Two more local drag icons have been immortalised in the Sportsman Hotel’s Queensland Drag Hall of Fame.
Local legends Betty Nature and Trixie Onassis (pictured, left to right) were both inducted into the Hall of Fame in front of a huge crowd at a ceremony at the venue on Australia Day Eve.
Host Vollie LaVont said the two seasoned performers had contributed so much to the community over decades of entertaining and charity work.
Trixie Onassis got her big break in drag on the Gold Coast and in the years since has performed locally, nationally and overseas.
“I started out at the Meeting Place nightclub on the Gold Coast,” she said.
“Loretta and I were the resident drag queens there for 25 years. Tonight MP’s is opening again for the first time in 7 years and I wish them all the best.
“Thank you to the Sportsman Hotel, you’ve been such a wonderful support during my career.”
Betty Nature is well-known as the MC and driving force behind the long-running CWC Cabaret, a fundraiser for people living with HIV that has been held for 28 years and counting.
“CWC started out as a group of volunteers who were raising money in the late 80s and early 90s for people living with HIV/AIDS. They were really hard times,” she said.
“I got involved initially as a performer. From there, I slowly got more involved in the organising of the event.
“The Sportsman Hotel do a fantastic job in supporting the CWC and the fundraising we do for Queensland Positive People.”
Betty said she’ll be hosting the next CWC event at the venue in June this year.
The Queensland Drag Hall of Fame began at the Sportsman Hotel in January last year with the announcement of the first four distinguished drag icons: Miss Synthetique, Dame Sybil Von Thorndyke, Dame Liz Taylor, and Wanda D’Parke.
Portraits of all of the performers will take pride of place in the Lounge Bar of the Sportsman Hotel at 130 Leichhardt Street in Spring Hill, Brisbane.