‘Drag isn’t dangerous’: Drag queens to perform in telethon against ‘anti-LGBTQ+’ laws

Trixie Mattel
In this March 23, 2018, photo, Brian Firkus, better known as Trixie Mattel, winner of <i>RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3</i>, poses for a portrait. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

‘Drag isn’t dangerous’: Drag queens to perform in telethon against ‘anti-LGBTQ+’ laws

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A large group of drag queens, including alumni from the show RuPaul’s Drag Race, and their allies will perform in a telethon fundraiser against “anti-drag” and “anti-LGBTQ+” laws.

In a campaign titled “Drag Isn’t Dangerous,” Producer Entertainment Group , GLAAD, Q.DIGITAL, OUTTV, Five Senses Reeling, Trixie Cosmetics, and Serv Vodka have joined together to make the event happen.

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According to the campaign, a measure signed by Gov. Bill Lee (R-TN) last month prohibiting gender transition procedures for minors actually “bans age appropriate, medically necessary care to transgender youth under the age of 18.”

“These bans are an attempt to put LGBTQ+ people, particularly transgender and non-binary people, back in the closet and labeled as dangerous,” it added, also referencing the recently signed measure restricting drag performances in public.

“Drag isn’t dangerous, but these political attacks are,” reads the website.

The event will raise money for “charitable LGBTQ causes.”

It will feature a mix of live and pre-taped sets from performers such as Alaska, BeBe Zahara Benet, Bob the Drag Queen, Brandon Stansell, Darienne Lake, Desmond Is Amazing, Divina De Campo, Eureka, Frankie Grande, Ginger Minj, Jackie Beat, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Justin Martindale, Katya, Kerri Colby, Manila Luzon, Miz Cracker, Monét X Change, Nina West, Peppermint, Salina EsTitties, Sherry Vine, Trinity The Tuck, and Trixie Mattel, according to Entertainment Weekly.

Drag queens will also be operating a switchboard and taking telephone donations live.

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A description of the event says it aims to fight “back against red state tyranny.”

The campaign did not respond to the Washington Examiner’s request for comment. It is unclear whether the event will be televised or where it will be livestreamed. Tickets are being sold for the event, which takes place on May 7 at 7 p.m. for $20.

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