West Hollywood is a happening place to be on any given weekend, but last Sunday night it was shining even brighter than usual, thanks to the star-studded second edition of Heavenly Bodies, the first transgender club event in Los Angeles history.
Taking over The Chapel at Weho’s world-famous gay bar, The Abbey, the January installment of the new party lived up to its name by offering a truly heavenly evening of celebrity sightings. Hosted by Gigi Gorgeous, Sasha Colby and other transgender models and activists, Heavenly Bodies drew in none other than non-binary Grammy Award winner Sam Smith and transgender actress MJ Rodriguez, star of the Emmy-winning “Pose,” both of whom joined the audience for a stellar lineup of transgender lip sync performances.
Taking the stage were Aurora Sexton, Jazmine Balenciaga, and the number one Beyonce impersonator in the world, Miss Shalae. Miss Shalae is the stage name of the Michell’e Michaels, a trans performer who has made a career out of paying tribute to Beyonce, and even got a shout out from the pop icon from the stage at Coachella in 2018 – a moment that was captured in the Netflix concert film, “Homecoming.”
Miss Shalae’s performance on Sunday was also being filmed – for an upcoming show on HBO Mac that is scheduled to launch this spring.
As for the stars in the crowd, a publicist for the event shared that Rodriguez “looked incredible, in her Donna Summer inspired wavy hair and cinch-waisted jumpsuit, as she sat VIP sipping Veuve Clicquot with Gigi Gorgeous and friends.”
They went on to add, “Shortly after the lineup of performances was over, Sam Smith put on a performance of his own, living his best life and looking cute and casual while slow grinding with a friend out on the patio of The Chapel.”
Held on the 2nd Sunday of each month at The Chapel at The Abbey, Heavenly Bodies is the only known transgender party in Los Angeles, and supports the Trans Wellness Center of Los Angeles. The Chapel at The Abbey donates proceeds from the Heavenly Bodies specialty cocktails (made with Illegal Mescal), and the Trans Wellness Center is there every month with volunteers to accept donations and distribute information.
If you would like to be part of a scene like the one that took place last Sunday night, make your plans now to head out to The Chapel on March 8 for the next installment of a party that is fast becoming one of the hottest monthly events in the city.
Who knows? This time, you might be the one grinding up against a sexy pop star as you dance the night away.