Drag is an art form that has been making people happy for decades. Unfortunately, it’s also an art form that’s been making people unjustifiably mad for decades. Recently, more and more anti-drag legislations have been popping up around the country, such as Tennessee’s drag ban.
The Prolific TV, Film and Broadway Figure Matt Weaver (Rock of Ages, Chef’s Table, Jiro Dreams of Sushi) has decided it’s time to make a public statement to show that the majority of Americans won’t stand for this.
Tune in on May 7th for Drag Isn’t Dangerous, a live telethon created to raise awareness and funds for those who continue to be harmed by anti-LGBTQIA legislation.
Weaver is set to Co-Executive Produce the event with Management firm Producer Entertainment Group, Di Sorbetto and BC Live. The event will be hosted by Writer/Actor/Comedian Justin Martindale as well as RuPaul’s Drag Race star Peppermint.
But wait! There’s more! The event is also set to feature some incredible artists, including Charlize Theron, Leslie Jones, Margaret Cho, Trixie Mattel & Katya, Sarah Silverman, and many more.
“The nerve of these disingenuous politicians is unfathomable,” Sarah Silverman stated, regarding the rise of anti-LGBTQIA+ legislation, in the event’s press release. “The number one killer of children is guns and these NRA pawns deflect it with a completely fabricated problem that puts the drag community in danger. The hypocrisy is astounding.” We couldn’t agree more.
All proceeds from the event will be divided among approved charities that support LGBTQIA+ causes and drag performers in need, with special attention given to drag performers in states where they face discrimination and bans.
You can get tickets to this incredible (and important!) event here, and the livestream will be available to watch here on May 7th. If you’re feeling extra generous, the creators of the event also set up a pre-show donation page which can be found here.