Whilst away on vacation, my good friend the Dame Courtney called with sad news. A lovely acquaintance and fellow queen,Dame Glenda, passed on, known throughout Pennsylvania for her Benevolence and huge heart, word traveled quickly that Dame Glenda passed last Wednesday August 22 after a lengthy illness and courageous fight with diabetes. She had been in the hospital the last few days, a stay that ended with a fatal stroke. Born April 6, 1957, Glen Wagner is known throughout the state for her many and many volunteer fundraising efforts for many good causes, including HIV prevention and treatment, Central PA Pride Festival, and children’s funds, among other endeavors. There was never a moment that a recall she said no to doing a show, and she has raised hundreds upon hundreds of thousands of dollars for the good! She gave her all. Always giving smiles and warmth to all in the clubs. She cared. She mentored and taught, and brought out the best in all us queens. No matter what, Glenda stood in the wings waiting to mount her shows, some years ten shows, other years six shows, and on top of that also producing fund raisers for other worthy community causes. Glenda's example to us all is one of open arms, no judgments and a loyalty to always giving back. I can remember being just out for the first time in the clubs, a young twinkie, and she, along with my dear older sister and good friend Mame, welcomed me quickly and made me feel much more comfortable. Before I knew it I was having the time of my life! And in her routines she was queen of the cart wheels, generally bringing down the house with several. Friends and others are hosting a memorial fundraiser Sun., Sept. 1, 9 p.m. at Liquid 891 called “It’s Time to Give Back to Her”. The community at-large is invited to attend and participate.
Dame Glenda- you keep on doing those cart wheels in the sky girl.