Charlie Hides: “Dean Eastmond is an inspiration to me and worthy of the word hero”


LGBT+ journalist Dean Eastmond has used his personal Twitter account and affiliated publishing sites to document his continuing battle with cancer.

The writer, who’d previously written for Gay Times, has spoken openly about life as a gay man with the terminal illness.

Dean is the co-creator of LGBT+ publication HISKIND and was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, Ewing’s Sarcoma, in 2016.

As part of his journey, Dean joked that if he’d need to write a bucket list, the stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race would totally be on it. Well, naturally.

It read: “If this turns into me writing a bucket list, you just know me being painted by every RPDR girl will be at the very top of that list.”

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Turns out such a thing wasn’t out of reach for RuPaul’s Drag Race season nine contestant Charlie Hides. The London-based drag queen met Dean for an afternoon of fun as they served up some serious club drag makeup…

“I’m often asked who my comedy heroes are or who my style icons are, but Dean Eastmond is an inspiration to me and worthy of the word hero,” she told Gay Times.

“I’ve been aware of his writing for a while and was proud to see such a young man launch a magazine… I was shocked to read that his cancer was terminal.

“When I saw the tweet saying his bucket list included ‘getting painted by every Ru girl’, I knew I had to make that come true.”

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Charlie later told us her fabulous time with Dean came about…

“My show on Sunday night was down in Bournemouth,” she began. “Normally I would’ve driven home after the show, but instead we booked a hotel and on Monday morning drove down to Devon to spend the bank holiday with Dean, his boyfriend Adam and his amazing family.

“They made James and I feel very welcome and, despite the unspeakable strain they must all be under, there was plenty of laughs though the day.

“We hung out in the garden on a perfectly sunny holiday afternoon and then moved inside to the sofa where Dean could be more comfortable. Despite the high doses of morphine he’s on, his razor sharp wit and keen intellect weren’t dulled in the least.”

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“When we got out the makeup, he told me he loves Club Kid drag so that was the starting point, but we were all in the mood to just play.

“The final touch was adding the Ankh – Egyptian symbol of eternal life – because I knew I’d remember him always and that, despite the fact his cancer is terminal, he’s living every day to the fullest and his spirit will live on.

“Towards the end of the day he said, ‘For a few hours I forgot I had cancer.’ That was the best review I could ask for.”

Alongside the makeover, stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race send love and support to Dean via a set of unique photos via the hashtag .

You can follow Dean’s journey on Twitter here



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