UPDATE: Famed drag queen Greg Smith AKA SheGotta Mustache passed away Sunday

We were saddened to learn Sunday that longtime drag entertainer Greg Smith, aka Shegotta Mustache, passed away on Sunday. At this time, we’ve only heard that Smith had cancer and succumbed to the disease this weekend.

Over the years, Smith made quite the comic impression on the Dallas scene and was involved with many organizations, including DIVA and Texas Bear Round-Up.

According to his alter ego’s Facebook page, Smith posted this under Basic Information:

“Love making people laugh with the songs that I do and coming up with creative ways of making a song stand out and be funny.”

We will post more information as it is reported and confirmed.

UPDATE: We received the following information regarding Smith’s funeral services.

Wake at Gregory W. Spencer Funeral Home, 4000 Miller Ave., Fort Worth. Nov. 4 at 8:30 p.m.

Funeral service at Mount Olive Missionary Baptist Church, 2951 Evans Ave., Fort Worth. Nov. 5 at 11 a.m.

Burial will be a private ceremony.

Celebration of Life at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 6525 Inwood Road. 7 p.m.

—  Rich Lopez

VOTE: Who will be the “Ultimate Diva!”?

Everyone knows Dallas has more than its fair share of divas. So when we decided to hold the Ultimate Diva! contest — which comes with a photo spread in the Readers Voice Awards Ultimate Diva! edition on March 18, a $1,000 donation to the winner’s charity-of-choice and best of all, bragging rights — we knew we’d get some fabulous entrants from which to cull our top 10. And we did.

Not surprising (considering the charitable contribution) was that many of those who put themselves in the running as the Ultimate Diva! were locals with proven track records as fundraisers for gay nonprofits: Edna Jean Robinson (aka Richard Curtin); Victoria Weston (aka Mike Fulk); Jenna Skyy (aka Joe Hoselton); Linze Serell (aka Bill Lindsey); Ima Lush (aka Jerry McDonald); and SheGotta Moustache (aka Greg Smith). Perhaps also not surprisingly, these Ultimate Diva! wannabes are all members of that sub-classification of divaliciousness: The drag queen.

But this was not, per se, a drag competition — far from it. It’s about style, balls, attitude. It’s about being proud of who you are without apology and bringing the force of your personality into any discussion. So we happily added M-to-F trainer Chris Tina Foxx Bruce to the lineup, representing the trans community.

It’s also not just about those born as biological who dress (or identify) as women — we had some biological girls enter the Ultimate Diva! contest, too. Stacy McKinney’s photo surrounded her feminine self with hot gay guys — always a plus. And Brandi Amara Skyy (real last name: Garcia) has the name of a drag queen, perhaps even the soul of one, but the plumbing of a girl. (She calls herself  a “biologically challenged drag queen”).

Individual divas are all well and good, of course, but a group diva? Totally. So we were excited to see Dallas Pride Cheer, the prideful group of sissy-boom-bah athletes, wade into the fray: If anyone qualifies as an Ultimate Diva!, it’s someone who forms a human pyramid to make their point.

Of course, this is just the start of these contestants’ claim to diva glory — you play a part, too. Go to dfwReadersVoice.com
and read up on each of the contestants who believe they deserve to be named Ultimate Diva! Review their photos and their charity of choice; and tell your friends to come out and support their favorite diva, whether drag queen, trans role model, woman or group. And once you vote, enter yourself in the drawing for a round-trip ticket for two on American Airlines. What a diva thing that would be to win!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones