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The kinder media coverage would report that in her later years Kit Porter was best known for her big heart. She advocated for the LGBTQ community and had a passion for helping young musicians to get their start. Owning the Planet which was a Café by day and Nightclub by night in West Hollywood gave her the platform to bring in the talent and provide a safe space of love and inclusion. Everyone was welcomed at Kit’s place. She’d been quoted as saying “It gives me great joy to see these people in here laughing and partying and living the life they love and loving the life they live.” RIP Kit Porter-Benson.
After going through a parade of lovers almost as diverse as the clientele at the Planet, Kit had settled down and married Sonny Benson, a drag queen entertainer known as Sunset Boulevard. Sadly, Sonny was driving the car and was killed in the accident that injured Kit. It was a combination of grief, guilt, loss, depression, and pain that put her on the road to relapse into the drug addiction that eventually took her life.
During the hour before facing the press Bette asked Tina to join her so they could talk to Angie together. Angie assured them that she was okay. “I don’t want you quit Mama B. You’re doing this for Auntie Kit right?”
“Then you need to finish what you started. Isn’t that what you always tell me? Besides Auntie Kit wouldn’t want you to give up without a fight.”
“No, she wouldn’t. Thank you, Ang. I love you baby.”
“I love you too Momma B, and I love you Momma T. I can’t wait to see you. Will you be there when I get home?”
“Of course, angel. We will call Shane to bring you home as soon as the reporters leave. I love you too, and I can’t wait to see you.”
“You know Uncle Shane let me drive her Jeep today.”
“We heard about that. We’ll talk when you get home.”
“Okay Momma B. Good luck.”
“Thank you, sweetheart. Bye.”
Bette hung up the speaker phone and smiled at Tina. Both had unshed tears in their eyes.
“Thank you for being here Tee. It means a lot to both of us.”