A Perthshire drag queen is to swap the River Tay for the big city ‘down under’, flying over 9,000 miles to Perth, Australia as she performs to thousands as part of their Pride celebration.
Scarlet Skylar Rae will perform at Pride Western Australia, held in the namesake of her hometown of Perth, Scotland. She’ll take part in a mini tour of the state, with appearances at the official Pride after-party, local scene venues and will be representing Scotland in the Pride march.
She’ll appear onstage with BarbieQ at the oldest gay club in the Southern Hemisphere, ‘Connections’ nightclub, with a number of the events sponsored by local leading LGBT+ businesses ‘The Venue’ and ‘Charlie Taylor’.
She told us:
“I am elated to have the opportunity to perform at Pride Western Australia! I loved the idea of doing a Perth-to-Perth tour with 9,122 miles between the shows and I can’t believe it’s actually happening!”
“I’m really thankful for everyone’s efforts in putting this show together and I cant wait to bring some Scottish drag down under!”
The visit is the first in what the performer hopes will be a new link between the cities, with both organisations responsible for organising Pride locally keen to establish a new ‘Pride twinning’ arrangement.
Perthshire Pride was established in 2018 as part of a community consultation run by Pink Saltire. The charity has since gone from strength to strength, this year attracting over 7,500 people to Perth city centre, boosting visibility of LGBT people and also the local economy, with an estimated boost for businesses over £200,000.
Aria Welsh, board member for Perthshire Pride, and the reigning Miss Transgender UK 2019″ welcomed the link and wished Scarlet well:
“We are all so proud of Scarlet Skylar Rae and are thrilled to be working with Pride Western Australia.”
“Scarlet is a drag queen extraordinaire who graces Perth with her eclectic looks and killer performances. She has made history by not only hosting Perth’s first ever LGBT+ club night, but by continuing to strive for more inclusivity in the city.”
“Not only does she ‘educate the children’ she also reads books to actual children, I am so proud of her to be flying all the way to Australia to host their Pride – I know she’ll kill it!”
“I’m lucky enough to call Scarlet one of my very best friends and so happy that she’s bringing Perthshire Pride to the international scene.”
This year Pride Western Australia celebrates 30 years of activism and protest in the city as well as a huge PrideFEST, bringing together thousands of people who support LGBT+ rights and to celebrate equality for all. The event runs from 2nd to 30th November, with the Pride march on the final day.