In the wake of Tennessee's recent passage of anti-trans and anti-drag bills, the drag community is mobilizing to help fight back against the latest wave of Republican-backed discriminatory legislation, with even RuPaul having most recently decried it as "a classic distraction technique" from "the real issues that they were voted into office to focus on."
Now, the New York City nightlife community is pulling out all the stops to help raise funds for local and national organizations pushing back against anti-trans bills with the mother of all benefits.
Organized by drag performer Julie J and producer Aaron S. Hock, "Stand Up NYC: A Benefit for Our Trans & Drag Family in Tennessee & Beyond" is set to take place March 21 at Brooklyn venue 3 Dollar Bill. The benefit will feature over 200 performers and nightlife icons pulled from across the community, including current RuPaul's Drag Race contestants and alums Marcia Marcia Marcia, Olivia Lux, Luxx Noir London, Jax and yet-to-be-announced mystery headliners, as well as local legends such as Marti Gould Cummings, Rify Royalty, Janelle NO.5 and more.
Proceeds from the night's festivities will go towards benefitting organizations working on the ground to support the LGBTQ+ community including the ACLU of Tennessee, Black Trans Liberation and the Trans Formations Project. In addition to the night's entertainment, the benefit will feature raffles and offerings from local vendors, all of whom have agreed to donate a portion of their sales to the previously named organizations.
Tickets for the event sold out in less than 24 hours, but a very limited amount of additional tickets will be available here as they become available.
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