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Thursday 05th, January 2017 / 11:01
By David Cutting, with original photos By Chase Hansen

Photo: Chase Hansen

VANCOUVER — In the crowded cubicle that is 1181, it is standing room only. There is excitement and booze in the air. Everyone is out on Sunday and they need a place to worship, so Alma Bitches lets them pray at her feet.In a crop top (complete with lewd saying) tutu, and thong, this bearded queen whips her audience into a frenzy. They are yelling, they are living. She stomps around and they cheer. She yells into the mic, it’s too loud to hear her. This is Alma’s Sunday night cult, a show she calls Sanctuary.

Alma got her start in the Vancouver chapter of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence. “When I joined the Sisters, I was in a dark place and saw the best way of getting out of that place was by giving back and helping others,” she says, sharing that, often, people don’t know each other’s stories, the rich tapestries of their history. “I am in my 14th year of sobriety. I had a reality problem — I used drugs and alcohol to avoid reality. My own experience was that I was abusing it until it abused me. I realized I needed to put them away and live each day as it comes.” Working with the Sisters, doing fundraisers and sing-a-longs, was a great passion for Alma.

 

“The best feeling is when I have just finished a show and it feels so good because I could see the audience was living for me and my guests.” shares Alma. Alma hosts two weekly shows, both on Sunday night. The first is Sanctuary at 1181 at 11:30 p.m., the second is Shequel at XY at 1 a.m. Known for having interesting themes and fun guests, the shows serve as some of the local drag fans favourites.

“I have always been a performer. I used to perform with my sisters, this was when I was smaller, we would lip sync and they would throw me around the living room and our grandma’s would clap and be entertained” says Alma. Her performances are colourful and crowd pleasing, she treats drag as a job and encourages those younger queens under her tutelage to do the same, offering the advice, “Always remember the bigger picture. You are doing a job, if you went to your day job loaded would you get to keep that job? Treat this like that job, because the audience is there to see you, you have a responsibility to them.”

“I have a beard, and it’s not because I’m lazy, but because I have a point to make.” says Alma, to her drag is about being as unabashedly queer as possible. Taking the gender norms and walking the line with them. She recognizes that it isn’t everyone cup of tea but that it is important to be able to take rules and bend them, because gender is not rigid, only our minds are. 

Alma is always doing something. She travels having been to an Francisco and Portland to do shows,  she is always reaching for something bigger a greater “You have to be heading towards something or you’re no going anywhere. As an artist it is very important to have aspirations beyond the local dream. Always set a goal.” chimes Alma. 

Get ready to watch this bitch soar!

Catch Alma Bitches at Sundays at 1181 for Sanctuary at 11:30 and Sundays at XY for Shequel.

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