Queer History Walks taking Feast Festival-goers on a journey of discovery • Glam Adelaide
, 2022-11-18 16:08:09,
Photo credit: Alex Frayne
Written by: Caitlin Holt
Bedazzled in ornate earrings and a bright-red lip, Dr Gertrude Glossip PhD (Formal Drapery, Curtain University) has a unique 30-year history to tell.
Gertrude shares her wisdom gained from 25 years of Feast Festival participation, and 29 years of growing into the Gertrude Glossip identity. Her Queer History Walks are an iconic Festival event, with this year being both a celebration of the Festival’s 25th birthday, and remembering Ian Purcell AM, founding member of the SA Rainbow Advocacy Alliance.
Will Sergeant and Dr Gertrude Glossip are two sides of the same coin. Will’s alter-ego, Gertrude, was created in 1993 for The Uranian Society, an Adelaide forum for gay men’s culture that started in 1989, of which, Will was a founding member.
The group took a trip to Urania, a small town on the Yorke Peninsula, and were in need of a leader to conduct a walking tour revealing its ‘secret’ gay history. Thus, the ‘Dr Gertrude Glossip’ character was born.
“Gertrude is not a drag queen. I’m just an exaggerated version of Will. Will with a bit more, and a bit more frocked up,” Gertrude…
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