New ‘Miss First Nation’ Indigenous Drag Contest For Darwin


A new competition for Indigenous drag queens and sistagirls will be held later this year to celebrate the beauty of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander LGBTI community.

Organiser Ben Graetz, well-known for his drag identity Miss Ellaneous (pictured), said Miss First Nation is a county-wide competition open to all “First Nation divas”.

The contest be held at Darwin’s Departure Lounge venue over five days in late September to coincide with the Darwin Pride Festival. For more information, see the Facebook page.

“I’m just really passionate about making the Indigenous drag community really visible, because it’s really invisible nationally,” Graetz told SBS.

“What’s been so heartwarming for me is to see that there are so many drag and sistagirls out there.

“That just fills me with so much pride, because then I can show the rest of Australia that we are there, and we are fabulous and we are just as good as everyone else, if not better.”

Graetz said gender diverse brotherboys and sistagirls are celebrated within the indigenous LGBTI community and his drag character Miss Ellaneous was particularly popular with Elders.

“The Elders love it, and I just love that we’re able to bring so much joy and happiness to our community, that is sometimes filled with so much grief and sadness and loss. It’s a real celebration,” he told SBS.

Graetz was one of the organisers of the Northern Territory’s float in this year’s Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, which involved 85 Territorians including model Casey Conway and actress Miranda Tapsell.

More than two dozen sistagirls also attended after crowdfunding their trip from the remote Tiwi Islands to their very first Mardi Gras.