A celebrated entertainer that once ruled the stages of some of the Costa del Sol's top show bars is now living the life of a down and out on the streets of Benalmádena Costa. Many tourists will remember the name KT Peters from popular venues like Bunny's and Busby's, but now the former drag queen is forced to live rough, surviving on out-of-date food and handouts from well-wishers.
Kevin Peters made his name on the gay scene in Blackpool in the early 1990s and his 'no holds barred' show made him one of the most sought-after acts in the UK. He arrived on the Costa del Sol a few years later and teamed up with Bunny Lane and Ellie Peters in a legendary drag show that was the highlight of many tourists' holidays.
Today, however, he is a far cry from the outrageously dressed drag queen with the venomous tongue.
His plight has been highlighted by another well-known Costa entertainer who, while on a recent visit to the coast, came across Peters sleeping on a bench in the marina in Benalmádena.
Singer and promoter Rob Stevens was so appalled by the former drag queen's predicament that he has now started a fundraising campaign to help get the popular entertainer back on his feet. Along with the pledges of several club owners and entertainers in the UK and in Spain, Stevens has also initiated a GoFundMe campaign in order to try to raise 10,000 euros to help rebuild Peters' life. At the time of going to press, the fund had reached more than 2,200 euros.
"I'll do whatever I can"
Stevens, former owner of the Manhattan Show Bar in Benalmádena, told SUR in English: "I know Kevin has a drink issue and I think there may be mental issues also, so I want to do whatever I can to help him. I find it hard to see how a drag legend has ended up like this. This guy needs people to help him to get cleaned up and somewhere safe to live."
Stevens will return to the coast on Monday, where he will sleep rough for one week to further highlight the campaign. He intends to raise enough money to take the fallen entertainer back to the UK, where he will be offered help in a rehabilitation centre.
"I have been in touch with several organisations in the UK, so Kevin will be looked after, if we can get him there," Stevens said.
He is also organising two fundraising shows at Capone's Bar, Benalmádena Costa, on 26th and 27th November. The fun starts at 9pm and a variety of local performers will be participating.
Donations can also be made at Capone's Bar or online: www. gofundme.com/rob-stevens-outreach-for-kt-peter