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If you’re not familiar with the name Lucy Fizz then let us bring you up to date.  She’s a dancer/entertainer and face of the notoriously raucous glitterbox/ savage parties. She’s the face of the new Smirnoff LGBT campaign and the star of her own documentary: Lucy: My Transgender Life. Badlands 777 caught up with Lucy ahead of her We Are FSTVL set to talk about her journey as a transgender woman and what 2018 has in store for her.
 CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT YOUR TEENAGE YEARS  AND IT WAS LIKE GROWING UP IN THE NORTH OF ENGLAND? MORE SPECIFICALLY WHEN DID YOU GAIN A SENSE OF YOUR GIRLHOOD/WOMANHOOD?

As a young transgender teenager, growing up in a small town up north was quite lonely. I came out as trans in 2001 at the age of 16. Back then I didn’t know any other Queers and most of the stuff I saw in the media about trans people was sensationalised and negative, often portraying them as the butt of the joke in their ‘news stories’. At Sixth Form College I made a few new friends who were really supportive throughout my transition. They always encouraged me to be myself and experiment with my gender identity, despite my sometimes questionable fashion choices. Although the local nightclubs were not always safe spaces for me it was when I went out dancing with my friends that I felt most free to be Lucy.

HOW DID YOU BECOME SO HEAVILY INVOLVED IN THE GLITTERBOX MOVEMENT?

I first became involved in Glitterbox through iconic London LGBTQ+ party Sink the Pink who sent out three teams of Queens for the first Glitterbox season in Ibiza. Back in London, we continued to perform for Glitterbox at their London events at Ministry of Sound. Then last summer I was invited back to Ibiza along with the resident DJ’s at Savage (a late night queer disco created by the team behind Sink the Pink) to host the ‘Wild Corner’ or ‘WC’ (the toilets at Glitterbox). Around the same time I was also told that one of my Glitterbox promo photos would be used for the compilation album ‘Love is the Message’ and that I would be seeing my face on the Glitterbox billboards all over Ibiza.

WE IMAGINE PERFORMING TO BE A CATHARTIC PROCESS AS WELL AS A FORM OF SELF-EXPRESSION. LIKE MOSR ARTISTS, THEIR CRAFT IS WHAT KEEPS THEM SANE, IS THIS THE CASE FOR YOU?

I love dancing and working in nightlife. I’ve never really had any dance training and kind of just flail my limbs around and hope for the best. You can kind of see people on the dance floor lose their inhibitions when they watch us on stage, it’s like you’re sharing your energy and passion with the crowd, helping them to let go and enjoy the music. 

Having places where people can feel safe to express themselves freely is hugely important. Nightclubs are where I first had the confidence to experiment with my gender identity and have played a vital role in shaping the person I am today. I think the way that Glitterbox is bringing together people from the LGBTQ+ community and a more typically ‘straight’ crowd is really amazing.

LET’S TALK ABOUT YOUR ONSTAGE OUTFITS! WHAT INSPIRES THESE LOOKS?

I find outfit inspiration everywhere from vintage sailor hats and motocross racing jerseys to sequin showgirl costumes and fun-fur Furbies. At a party this weekend a friend told me that their first memory of me was Easter about 10 years ago when I decided to go to a rave ‘dressed’ in chocolate. My ‘lewks’ have evolved quite a bit since then since then. They still aren’t quite so much about drag as the other Glitterbox Queens, more of a sexy genderfuck party monster.

DO YOU GET PRE-STAGE NERVES?

I only get nervous when I have to do dance routines on stage. At Glitterbox I’m usually the first on and the last to leave the podium.

WHAT SONG IS GUARANTEED TO GET YOU ON THE DANCEFLOOR?

There are soooo many! ‘Calling Out’ by Sophie Lloyd is one of my favourites at the moment.

WHAT HAS BEEN THE WILDEST PARTY YOU’VE THROWN?

The WC at Glitterbox Ibiza last summer got pretty wild. It was a naughty little disco rave in the toilets that people stumbled upon and stayed in all night.

WHERE IN THE WORLD (THAT YOU HAVEN’T BEEN) WOULD YOU LOVE TO TAKE GLITTERBOX PARTIES TOO?

Glitterbox is doing a pride party in New York, I’d love to go to that!

WHATS NEXT FOR LUCY FIZZ?

 Next stop for Lucy Fizz is Ibiza! I can’t wait to return to the island for the Glitterbox opening party on Friday 1st June.