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Before we'd heard of Lesbian Idol,
Patricia Wade, 28, was seeking her own
singing fame. In 2000, the vivacious
blonde, with a background in creative
styling and magazine publishing, was on
holiday in the US and met a girl who
persuaded her to stay. One night at a Los
Angeles bar, Patricia, who had always
been passionate about singing, met Celine
Dion's record producer who suggested she
might have a shot at a chart-topping career.
She returned to Australia to sort out her
visa then headed back to LA where she
embarked upon a journey others only
Patricia began singing at venues including
infamous celebrity haunt The Viper Room
and House of Blues. She co-wrote an
album with hit songwriter Danny
Sambello, and great things seemed about
to happen when Patricia's fast track to
fame was stalled. There were various
inhibiting factors for the bright, upfront
singer. "People kept advising me not to
come out as a lesbian. Everybody said,
'you don't look like a lesbian, so why even
bring it up'?" She also didn't like the idea
of sleeping around to get somewhere,
"which is what you often have to do. I
couldn't do that." She returned to Sydney
in 2004, planning to start over.
Originally from Melbourne, Patricia has
always been open about her sexuality.
"Being in the closet was never an option for
me. The first time I slept with a woman I
came home and told my mum all about it."
Her mother, of Greek background, has
always had a strong bond with her daughter.
Patricia believes she gets her expressive
talent from the Greek side of her family.
"It's a cliché, but I even speak with my
hands." Her bubbly voice and upbeat
presence is wowing Beat FM listeners,
where Patricia currently hosts Road Rage,
the number one show on Beat FM where at
any one time up to 10,000 listeners hear
Patricia and co-host Portia Turbo spar with
each other outrageously with sizzling one-
liners that possibly shouldn't make it to air.
"The challenge to be a good radio host is
to listen to people, to cut back on yourself
and really open up to the other person.
That and understanding how the mike
works because I tend to laugh too loud,"
"My attraction to radio is part of my desire
to be an open, engaging media personality
in the lesbian community. We are starved
of lesbian role models, especially in
Australia. Really strong, interesting and
out lesbians are hard to find," she says,
citing Shauna Jensen as a favourite.
What did she learn about her LA pop star
experience? "Unless you are dying for it
do not even try. You need to develop the
strength inside you first. But if you have a
dream, go for it. If you have the passion
and you try and ignore it, it will come
back," she says. She continues to be
inspired by strong, inspirational voices like
Gwen Stefani, Madonna and Bjork. "I love
women who are progressive, who change
the face of music."
Patricia has settled into life back home in
Sydney's Eastern Suburbs, hosting events
such as Refresh Magazine's first birthday
party, the Beat FM and Gaydar.com Mardi
Gras Show which went world wide to over
3 million listeners.
And there's the upcoming Lifestyle Show
with Portia Turbo on Queer TV, featuring
numerous Australian stars. Meanwhile,
Patricia is in the process of reworking
tracks with some of Sydney's top DJs and
will be releasing them this year.
Ambitions aside, Patricia highlights the
importance of self-fulfillment. "Most of all
I want to be happy in what I'm doing and
be comfortable in myself." Especially since
her father became diagnosed with cancer
for the second time recently. "It made me
realise that in order to be truly happy one
must live in the moment and that is
something that I am achieving right now."
Road Rage, Beat FM 87.6, Mon to Fri
4pm-7pm or stream live at
Photo: Trish Martin
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