It is with said new last week I received from a drag friend, the passing and sudden death of the stunning and fabulous queen, Cherry Valentine, who was the creation of George Ward...gone all too soon at 28. I became familiar with Cherry on her online virtual shows during the pandemic, and we got to DM-ing and emailing back and forth a lot during that time, and I was thrilled when she got on to Season 1 of Drag Race UK, where the show there is known for its glamour, camp and hilarity, three things Cherry possessed. But Cherry behind the scenes, was very open with the way she talked about her own experiences. She shared her difficulties growing up LGBT and giving a voice to a subject and people that many may not know about. She worked with many youth LGBT charities and spoke strongly about the importance of mental health, having qualified as a mental health nurse during the pandemic, before venturing into the world of drag. She often said drag was a "lifeline" during the Covid pandemic in which she was involved in the whole vaccine, and later the booster effort. She even popped in here many times to check out my drag posts, you may have caught her. Like so many queens, she too touched lives of so many who like myself, am in complete shock. Her performances on stage and her style were inspiring and leaving us in awe.
See you in Fabulon Cherry