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Friday, 10 November 2017

LIP GLOSS: THE LAST NIGHT AT EDEN BAR, BIRMINGHAM


 
We were dressed-up and ready to hit the glossy town in our chosen guises...

Last Friday night, I ameliorated my attire with plain accessories to correspond with the simplicity of my beauty. On the other hand, my sister embraced the demeanour of a glamorous lady with her floor-length turtle neck appliqué gown in striking red. Exquisitely, she finished her aura by pulling back her silky locks and styled in wavy curls. I have to admit that this sensible hairstyle gave more eminence on the heart shape feature of her forehead. 


I was short-fused upon seeing her and didn't hesitate in arresting Miss Dayanara Mesmeize onto the grounds for outcasting my beauty (LOL)! 

Our chauffeur dropped us as at Eden Bar where we were welcomed by the resolutely magnificent Lip Gloss' organisers... 
From Left to Right
Stephen
Miss Tiffany Jones
 Miss Dayanara Mesmeize 
Miss Cassandra Mae Madrigal

The heavy downpour of rain just stopped and petered out to fine drops. What a reviving touch and refreshing sensation given freely by Mother Nature and this was only interrupted when the pre-arranged taxi showed up. Then, we were driven to a Victoria inspired corner building at 116 Sherlock Street, Birmingham. It was a 2-storey refurbished establishment and on entering there was a relaxingly straightforward floor plan. For instance, the small-scale dance floor on the left side had a DJ booth; the inviting couch corner for the legs of binge drinkers; the slightly conspicuous beer joint bar in the middle because of the sheathed pillar; the fantastic outdoor area with airy garden connecting to the vaporous (smoking) site and an indoor game pool zone which was next to the lavatories. Wait a minute, there was an appended double door push bar, too! It was the egress leading to the marquee's domain with an elegant decorated ceiling in metallic silver and established with a cocktail lounge bar on the left, a sturdy elevated stage in the middle, a DJ booth on the right and comforted tables & chairs all set out. 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The farewell night unfolded... 

We were greeted inside the marquee by the enthusiastic organisers, Miss Tiffany Jones and Miss Cassandra Mae Madrigal, who also welcomed us with a glass of champagne. Both of the organisers were naturally regal in their post Halloween fashion ensembles. Apart from them, some of the guests were wearing daring attire and alluring costumes which were keenly appreciated by the scarce eagled eye admirers.

The venue was ameliorated with reserved tables & chairs for the distinguished guests and a classroom seating arrangement for the invited family & admirers. Geographically speaking, a few of the out-of-towners were from different parts of the United Kingdom who travelled for one purpose. Predominantly, we were there to drink a toast on the ultimate night and after 5 years of triumphs and failures of Lip Gloss. It's a closing celebration and we all highly acknowledged the unceasing determination of the organisers and were strongly reminded of its succinct objectives as a fabulous transgender event. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The core of its objectives as a transgender event in Birmingham is to promote equality, diversity and cohere the transgender community as a family. One of the essentials is to provide a friendly and lively environment at Eden Bar which will encourage crossdressers and transgender to wholly embrace their true identities and selves. A rendezvous brimming with warmth hospitality and cordial people with the same interests and are also in support for combatting society's twisted dogma and discrimination towards the transgender community. Benevolently speaking, this non-judgemental event has a commitment in offering rational communication for partners and relatives to better understand their crossdressers and transgender loved ones. Moreover, this one night event has a desideratum to preserve the transgender community in Midlands and then soundly unites its name all throughout the United Kingdom. 

The celebration progressed with entertaining laudable performances and an occupying aphrodisiac... 

The disco tail lights were on and fixated their brightness onto the stage. In a spur we were overpowered by the quip presence of a Live Cabaret Artiste, Miss Penny. She was dazzling in her thigh-length glossy body hugging dress covered in green sequins. To boot, she surfaced with an intimidating look because of the well-contoured facial cosmetics and the volume 60's sexy bomb hairstyle. Her banter and sarcasm amusedly tickled the audience as well as delighted us with her vocal performance. 
(Live cabaret artiste, Miss Penny)

Miss Penny didn't just devour the stage all alone; she also shared the spotlight with 3 cheerful guests during the the Hula Hoop game. 

After the frolicsome and wiggly performance, we were then invited to enjoy the tasty complimentary canapés. There was a good humoured queue and the prepared light finger food choices were appetising. Our tummies were filled and our energy levels were sustained which kept us all on the qui vive for the rest of the show. 

The venue's fluorescent lights faded and turned dim, thereupon the Drag Idol UK 2016 Finalist and Live Vocalist, Brenda LaBeau, emerged on stage. Her silvery high-pitched voice spiced us with her rendition of “Show a little more, Show a little less...” soundtrack of the Goddess of Pop, Cher, entitled “Welcome To Burlesque”. 
(The Drag Idol UK 2016 Finalist and Live Vocalist, Brenda LaBeau)

After the stunning vocal cords of Brenda LaBeau, she also cheered us with some practical jokes. We were cracked-up and our frisky reaction intensified the venue's mild atmosphere. On top of that, the much anticipated entrance of the male stripper, Icon, who showed up from the crowd made the scene more stimulating. He was in his controlled funky style clothes and one by one, he uncovered and exposed his nakedness. To be more specific, he gained the boldness of his manliness when he took onto the stage 2 of the guests who erotically engaged with during his turtle's pace jiggle and stir. 

With that occupying aphrodisiac concluded, the riveting main hostess for 3 years, Miss Penny, and the stunning Brenda LaBeau called onto stage the company of the unceasing organisers. Sadly, one of the three pillars in the creation of Lip Gloss named Miss Tiffany Jones left the event early because of their planned vacation for the next day. That is why the remaining two, Miss Cassandra Mae Madrigal and Miss Dayanara Mesmeize, accepted wholeheartedly the commendable words given by the hostesses and the audience also gave a great expression of approval. What a standing ovation to which they, the organisers, also distinctively awarded the handcrafted sash for this year's Miss Lip Gloss: Queen of the Night. 
From Left to Right
Miss Penny
Miss Cassandra Mae Madrigal
 Miss Dayanara Mesmeize 
Brenda LaBeau

(Miss Cassandra Mae Madrigal and Miss Dayanara Mesmeize)

The magnificent organisers, Miss Cassandra Mae Madrigal, Miss Dayanara Mesmeize and Miss Tiffany Jones, created the fabulous Lip Gloss to celebrate the community's revelation of strong-minded crossdressers and palpable transgender. For 5 years of pursuing, they have turned this bedrock event at Eden Bar into a safe haven for sexually questioning and evolving individuals who fear society's prejudice towards the LGBTQI+ community. We, the family & supporters, should all not forget their clear objectives and more importantly the organisers who showed perseverance without anticipating a single debt of gratitude. Forthrightly, we must stop factions that divide us and also, to put an end to various unhealthy competitions amongst us. In lieu, we must support one another to hold up the flexible and solid foundation of our characters and self-esteem.

If there is a beginning, there is an end. Per contra, farewell doesn't staggeringly portend the edge to a complete stop as it can also be considered as a milestone for a new beginning!

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