Saks, Cinq à Sept Team Up to Support Food Bank for New York City – WWD

Saks, Cinq à Sept Team Up to Support Food Bank for New York City – WWD

@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.”⁣

Tap the link in bio for the full interview. ⁣

Report: @leighen

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