Shawn Palacious is everywhere! On any given weekend, he can be seen appearing as his glamorous and equally outrageous drag alter ego, Kitty Meow, at Georgie’s Alibi / Monkey Bar in Wilton Manors.

Surf the internet and you’re liable to find him hosting Hotspots Live!, a weekly internet entertainment newsmagazine produced by the publishers of Hotspots. 

Flip through the channels on your TV and you may catch him promoting one of many parties and fundraisers throughout the year: Palacious was the onstage host at the White Party in Miami, Pride Fort Lauderdale on the beach in February and the AIDS Walk this spring.

And then there are his prolific social media accounts. To be tagged in one of his Facebook or Instagram posts is to be associated with the glitterati of South Florida’s LGBT community.

Palacious came to the U.S. from his native Bahamas for school and never looked back. Despite the support of his family, the Bahamas is still a dangerous place for LGBT people, especially performers like Palacious. That’s one reason why he takes his role as entertainment director with Pride Fort Lauderdale so seriously.

He looks forward to the opportunity to promote a safe space for LGBT people to live their truths and express themselves at events like Pride. Palacious is especially proud to have helped organize the fifth annual Caribbean PrideFest in Huizenga Plaza this year, a larger festival that celebrated the culture, music and food of the islands and lent visibility to an often overlooked segment of the LGBT community living here in South Florida. 

— JW Arnold 


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