These Australian LGBTI short films will get you ready for Mardi GrasSam Smith celebrates gay ballroom culture in new music videoCher just announced an Australian tour and people aren’t copingRead the full article on Gaystarnews: :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/here-are-the-best-photos-from-australias-first-vogue-ball-sissy-ball/ GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) Australia’s first vogue ball, Sissy Ball. | Photo: Instagram/@kenleanfore Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… 4.Photo: Instagram/[email protected] #sissyball #madisgras40 pic.twitter.com/80SzCoBwFh— S.M.M (@seannmileymoore) February 24, 20186.Voguing comes to Sydney at #sissyball. Good one @sydneymardigras #mardigras18 pic.twitter.com/zkZzLQRphM— Penny Sharpe (@PennySharpemlc) February 24, 20187.Photo: Instagram/@kailkail_8.Photo: Instagram/@patistyrrell9.Photo: Instagram/@pacificclimatewarrior10.Photo: Instagram/Stylebydeni Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Those at the sold out event were transported to a living history of New York’s underground Ballroom scene. It was one of many events in the month-long Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras.Sissy Ball was dominated by queer people of color from the South Pacific Islands, New Zealand and Indigenous Australians who battled it out in multiple categories.Local club icon Bhenji Ra curated the event and explained why he chose the name Sissy Ball.‘The term ‘sissy’ is used amongst Asian and Pacific queer communities as a term of endearment and sisterhood,’ Ra said.‘The reason why I chose this is because it’s definitely a term widely used amongst the younger generation of a queer people of color and there’s a global understanding of reclaiming it as a positive affirmation opposed to its slur history.’Competing houses were Slé from Australia, FafSwag and House of Envy – both from New Zealand.Voguers competed in categories such as; Face, Hand Performance, Sex Siren – Body on Show, National Costume on the runway, and Vogue Fem – Shine Supreme.1.Congrats to everyone involved in making #SissyBall such a success. That was stunning. #MardiGras40pic.twitter.com/2pgatRC3G1— Adrian (@the_iphoon) February 24, 20182.Hi I’d just like to say that I’m so grateful and blessed to be the witness at this #SissyBall thank you thank you thank you pic.twitter.com/nKsV17OGEv— Ruby Miles (@rubyrosepeel) February 24, 20183.Sissy Ball. | Photo: Instagram/@kenleanfore In what was hailed as one of the best Mardi Gras events in years, Australia’s first vogue ball was a sickening display of talent.