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Well,  celebrated it’s 10th year on the 3rd of June with a BIG Birthday Party and Charity Night! We raised $3,003.10 on the night for The Western Suburbs Haven Inc and had over 150 people attend the night. It just gets better and better and every dance...
THAT'S A TOTAL OF $ 21,213.10 over the years. My thank you’s are endless.

Firstly to Laydee Kinmee who organized the entertainment and the raffle, the performers Fifi Fo'Fum, Pomara Fifth, April Fools , Danger Del Rey, Melicious Damage, Damien Mancell, CoCo Foxx, Lola DelArte & Felicity Frockaccino.

The performances were brilliant and we appreciate the time you all donated.
Thank you to the people who assisted us on the night Ophelia Shaft for the music, George for the videos, Rob Manser & Ego Media for photos, Cliff for the t-shirts, setting up and pulling it all apart, Louise, John and anybody we may have overlooked.

Thank you to the people who donated the raffle prizes Mr X Adult Lifestyle Fairfield, Bowlerama Wetherill Park, The Dragmaker, Rhonda and Rita, Darryle and also a huge thank you to Mounties Bowling Club.

Also a big special thank you to Ian Stumbles, Greg (aka Gracie Lou) and Ann-Marie Calihanna and Star Observer for their ongoing support and also a huge thank you to all the people who attended and made it a brilliant and exciting Birthday and Charity event.

We look forward to seeing you all at our next dance on Saturday 5th August.

www.heavensocialdance.com

It's now that time when everybody is recovering from the Queen's Birthday Dance Party & Ball in The Blue Mountains that was a huge success; it gets bigger and bigger every year! So if you missed out this year, mark it in your diary and plan for next year...

It's also that time of the year also when we come together for the Sydney PRIDE festival which runs from the 09th - 28th June for more info : www.sydneypride.org

WOW ... After 5 SELL OUT SHOWS at Campbelltown RSL, they’re back AGAIN!!! Drags To Bitches on the 24th June and it will sell out so be quick (only 3 tables left). So come and join us as we celebrate all that is DRAG and those fabulous BITCHES we all know and love. For more info : www.dragentertainment.com

On the 8th of July The Polly's Club will celebrate 53 years as a major part of Sydney LGBTIQ scene. They will be presenting '' The Farmer Wants A DRAG QUEEN '' Show. The show is produced by Sue Ellen and The Pollys cast and she has been working her butt off at rehearsals I believe, So Come on DOWNTOWN (where all the lights are bright) and we will be waiting for you at Marrickville Town Hall at Polly's Birthday Party 7pm -12am , $25.00 at the door and I will be giving wrist bands, The rest of the Housewives will be there to entertain you as well. Fabulous Hampers and prizes to be won. www.thepollysclub.com.au

 

draggossip

Heaven has locked in their dates for 2018. What will change in 2018? It is so great that the committee and I get to keep it running the night for the GLBTQI community of the west to have somewhere to hang out!! Now let's Talk about show me the MONEY!! Which Western Sydney drag queen is being sued and might just end up in court !? 

The poor luv does everything right by people and she is having one pulled over her.

Hopefully her solicitors can help her out and save her from the stress of the courtroom – though, I would love to see the look on the judges face when she walks in….lol Until next time (13th July 2017)

Be Safe & Gorgeous,

BB

www.beverlybuttercup.com

 

Dancing in the moonlight with Damien Mancell

How are you?… and where are you ?
I’m at home in Sydney , finishing off some music . Im really good by the way…


Tell us about the new single “Moonlight” ?
“Moonlight” was written about a big night out in Sydney. its semi autobiographical. I wrote the words on a napkin in a club one night and sang them into my phone. Then I created the idea with my collaborator Steve Mellare, and we just crafted the song very quickly. I was so happy with it , i knew it had to be a single. It was the final track written for the album, along with another song “Roll The Dice”, which sounds nothing like “Moonlight”. It's my dance pop moment on the record. 


You’ve got an album in the works, what can you tell us about it?
The album is a long time coming, BUT it is coming in the next few months . I have about 17 songs already to go. The album is very electronic. quite old school dance, massive 90’s influence. I was listening to a lot of Pet Shop Boys and 90’s Rave at the time. Steve (Mellare), my producer is a massive fan of New Order and a lot of electronica. We meet somewhere in the middle. I also love the pop sensibilities of Kylie Minogue, Britney… good pop, well-written pop, so I have a healthy dose of that in there too. I have my collaborations with Chunky Astronaut and a hot feature with a female rapper MZ Sammy G, who slayed her verse in the track “Round N Round”… 


Is there a video planned for “Moonlight”?
yes Im doing it in a week, without giving too much away , think projections, lots of colours in darkness... Moody, sexy... 

 
You have Chunky Astronaut again remixing your track , and also DJ James Tobin. How did that come about?
I always have the “Chunky Man” on a single, as i think he’s awesome, and he delivers kickass remixes. The remix by James Tobin is brilliant. Im a big fan of his work as a remixer and a DJ. He’s an amazing DJ, so I just sent him a request and he said yes. Some remixers have a little ego about doing work, but he was amazingly easy to work with, and he delivered the goods. Its getting good spins in Europe, which is all I can ask for . He’s very talented, and I’m glad Ive got him now before everyone wants him. His remix of Greg Gould is hot. I would love to have him do more remixes. Who knows?


Its a great remix. Who is on your wish list of people to work with?
I would love to work with heaps of people in the dance scene in sydney but I feel its a little closed here with people not wanting to collaborate. I would love to do a track with Mark Loasby again. I would love US DJ corey Craig to do a track with me, because not only is he a friend, but he has amazing dance sensibilities. He knows dance music backwards and is frighteningly talented. DJ Andrew Gibbons from the US as well, because he’s a phenomenal DJ. 


You always have remixes on all your singles, why are they important?
I think Ive always wanted them to show a different side of what i do. I also like to showcase the DJ or remixer. Like Chunky Astronaut have their own following, and to dip into their world is fun. The same with Robot Diaries, they are nuts, but I loved the remixes I had done from them. Mark Loasby remixes are pretty spectacular to. He gets the LGBT dance floor and nails it every time. I was so happy for him when his remix of “shine” (Damien’s 2010 pop hit) went well in gay clubs in some european countries..


Where are the majority of your fanbase based?
mainly use and selected European countries, not much in Oz yet, but I hope to change that. It would be nice to break my homeland. Its good to get support from people like JOY FM, and Queer Radio here though. Im beyond appreciative.


You recently became a target for evangelical groups. What was that about ?
Keyboard warriors with too much time on their hands really. They go after “OUT” artists by flooding their emails , twitter DM’s …etc… with thousands of emails with pro christian stuff. At first it makes you angry but after a while you just get used to it. They have tried to break into my website a couple of hundred times this year. Its annoying, and makes me want to go further to piss them off. Give them something to “really” complain about. 


Do you feel that , as an out LGBT performer , doors close because of your disclosure?
its closed doors in the mainstream, with  major labels saying they don’t know where to “place me”, or they don’t know how to promote me. I think that’s a bit backward, but I see what they are promoting and I may not be bland enough for them. But i do feel that its probably better for me artistically that I get to do what I want. I write and produce myself, I commission my own remixes, I style myself, and do my own visuals. I have complete control on what I do.I love collaboration, and by owning what I do , I get the confidence to work with established people. I’ve had labels try and “straighten” me out over the years to no avail. 


Would you ever play Mardi Gras?
Love totoo... Its on the bucket list. Though Im not sure Im on the MG radar. I've always gone to the party, since 1994, so to even get 5 minutes up there would be a dream. I’ve had my remixes played there before, but as for a live show… sadly no.


Who are you currently listening to?
I love the new STEPS record, I think its one of the strongest records in years. I like the new Goldfrapp, and Im loving a lot of the remixes coming from Britney’s “Glory” album . There are some amazing bootleg mixes out there. 


any message for our readers ?
yeah, thanks for everything , head over to iTunes and grab “Moonlight”, or to any of my socials to keep up to date with my goings on.

Give It To Me Santa ! Ho Ho Ho

Are we just being jolly or talking about the stage acts ? As some of you may know, I have never been one for Christmas. I've never had a real reason to celebrate, and the thought of doing Christmas spots made me cringe... 

 

However, this year the tables have turned and I'm feeling a little excited, just like Big Kev. "A drama free Christmas..."  

 

Hopefully I don't get a sudden heart attack from all the excitement lol. 

 

2016 will see me celebrating Christmas with my son now living with me and doing the whole family thing OMFG. Will it be all turkey and pudding,  or will it just be boring?

 

 

One good thing has come out of this year is that Heaven Social Dance is that we raised over $17,210 dollars since first starting at heaven going to Western Suburbs Haven Inc &  ACON this money will be used to help support and promote the ENDING HIV.

 

I would like to say a big thank you to all performers that supported us this year and Ian Stumbles, Greg aka Grace Lou & LayDee KinMee.

 

Also a big thank to all our regulars that have supported us. Hopefully this will be a sign of things to come and patrons will continue to support Heaven at it's new venue (Mounties Bowling Club - Fairfield) in 2017 so we can continue raising funds for charity and keep giving back and to give Western Sydney queens a place to perform.

 

Heaven social dance will present PopUp Drag Upsize at our by monthly dance's staring on 04 February then following every second month on first Saturday of the month in 2017 

 

Drag Queens and Drag Kings mainly from Western Sydney will be able to come along and pop on stage and WIN SOME CASH!! 

 

www.heavensocialdance.com  

 

By now most people know that Queer Out West 89.3Fm is celebrate 15 years this month on air on the radio and online and will come to an end on 19 December :(   I just want to say a big thank you to everybody that has supported the program of last 15 years.

 

In other good news they might be a new program starting on 16 January 2017 on 89.3fm 10pm-12am on Monday night  Will keep you posted in negotiations NOW for a all NEW program in 2017 (T.B.C) www.893fm.com.au 

 

I'm so EXCITED !!! because I do have travel into the city to celebrate NEW Year's eve this year because "DRAGS TO BITCHES" will present A BRAND NEW specially designed show includes all of your favourite anthems and divas in a 2 hour spectacular so you can Drag In The New Year in ultimate party mode.

 

Party hits including Get This Party Started, Dancing Queen, Nutbush and Firework, as well as chart topping songs from your favourite Divas including Celine Dion, Cher, J-Lo, Tina Turner, Spice Girls & many more! The ALL STAR cast features LayDee KinMee - The Yodelling Drag Queen from Australia's Got Talent, Singing sensations Maureen A'Moans and Ru Bella , Showgirls: Ophelia Shaft , April Fools , Crystal Ball .. along with dancing boys Thomas Lj Peisley ,  Brayden Moise , Corey Wilson and Graham Llewellyn. For the first time ever – party on before and after the show with world renowned Drag DJ Sensation – DJ Feminem.  At  Mounties, 101 Meadows Road, Mount Pritchard  2170 , Tickets  $30 & $35  From 8pm -2am but the club does not close till 6am how FABULOUS !!  Info: www.eventopia.co/event/Drag-in-the-New-Year-DJ-Feminem/336108

 

DRAG GOSSIP

Its official - I am officially DEAD!!  My drag daughter has taken over as entertainment co-ordinator Laydee KinMee at Heaven in 2016/2017.

 

Don't get me started about the Palms West Social Dance which will finish on 10 December (or will it?) with rumours/renaming next year someone new will take it over?

How much did they raise over the year for Twenty10 $$$$ (TBC) ...  hmmm

 

Time will only tell because I sometimes believe people are complacent and may not support everything remember one day they could be gone! 

 

How many will be left in 2017?  

OMG Heaven next year will turn 10 years old holy shit that means I will be 50 :(  

 

OK It will be very interesting to see how many of my drag friends stay my friends in 2017  because I am unable to give them all paid work now. 

 

Until next time (11JAN) gorgeous Merry Christmas and a Gay New Year.  

Be safe.  Love BB   www.beverlybuttercup.com

Israel Announces $US2.7 Million Plan To Advance LGBT Equality

The Israeli government announced Wednesday a nearly $3 million plan to promote equality for the country’s LGBT community.

The plan was approved as part of the 2017-18 budget, and will be divided among the Social Equality, Welfare and Education ministries.

Under the new initiative, the Social Equality ministry will receive $660,000 to create a campaign aimed at combating discrimination, the Welfare ministry will be allotted $400,000 to construct LGBT centers nationwide and the Education ministry will be granted $1.3 million to formulate activities that promote tolerance.

The remainder of the funds will be evenly distributed among various LGBT organizations throughout the country. Some money will also be set aside for the Sheba Medical Center, which oversees a majority of Israel’s gender confirmation surgeries.

“There is no doubt that this is a significant milestone for the gay community in its efforts to achieve equality in Israel,” Aguda Israeli National LGBT Task Force Executive Director Ohad Hizki said. “This is the beginning of a truly good year.”

The move comes at the end of a summer that saw both triumphant moments for the LGBT community (such as the great successes of Tel Aviv Pride and a movement to bring Israeli soldiers and LGBT families together for the High Holy Days) and moments of blatant homophobia (like these religious protests over a gay singer’s performance and the military’s inclusion of LGBT soldiers.)

Hopefully, this new allocation of funds will only help to push Israel toward full acceptance of its LGBT citizens.

h/t: Jewish News Service

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