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Bianca Del Rio, Lady Bunny to host drag queen fundraiser

Bianca Del Rio and Lady Bunny will werk it while practicing social distancing when they host a virtual fundraiser for drag queens who have lost their income since bars, nightclubs, and the nightlife industry shutdown in response to COVID-19.

Bianca Del Rio and Lady Bunny will MC the show live from their respective locations in Los Angeles and New York City, and then broadcast from venues across the country (not living rooms) for performances by nine drag queens. Each presentation will be a different concept.

“Werq the World Live Stream” will take place Saturday, April 4, at 5 p.m. PST, 8 p.m. EST, for two hours. It will feature a stellar lineup of drag queen performances:

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  • Aquaria
  • Asia O’ Hara
  • Gigi Goode
  • Kameron Michaels
  • Kim Chi
  • Plastique Tiara
  • Vanessa “Vanjie” Mateo
  • Violet Chachki
  • Yvie Oddly
Bianca Del Rio Drag Queen Fundraiser

Bianca Del Rio, above, will cohost a fundraiser with Lady Bunny for drag queens who have lost their income as a result of bars and nightclubs closing in response to COVID-19. Photo: Magnus Hastings.

Registration is $11.99. The price could rise before showtime.

Fans can tip any performer they like by texting the number displayed on screen during their performance. All tips will be given to the respective drag queens, in addition to a portion of the net proceeds to be announced after the show.

Drag entertainers who have lost all income due to the shutdown of their local bars and nightclubs due to COVID-19 can apply for financial aid as a result of the benefit.

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Approved applicants will be notified in advance of the benefit.

About the author

Phillip Zonkel

Award-winning journalist Phillip Zonkel spent 17 years at Long Beach's Press-Telegram, where he was the first reporter in the paper's history to have a beat covering the city's vibrant LGBTQ. He also created and ran the popular and innovative LGBTQ news blog, Out in the 562.

He won two awards and received a nomination for his reporting on the local LGBTQ community, including a two-part investigation that exposed anti-gay bullying of local high school students and the school districts' failure to implement state mandated protections for LGBTQ students.

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