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Sydney's transgender community celebrated in an evening of fashion, fun and fabulousness

Katherine Wolfgramme has a bit of holy help with her jewellery backstage.
Katherine Wolfgramme has a bit of holy help with her jewellery backstage.

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Thirty years ago, the Sydney transgender community had to carry a letter from their doctor at all times explaining their gender status.

These days, they are able to openly celebrate on Oxford Street.

In a new monthly event called Trans Glamoré held at the Colombian Hotel, the trans community can leave their troubles at the door and have some fun.

Organiser Victoria Anthony wows the crowd at the debut of Trans Glamoré.
Organiser Victoria Anthony wows the crowd at the debut of Trans Glamoré.

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Organised by performer and DJ Victoria Anthony, her vision is to give other trans performers the opportunity to showcase their talents in a safe environment.

"I take regular trips to New York. I see many events run for the transgender community and supporters. It inspires me. They help us forge connections with one another," Anthony says.

"I really don't know what this night will become, or I never really know what the future holds, but I've been organising this night with love in my heart."

Performers wait backstage before their debut at Trans Glamoré.
Performers wait backstage before their debut at Trans Glamoré.

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Anthony says it takes a lot of courage to get up on stage, and she's so happy to support transgender art.

"It's important that this space even just exists."

Organiser Victoria Anthony makes some final changes to the performance schedule.
Organiser Victoria Anthony makes some final changes to the performance schedule.

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Katherine Wolfgramme, of the famous Les Girls, couldn't agree more.

"I transitioned 30 years ago. And in those days, we had to carry a letter from our doctor saying that we were transgender. Because if police found us with women's underwear on, we could have been arrested," Wolfgramme says.

A bit of bling strategically covers performer Victoria Anthony.
A bit of bling strategically covers performer Victoria Anthony.

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"There's history that the kids don't really know, and it's really good to be able to teach them.

The Polynesian performer officially retired from the stage 17 years ago, but felt is was important to come out again in support of the night.

Katherine Wolfgramme of Les Girls.
Katherine Wolfgramme of Les Girls.

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"I'm actually retired. I just came out to support Victoria … she's a very beloved sister in the trans community," Wolfgramme says.

"It's a really fun thing to do, artistically. It's a great outlet."

Conchita Grande used to love performing at the Taxi Club until it shut down a few years ago.

"It's been gone for a few years and so the trans community doesn't have their own club anymore," Grande says.

"I think we definitely need this in Sydney. Somewhere that we can all just be together and just celebrate. A safe place to party."

Veronica Munroe busts a move during her rendition of Crazy In Love.
Veronica Munroe busts a move during her rendition of Crazy In Love.

Younger performers like Veronica Munroe made the journey all the way from Nowra to be part of the event.

"There's not that many events that are trans-based in Sydney at the moment. So tonight's a really good night to showcase the entertainment we have in the trans community," Munroe says.

"I love it, it's such a rush. It's so much fun."

Conchita Grande watches her fellow performers on stage with pride from the audience.
Conchita Grande watches her fellow performers on stage with pride from the audience.

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Beginning her transition two years ago, Munroe occasionally struggles living in a regional town.

"It's hard. It's hard, it really is. I come from a small town and, you know, there are people there that are quite judgmental. But what can you do? You can just be yourself and not worry about what anyone else thinks," Munroe says.

Anthony herself made the transition to womanhood in 2013 when she went on a gap year to New York. Leaving Sydney as a man, she returned a year later as a woman.

Performer Victoria Anthony during her second song of the night.
Performer Victoria Anthony during her second song of the night.

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She says it takes time to find who you are as a trans person.

"It takes time to match our interior with our exterior."

A frilly pink costume hangs backstage before performance time.
A frilly pink costume hangs backstage at the Colombian Hotel.

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