In Loving Memory of Tara Richmond

Tara Richmond

In Loving Memory of Tara Richmond

Our Community Roots is happy to be able to release a tribute in the memory of Tara Richmond. In January of 2005, we were able to receive this incredible information from Tara’s husband Ray Glenn who was her partner for 17 years.

Born as Richard Henson on April 29, 1961, Tara Richmond began practicing the art of female illusion at the age of 18 when she became a cast member at the Twilight Lounge. While a cast member at the Twilight, Tara was taken under the wing of Brandy Lamonte, who then became her “Drag Mother”. After holding the position of Show Director at the Grotto II, Tara then went into retirement for over 8 years.

Returning to the stage in April 1996, Tara was crowned Miss Mardi Gras in 1997. Tara was also crowned Miss Columbus Gay Pride in 1998, and reigned as the first Miss Ohio Gay Pride also in 1998. This title afforded Tara the honor of performing at the 1999 Gay Pride Celebration in Columbus, Ohio.

Tara was then crowned Miss Remo’s 1999 as well as Miss Gay Columbus America 2000. With the support of Remo’s, Hidden Woman, Tremont and South Bend Tavern, Tara competed in the 2000 Miss Gay Ohio America Pageant. Winning the categories of Creative Fashion and Evening Gown. Tara placed as First Alternate, qualifying her to compete in the National Miss Gay America Pageant. Tara was then crowned Miss Wall Street 2001, and competed again for the Title of Miss Gay Ohio America in 2001. Winning the category of Evening gown, Tara placed again as First Alternate, qualifying her to compete a second time in the national Miss Gay America Pageant.

Tara was also the first winner of the Spotlight Magazine Award for Best Female Illusionist, and was also honored with the Golden Teddy Bear Award by the Columbus Centurions for her outstanding fundraising efforts. Tara was Show director at Tremont, South Bend Tavern, Remo’s, Garret’s Saloon, Club Utopia and Woody’s. Tara hosted Shows at Tabu’ every other Saturday Night with her friend, Brazon, and performed regularly at Pyramid and the Columbus Eagle. Tara also held the position of Events Director for Hidden Woman where she hosted the Hidden Woman Rising Star and Hidden Woman Search for the Stars which was a talent contest showcasing new female impersonators.

Tara traveled throughout Ohio and West Virginia performing in various clubs and Pageants. It was not unusual for Tara to perform every night of the week. A witty comedienne and a wonderful dancer, Tara loved the stage and enjoyed working with entertainers like Brandy Lamonte, Coco Kayne, Amanda Kayne, Lita Mannon, Darah Landon, Georgia Jackson, Jonda St. John, Vivi Velure, Vanessa Brown, Amanda Love, Cari Wayne, Amber Marie, the Legendary Brazon, and many, many others.

It was Mary Ann Brandt who named Tara the “Queen of the South”. Sadly, Tara died unexpectedly of a heart attack on July 28, 2002 at the age of 42. Tara is survived by a daughter, 2 sisters, a brother and a very loving family in addition to a group of very dear friends and many adoring fans who keep her name and memory alive.

Titles and Awards

1st Alternate to Miss Gay Ohio America 2001
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Miss Wall Street 2001
(Wall Street Night Club – Columbus, Ohio)

1st Alternate to Miss Gay Ohio America 2000
Prelim to Miss Gay America

Miss Gay Columbus America 2000
Prelim to Miss Gay Ohio America

Miss Remo’s 1999
(Remo’s – Columbus, Ohio)

Miss Ohio Gay Pride 1998

Miss Columbus Gay Pride 1998
Prelim to Miss Ohio Gay Pride

Miss Mardi Gras 1997

Some venues and events that Tara has been a part of include:


 

2 thoughts on “In Loving Memory of Tara Richmond

  1. WOW MY UNCLE HAS BEEN GONE FOR 10 YEARS AND I JUST SO HAPPEN TO GOOGLE HIS STAGE NAME AND GOT THIS WEBSITE IT WAS SO AMAZING READING ABOUT WHAT SHE HAD ACCOMPLISHED I MISS THAT MAN TO DEATH AND I LOVED WAT SHE DID……

  2. I loved Tara — and I first met her back in the Twight Lounge days — she and the girls used to come back to our friend Susan Pyles house for breakfast — and whatnots (smile) after the shows. I was a baby then just getting familiar with the scene — Tara used to tease me something awful — lol just try to shock the shit out of me whenever she could. oh we’d laugh and laugh — those girls were crazy — Georgia was my neighbor. I am a gender illusionist — my drag king is a drag queen — Lustivious is fierce and she is fierce because Tara/Georgia/Mary Ann and my dear Brandi were awesome in their craft — I used to study everything they did — they owned femininity in a way my I did not know how to access even though i was born with the ‘correct bio body.’ isn’t it crazy to think about. But the success Ive experienced in my career is directly connected to Tara and the girls support/mentoring/gifts. I miss her.

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