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A packed house at The Venue, a room full of mixed feelings, the strongest one was that of love. All these people came to pay tribute to a good friend of mine, Edwin Sumun…and to say goodbye to his better half, SHELAH! This iconic Glamazonian Drag Queen was retiring, and this night was going to be SHELAH!’s last public performance (NB: SHELAH! is available for private events/functions. Contact details: Facebook and Tumblr).

Although i could sense the sadness in the air, there were also feelings of pride, respect, admiration and love. I was buzzing ‘picking up’ all these sensations and could not sit still! I was not the only one; the energy buzzing around the space was contagious: everyone was lively, laughing, cheering, clapping, crying, and dancing! Equipped only with my iPhone (which unfortunately meant that many of the photos did not turn out clear, or had weird looking zombie eyes! sorry, peeps! I know, time for a proper camera!), i tried to capture what i could of the smiles and joys of the night.

SHELAH’s ballad into disco version of If Only For One Night (Luther Vandross)…blending into One Night Only (by Dreamgirls)…sent the audience wild with exuberance! Other favorites were Soon As i Get Home, I Will Survive, and the encore song On A Night Like This which solicited an uproar of cheers and tears at the end of it.

I LOVE IT whenever i have the opportunity to witness the capacity of people to respect others, to care enough, to love enough. Straight, gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender…we were all together under one roof, to celebrate, sing, dance, laugh, live and love. That’s what life is all about, isn’t it? To be happy and love who you are, love others for who they are, love what you do.

I crawled into bed exhausted but a happy bunny 🙂  It had been a fabulous show, many smiling faces, charming friendly people, and oh so many wonderful hugs & kisses!

Muchas gracias Dano for my wine and B52, Jean-Michel P for keeping my glass topped up, Luke H for my vodka, Peter K for my champagne, and Josh (of Circus @ Pavillion) for the Lemon Drops! And Thank You Edwin/Shelah for the wonderful YOU that you are. X

“Faith without love can wear out your soul. So believe in love and humankind before the last bell tolls” – Shelah!

*You may also like The Irony Of Love 🙂