelltown RSL they coming back for the fifth time this show will sell out 24 June Getting early or you will miss out www.dragentertainment.com

NOW we will celebrate the Easter weekend and recover from overdosing  on chocolate .  And the school holidays  are here YUCK !!!

We can NOW get excited about a brand new night coming to Western Sydney.  If the first one is a huge success on 29th April it will return as regular event in Western Sydney with Amanda Honey presenting RED RAW Parties "Women in Uniform" night for our friends around Penrith and surrounding suburbs. .. They hope you'll  come dressed in uniform but of course its not compulsory. The resident Dj Ruby Red will be bringing you the classic dance hits of the 70's 80's 90's + A special guest Dj T.B.A  from 7pm-12am at The Peachy Penarth , 54 Peachtree Rd , Tickets $15..  A wonderful night of sensational music aimed at women and their gay friendly friends (that means no one at all is excluded, straight, male, female, non binary, fluid, trans, etc etc) and come have some fun. If you're smiling, you're in! If you're affecting our enjoyment you're out - simple.

And then its DISCO TIME - The Polly's Club presenting Disco Fever ! return to the 70's with The Polly's in their glittery new show at The Marrickville Town Hall , 303 Marrickville Rd, on 06th May From 7pm - 12am  $25 www.thepollysclub.com.au

A quick reminder most social events are not-for-profit organizations which organize social events in the community to provide a safe place for the GLBTI community, to socialize and raise a little bit of money along the way for great organizations in the gay community.  So if you have the opportunity get out and check out social events like : Heaven Social Dance , The Polly’s Club , Unity Wollongong  & The Three Sisters Social Group in Blue Mountains ... Because they might just become a  memory like all the other fabulous nights that have come and gone in our community. so people need to make more of an effort .

And we must not forget the venues that support the LGBTQ  Community in western Sydney put on nights like trivia and bingo and provide fabulous free live entertainment there is something for everyone to do in western Sydney  

DRAG GOSSIP ;  On .. OFF... And NOW!?  It's on again take 2, rumours has it V-Bar is returning to a new club and on a NEW  night '' Saturday ", I believe at  Merrylands Bowling Club, date to be confirmed next month, who will the designated charity be and how long will this one last ??  Fingers crossed it lasts longer than last time, so much is happening in Western Sydney and I love to get out to other social events in Western Sydney.  That will make two new social events taking place in the West on a regular basis, how fabulous  =  That will be a total of 4 ongoing events in Western Sydney, it's all happening.

 

Until next time (10th May) Stay gorgeous! luv  Buttercup xxx     www.beverlybuttercup.com  

 

Mardi Gras honours volunteers and participants at annual awards

The annual Mardi Gras season in Sydney may be over, but the hard work and dedication of the thousands of volunteers and participants were acknowledged yesterday at a stunning ceremony at the Star City Sky Terrace.

Fair Day, Parade and Volunteers were acknowledged across the board with so many people coming together to create what has been an incredibly successful season. However, some stood out and were given awards for their outstanding contribution to the events.

The winners were:

FAIR DAY AWARDS

Best Commercial Food Stall: Berlin Bangers

Best Commercial Stall: University of Sydney

Best Community Stall: The Gender Centre

Special Commendations:

Pink Mountains

Rainbow Store

Rainbow Families

Fair Day Stall of the Year: Uniting

 

PARADE AWARDS
Best Choreography: Glamcocks

Ron Muncaster Award for Best Costume: The Force of Love

Best Float Design: Poof Doof

Best Individual or Small Group: Wonder Mama and Friends

Special Commendations:

Northern Territory Hepititis and AIDS Council/Departure Lounge

Sydney Rangers

Sydney Queer Irish

Sydney Trans Pride

The Ron Austin Award for Fabulous Parade Entry: Oceania Rainbow Network

 

WORKFORCE AWARDS


Award for Excellence in Innovation: This award goes to the person whose innovative thinking solved problems and provided new ways of working that contributed to the overall success of an event. This year’s Award for Excellence in Innovation goes to Alan O’Riordan and Rick Stone.

Award for Excellence in Leadership. This award goes to the person whose behavior, attitude and performance demonstrated the qualities of teamwork, initiative and professionalism. This year’s Award for Excellence in Leadership goes to Kim Williams.

Award for Excellence in Service: This award goes to the person whose work throughout the season was diligent, reliable and selfless – someone that has gone above and beyond. This year’s Award for Excellence in Service goes to Adrian Hinder.

Award for Excellence in Teamwork: This award goes to the person who displayed a high level of cooperation, collaboration and team spirit in order to achieve excellent outcomes for everyone. This year’s Award for Excellence in Teamwork goes to Louis Hudson.

ICARE award: This award goes to the person whose conduct and attitude embody the organisation values of integrity, creativity, accountability, respect and equity. This year’s ICARE award goes to Laura Fazzolari.

Volunteer of the Year: This award is given to the most outstanding volunteer of the season. He’s been volunteering for 17 years, and has been the registrations manager for the last 10 years. The recipient of this award has shown leadership, teamwork and innovation, embodying every one of the organisation’s values. In the nominations he was described as an all-in-caps ‘SUPERSTAR’! 2017’s Mardi Gras Volunteer of the Year is Daniel Lester.

 

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Lifetime Achievement Award recognises an individual or individuals who have provided outstanding service over many years to SGLMG and the community. They may have served on a Board, volunteered or worked for or have been engaged by Mardi Gras and provided consistent service and made a significant contribution over many years. They are always ready and willing to support the organisation and have demonstrated our values, leadership and have been a role model and fine example to others.

This year we honour one recipient who is worthy of this recognition and Award. Her stunning photography across every Mardi Gras season for 15 years has truly captured the diversity, fabulousity, pride and passion of our festival. The scale of what she achieves in documenting our communities – our highs and lows, triumphs and disasters – is immense. A simple Google search of her name + Mardi Gras provides links to 13,200 search results!

Our Lifetime Achievement Award for 2017 is awarded to Ann-Marie Calilhanna.

 

 Congratulations to all the nominees, winners and participants.

 

You can join the official MArdi Gras group on Guidetogay.com here.

RuPaul announces he is married - to an Aussie

After years of being together, icon RuPaul and his Aussie rancher have finally tied the knot.

“We never wanted to do it,” Ru added. “We were looking into for tax breaks and for financial things.”


Australian's still live under a repressive and unequal system where their relationships are not recognised, so join the campaign for equality http://www.equalitycampaign.org.au/


Check out his big RuVeal in the clip below.

FIFTY: THE ULTIMATE F-WORD!

So Mardi Gras has come and gone…  after 16 times marching in the parade, I made the decision, after well-made plans backfired on me (and being the lazy old Queen I am) to finally front up to the parade and party as… you guessed it – a boy!


I decided for the third time in 25 years of being a drag queen that enough was enough. Was I scared? You bet. But boy was I mistaken. I have mixed feelings about Mardi Gras as I didn't see much of the parade because I avoided the rain lol .. Then off to the party I went. The Veronica's were pretty good but the rest of the entertainment was a little average and what happened to the two girls that was supposed to perform ?? I ended up leaving at 4am  and was in bed by 6,that's an early night! Maybe it's a case of me just being a little bit old and my legs started to kill me and let's not talk about Lola and Danger's feet so glad i did not walk in the parade. I actually enjoyed myself a little bit more just as a boy. Over 10,000 performers took part in the parade to help celebrate 39 years of Mardi Gras…the best night ever at a MG party... I hope you all had a blast too!

This month I celebrate 25 years of doing drag, meaning I'm “technically” 50 years young! OMG it's my birthday  - the big five 0  in March = ''YUCK"… That means i will reduce my responsibilities and push it onto my drag daughters and other high-profile queens in the community.

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. Even knowing what goes into a social night – I couldn’t imagine running a full time venue – but many have tried and I congratulate them. Our increasing patronage at the HEAVEN SOCIAL DANCE  in Western Sydney means we made the right decision to move to a new club with the first dance in February being a huge success. I am really looking forward to the second dance on the 1st April at Mounties Bowling Club Fairfield from 6:30pm - 12:30 , Entry $10 , Shows 9:30 & 10:30 With PopUp Drag Upsize  Hosted By LayDee KinMee ,  If you want to take part in our pop-up drag  – please register with LayDee, before April So you can be in the run for cash prizes (Valued $200).  For more information go to our website (Click on What's On)  www.heavensocialdance.com 

Newsflash !!  V-Bar  at the Coolibah Hotel,  Merrylands. Brought to by Victoria A Bitch '' CANCELLED ''  after its very first dance on 20 January. The announcement was made two days before the second dance in February by co-ordinator Victoria A Bitch as post: (Due to very little interest in v bar a verdict has been made and will be closing its doors in February . It was one of the hardest things to do. But firstly i must find myself again and i am shattered and in tears whilst i write this)  ... It's very sad to hear that you've given up after only one dance, but I hope you find yourself ok gorgeous. When we first started Heaven Social Dance for the first year we were only getting 60  people and you need to get performers which will do it for a few dances for nothing and then pay them when you get busier but I totally understand where you're coming from there is a lot of stress involved and a lot of costs going to running an event like this we are so lucky that we have the support of our venue that do not charge us room Hire, we only have the cost of Dj & a small entertainment budget. Maybe someone else might step up and take over running it because I really believe two nights in Western Sydney would work.. but in saying that I Want to wish you all the best in the future with whatever you choose to do that makes you happy :Bx

In other exciting news, free events & entertainment in Western Sydney include:


TURBO TRIVIA - you ain't never seen trivia quite like this. Trivia nights hosted by  fabulous Drag Queens AND it's Free to play. The various venues have excellent kitchens, so brings your mates and family for a fun night out. 
Tuesdays - Parramatta RSL 7pm With Portia Turbo (Millennia Alcox covering in March). Tuesdays - Penrith Hotel, 7pm With LayDee KinMee . Wednesdays - Mounties Triglav Club (in St John’s Park) 6:30pm With LayDee KinMee.
Thursdays - Kings Park Tavern (Blacktown area). 7pm With Portia Turbo (LayDee KinMee covering in March)
Sundays - Austral Bowling Club (Liverpool Area)  6pm With Portia Turbo (Millennia Alcoz covering in March). 
Fridays (last of every month only) Campbelltown RSL 7pm with LayDee KinMee

ALSO starting on the second Friday of every month (THIS WEEK) at Campbelltown RSL 0n the 10MAR & 14APR is Naughty Numbers“BINGO with twist”  from 7pm With LayDee KinMee.  This is also FREE to play, and she’ll be giving away various prizes as well as $150 in club vouchers.

SHOWTIME at The Richards On The Park , Canley Vale is still on the third Saturday of every month From 9pm-1am ( 18MAR & 15 APR) with (drag) shows at 10 , 11 & 12 (or DragTime ) it's A Free night also, but I hear numbers have dropped significantly gorgeous, so this could be another night that gets the chop! Oh well, what goes around comes around, KARMA is a bitch.

Stay gorgeous! luv 

Buttercup xxx     www.beverlybuttercup.com  

NYC Pride Unveils 'We Are Proud' Theme

“This year’s theme speaks to the striking nature of the human race to stand in commonality and be accounted for in moments of thrilling victory and tumultuous times,” said Maryanne Roberto Fine, NYC Pride Co-Chair.


NYC Pride is thrilled to announce 2017’s official theme, “We Are Proud.” This year's theme pays honor to our diverse community of LGBT people and the progress made for LGBT rights. “We Are Proud” similarly recognizes the continued battle for freedom and liberty amidst the existing political climate in the United States and abroad.

“We are the ever-evolving LGBTQ community and the tireless work of women and people of color. We are the valiant immigrants and refugees who found places to call home in America and around the globe. We are an undaunted community with disabilities and we are the rising youth and wise elders of yesteryear. We are etched into the very fabric of American history. And we are proud of it,” said Roberto Fine.

The 2017 NYC Pride week will take place from June 16 to June 25. This year’s roster will include the March, Rally, PrideFest, OutCinema, Teaze and a new multi-day cultural experience on Pier 26.

Guidetogay.com is a proud platinum media partner of the 2017 events.

Join the official NYC Pride/GTG Group here.

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