Kira! Live! Love! Owlies!

Hello lovelies…  

Well it’s been a while since my last column. The gayleeds scene has been keeping me very busy! It’s so good to be putting the proverbial ‘pen to paper’ again. It’s now February, and my first column of the year was supposed to be two weeks ago, alas I was going to wrap up 2013 and tell you all about what’s to come over the next 12 months. However it’s all been weddings and fairy-tales which you’ve probably heard enough of by now, and besides it’s a little overdue!

Now, as you all know the weather has been terrible of late with torrential rain, flooding, high winds and cold temperatures, I would just like to say for the record that my civil ceremony had nothing to do with this.

However as I was saying the weathers been pretty miserable. As I sit here writing this column the sun for once is shining and the birds are singing. Now I know that we’d all but forgotten what the sun actually looks like but I swear, it was definitely out today.

You know that feeling you get on the first sunny day of the year. The anticipation of summer. It’s a feeling that I get every year and I had it today. The first few weeks of the year are always dreary, everyone’s still paying for Christmas the weather is grim and you’re exhausted from the season’s festivities (not to mention having put on those extra few pounds over Christmas). 

Then all of a sudden, out of the blue it seems as though the world had had a spring clean. The sun makes a long overdue appearance, the spring clothes appear in the shops, we start planning holidays and parties, and the gayleeds scene starts talking about courtyard/patio parties and Pride. I’ve said before how much I love the seasons we are blessed with but I think for each seasonal change there is always one day when something clicks and you can’t wait to start the next chapter.

I’d better slow down a little after all we are only in February and the next event I have to tell you about is just on the horizon. It’s the first major event on the Leeds LGB&T scene, It’s the Owlies!

For those of you not familiar with the event, the Owlies is an award ceremony to celebrate and congratulate individuals and groups who have made an outstanding contribution to the Leeds LGBT community. I am lucky enough to once again be hosting this year’s event alongside the infamous DJ Marky Mark at the Marriott hotel, Leeds on Tuesday 18th February. 

The public have been voting for their favourites in a number of categories such as best bar, best organisation and best DJ, over the last few months and the results are now in. The top nominations for this year’s event are being released daily on the Owlies official Facebook page. Follow the links to check out who could be walking away with one of these prestigious awards this year.

http://www.theowlies.co.uk/

https://www.facebook.com/TheOwlies

https://www.gayleeds.com

In other news, it is was of course Valentine’s Day on the 14th of this month. I’m an old fashioned romantic and love this day of the year. I think with the legalisation of same sex marriage may have seen more than one proposal being made on the day. I hope those of you who have someone to share it with had a lovely day, and for those of you that didn't, I hope Valentine’s Day brought you a romantic surprise!

As for me, I’ll have lots to tell you in my next column. I’ve had a few very exciting phone calls recently but unfortunately for now it’s a little hush hush, but I’ll be spilling the beans as soon as I’m able to.

P.S I’m also excited to be going to Las Vegas in a few weeks to see the fabulous Celine Dion. Those of you who know me (“I’m Kira Live”) will appreciate how excited I am. Celine might be lucky enough to get my autograph but I can’t make any promises! I’ll tell you all about my trip when I get back.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all over the next month or so. I really hope you all come and support this year’s Owlies; if not, You can as always, catch me at the Viaduct Showbar for Sunday service each week from 2pm till 8pm. Karaoke, cheap drinks and camp classics. We also now provide a free buffet every week for you so you’ve no excuse to miss it!

I am also still hosting the Bridge bar’s infamous karaoke every alternate Sunday from 9pm till 1am so make sure you come down and join us, It’s always a crazy night! 

I feel extremely lucky to work in such amazing venues in gayleeds and to be surrounded by some great friends, you all know who you are… and Degsie, no I don’t mean you! 

Wow what a long P.S but until I write again, I hope you have a lovely month, take care of yourselves and try and spread a little love will you? The world could always do with a bit of that!

Lots of love

Kira x x x

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