@itsshangela, the star of HBO’s @werehere talks about activism and the launch of her @feedthequeens initiative to help feed drag performers who are struggling due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Drag queens, where do we get our livelihood? Where do we get our paychecks? It’s in nightclubs, bars, venues where we do drag brunches and bingo, restaurants — all of that was gone,” Shangela says. “So drag queens joined the 40 million people in America that were out of work, but also a lot of those queens don’t get to reap the benefits of stimulus checks. A lot of those queens depend on tips really, in order to survive. I was talking to a couple of friends of mine, drag entertainers, and they were like, ‘Girl, I don’t know if I’m going to be able to pay rent. I have to choose between rent or groceries this month.’”
Motivated to do something, she set to work on the Feed the Queens initiative, applications for which opened over the weekend, which aims to fund-raise $100,000 to help provide 1,000 or more drag queens, drag kings and trans drag performers across America with $100 food gift cards.
“Hunger has become a significant issue in the drag community. I can’t have my sisters being hungry,” Shangela says. “And I know what it’s like to need help along the way.”
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