'Drag Race' Queens and LGBTQ Organizations Join Forces For 'Drag Isn't Dangerous' Telethon
Drag isn't dangerous, but political attacks against the LGBTQ community are.
Multiple LGBTQ celebrities, organizations and businesses are joining forces to fight the latest wave of anti-drag and anti-LGBTQ bills advancing across the country by kicking off a new campaign: Drag Isn't Dangerous, which will culminate with a one-night-only fundraising telethon where all net proceeds "go to relevant causes helping drag performers and trans people."
The initiative will be led by Producer Entertainment Group (PEG), GLAAD, Q.Digital, OUTtv, Five Senses Reeling, Trixie Cosmetics, and SERV Vodka, with additional companies to be announced.
"We are sick of it. These bans are not just about trans people or drag performers. It is a systematic subjugation of LGBTQ people," said Jacob Slane of Producer Entertainment Group, the company which manages some of the world's biggest drag stars. "Through the Drag Isn't Dangerous campaign, we want to show that drag performers are not dangerous groomers, sexual deviants, criminals or whatever is the latest evangelical slur du jour. We want to raise awareness and funds to make a difference in the lives of LGBTQ people who are under attack."
The Drag Isn't Dangerous telethon will take place online on Sunday, May 7, and it will feature a mix of live and pre-taped performances and appearances from drag performers, LGBTQ entertainers, and straight celebrity allies.
The confirmed talent list contains such big names as Alaska, BeBe Zahara Benet, Bob The Drag Queen, Brandon Stansell, Darienne Lake, Desmond Is Amazing, Divina De Campo, Eureka O’Hara, Frankie Grande, Ginger Minj, Jackie Beat, Jiggly Caliente, Jinkx Monsoon, Jujubee, Justin Martindale, Katya, Kerri Colby, Laganja Estranja, Manila Luzon, Miz Cracker, Monét X Change, Nina West, Peppermint, Salina EsTitties, Sherry Vine, Trinity The Tuck and Trixie Mattel. More stars will be announced leading up to the event.
According to the telethon announcement, "all net proceeds from the event will be divided among approved charities that support LGBTQ causes and drag performers in need, especially in states where they face discrimination and bans. None of the performers or organizers are taking fees for their work on the campaign."
“The only place where men in dresses sexualize children is church,” said Trixie Mattel, with Bob the Drag Queen also commenting, adding: “The most traumatizing thing about drag isn’t harming kids, it’s getting sent home first on Drag Race... but I can't relate."
Drag Isn't Dangerous isn't the only fundraiser fighting anti-LGBTQ legislation. The ACLU recently launched The Drag Defense Fund, which RuPaul's Drag Race, MTV, and World of Wonder donated to.
For more info and tickets to the Drag Isn't Dangerous telethon, head over to the campaign's website.