Stars of RuPaul's Drag Race Contribution for Change

- DEMI LYNCH -


Unless you've been living under a rock you've probably heard of RuPaul's Drag Race.


For over a decade drag queens from all over America and now the world have competed in the ultimate drag talent show.


Since being on the show the queens have gained ENORMOUS platforms, and many are now using their platforms to make a difference.


Many are helping those affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, raising money for charities or becoming vocal activists in the Black Lives Matter movement.



SHANGELA


Since the Covid-19 lockdowns were implemented in March many people in the entertainment industry have been left with no work.


"When the pandemic came through and shut down night life it put so many in our drag community out of work completely," Shangela says.


"Performers survive on tips from eager crowds; the situation has become dire for many."


Shangela Laquifa Wadley may be known for her "Halleloos," and for famously telling another drag queen that she "don't have a sugar daddy."


But this actor/comedian/dancer is using her gigantic platform to help drag queens who are struggling through Covid-19.

Shangela Laquifa Wadley. Source: Instagram / itsshangela

She's created a charity called FEED THE QUEENS.


And is aiming to raise $100,000 to fight hunger in the drag community.


She says she wants to help at least 100 drag queens in America who are struggling to buy food and provide them with grocery vouchers.


But Shangela wants it to be known this initiative is inclusive of all drag entertainers - drag queens, drag kings and trans drag divas.



BOB THE DRAG QUEEN + PEPPERMINT


These two legendary queens are making history!


Together they are producing the first ever annual Black Queer Town Hall.


The three day virtual event will feature performances, appearances, and roundtable discussions with black queer entertainers and activists.


Bob the Drag Queen says the event will be centred around "healing, rejoicing, mourning, and love in the Black Queer community."

RPDR Season 8 Winner Bob The Drag Queen. Source: Instagram / bobthedragqueen

Although Black Queer Town Hall will be free for us viewers, the key purpose of this event is to uplift Queer Black voices and provide them with paid work.


So many people in the entertainment industry have lost work due to lockdowns.


And Bob and Peppermint have created a funding platform so viewers can donate (if they can) which will help pay the event contributors, performers, lighting crew, editing team and producers.

Trans activist Peppermint. Source: Instagram / peppermint247

Already over $56,000 has been raised for the Black Queer Town Hall event.


The event will be streamed live from the 19th-21st of June on the GLAAD Facebook and Youtube pages.


BEN DELA CREME


This comedy queen has been using her platform to encourage followers to donate to charities involved in the Black Lives Matter movement.


How did this all begin?


Early this month Bendelacreme posted a video on social media asking her followers to donate to the black led intergenerational coalition 'Anti Police Terror Project.'

BenDelaCreme. Source: Instagram / Billboard

She asked her followers to send her screenshots of their donations.


And she promised she would match every donation up until the donation pool reached $1000.


This was a great success which led Bendelacreme to bring in other Drag Race alumni to help.


JINKX MONSOON, COURTNEY ACT, ALASKA THUNDERFUCK, BIANCA DEL RIO, KATYA ZAMOLODCHIKOVA and WILLAM have all joined Bendela's mission.


(L-R) Katya Zamolodchikova, Bianca Del Rio, Willam, Alaska Thunderfuck, Courtney Act and Jinkx Monsoon.

All the queens have been asking followers to donate to certain causes and promised they would match the total donation pool up to $1000.


In a week over $94,000 was raised by the Drag Race alumni and their followers for the Anti Police Terror Project, Black Visions Collective, Communities United Against Police Brutality, Fight Fair Action and Until Freedom.

© 2020. Demi Lynch. The Nasty Woman Club