Stephen was a vibrant, happy, outgoing and loveable character who at 31 was diagnosed with a rare Brain Cancer.
Born on his Mum’s 19th birthday, she said it was the best birthday gift she ever received. His younger years were normal, no major dramas or events or concerns. His Mum recalls Steve deciding at 13 that he wanted a life on stage. After a stint helping theatre productions Steve decided he would like more control over his creation. With that his alter ego was born, Miss Whiplash. A drag queen of statuesque proportions quick witted and sharp tongued. She soon became popular amongst the Manchester and Sheffield nightlife.
As work commitments grew Miss Whiplash took a rest backstage leaving Steve to focus on himself. Around this time, in 2005 Steve and I met.
Within days we were living together, and planning to buy a home and 18 months after meeting we sealed our union with a Civil Partnership. Steve said that day was the happiest of his life. During our first months we discussed our “alter ego’s” and decided Drag Cabaret would be great fun. Bookings were taken and soon, we were working 6 nights a week. We gained professional status performing up and down the country.
Over the years our popularity grew but we were able to maintain a divide between the public persona’s and home lives. Only our closest of friends knew both. Our lives together continued along this path of working, living and socialising together until Stephen passed away. We had become inseparable in our first weeks together and it was only his admission to hospital which forced our first night apart.
Stephen wanted to continue to help people even after his death. LGBT Cancer Support is his legacy. Get in touch to find out more.