23/07/15: A whole host of celebs descended on the RVT for the R U Coming Out Summer Party, including Alesha Dixon of The Boy Does Nothing fame, Gabrielle (!) and Martha D’Arthur (Ok we’re stretching the definition of ‘celeb’ a bit now).
Even Nikki Grahame showed up and, of course, spent most of the time raging about something outside. We wouldn’t want it any other way! Anyway, with everyone inside (including Ms Grahame, just about) the soon-to-be-an-official-charity’s founder, Wayne Dhesi, gave a lovely speech about how R U Coming Out was founded and then introduced the first act of many. And what a bunch they were.
There was Drag With No Name murdering everything from Boyzone to Shaggy, Joe McElderry and Andrea Faustini being delightful on stage and professional off it, Jaymi Hensley hosting and Andrew Hayden Smith DJing.
We remember having a crush on him when he presented CBBC. And Gabrielle capped the whole thing off with a flawless performance. Obviously. Dreams CAN come true.
Royal Vauxhall Tavern, 372 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall, SE11 5HY
Words by Chris Godfrey
Photos by Robert Gershinson