Love is in the air, and right now, more than ever, it is crucial that we are brave and generous with it in our lives. These two are living that magic every day through their personal relationships and with their work within the Birmingham community. Being different in this region of the country takes a bold, empowered individual. We found not one, but two people who are doing it with a twist of Southern charm. We present to you our favorite modern Birmingham power couple.
Reese Eve Cocx serves on the board for Central Alabama Pride and has worked with Children’s Charities, Inc. since 2005. She heads up the special-effects makeup department for a haunted house which supports that charity each year. With a list of crowns including Miss Birmingham Rising Star 2015, Miss Our Place 2015, Miss Central Alabama Pride 2016, and Miss Karitas 2017, she alone could steal the spotlight.
But Sharon Cocx is no sidekick. She created Sharon’s Drag Brunch, which she hosts every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month, works alongside Birmingham AIDS Outreach for its monthly bingo event, and emcees various events for the community. She has her share of achievements, holding the title of Miss Apollo 2015. She is known as the Susan Lucci of drag.
These two are not simply performers. They are examples of embracing your own authenticity and the authenticity of others, following your heart, and being unapologetic with where your heart takes you.
With one being originally from South America, and one born and raised much closer to home, this couple is the epitome of modern love. This month they will celebrate their two-year anniversary. We are fortunate to have these two represent not only our LGBTQ community but to stand as a shining example of true love in the Magic City. We believe these two could take over the world. But this month we will settle for simply celebrating Reese and Sharon by dubbing them Birmingfamous.