SHE is one of Sydney’s most lauded drag queens but if you look beneath the make-up, you might just recognise a man who grew up on the Coffs Coast.
It has been 12 years since Daniel Cater bade farewell to his childhood homes at Lowanna and Bundagen.
This weekend he will return as Dallas Delaforce to share the spotlight at the CoastOut Festival.
“It is all a bit surreal but very exciting all the same,” Daniel said.
“I come back to see my family as much as I can but to return as the drag diva that I am will be absolutely fabulous.”
Dallas Delaforce is Daniel’s current professional persona but not his first drag incarnation.
“When I was in Year 11 at Jetty High I put on a frock and hosted a slave auction as Fanny Sidebottom. We raised a record amount of money that year and I discovered a passion for drag that continues to this day.”
That passion has made the 30 year old one of Sydney’s hottest performers.
“My next gig after CoastOut will be ‘Drag at the Opera’ which was an amazing success last year.”
Dallas/Daniel will be performing at the CoastOut Tea Dance in the Park Beach Reserve on Saturday night and at Sunday night’s Beach Party at the Surf Club.
“I can’t wait. It will great to catch up with the likes of Joyce Maynge, Prada Clutch and Vanessa Wagner. It will be like a reunion of drag royalty,” he said.
“One of the best things I did before I left Coffs was be involved in the setting up of a gay and lesbian youth group through ACON and the Harbour Youth Service.
“I do want other young people to realise that you can be different and crazy and creative and gay and still be a good person and have a great happy life. That’s the message I want to bring back to Coffs.”
For more on this weekend’s CoastOut Gay and Lesbian Festival, go to: www.coastout.com.au.