Drag-ing It For Youth Awareness and a Christmas Parade
This Saturday, consider catching a show for a cause – ‘Drag-ing it for Your Awareness ‘and ‘Jocelyn Senn’s Annual Christmas Party’ hope to provide you a good time and give much-needed funds to Richmond’s LGBT youth center, ROSMY.
Beth Panilaipis, ROSMY’s Executive Director, said both events will support the people her group serves here in Richmond. “It’s a great opportunity to raise awareness of the issues LGBT youth face, while raising funds to support youth in the community, each other and parts of the community that are vulnerable, and LGBT youth are one of those parts.”
“Drag-ing it for Youth Awareness”, a drag show featuring performers from around the country, is working in connection with the Imperial Court of Washington, DC. Newly inducted members of the Imperial Court System, ICWDC works to raise funds and awareness for equality issues, HIV/AIDS, and other social services.
ICWDC’s royal court
‘Drag-ing it…’, hosted by Richmond’s own Jack Twist, will serve the ICWDC mission by donating all door proceeds to non-profit groups. Twist was recently crowed ICWDC’s Mr. DC Royall; though this event is part of Twist’s ‘royal duties,’ he was excited to be able to give back to ROSMY, an organization that is close to his heart. “Working with youth, it’s a wonderful group.” Twist got involved as a facilitator at ROSMY when he first moved to Richmond.
Twist worked to get people from Richmond, DC, and Charlottesville to perform, and he’s thrilled about its prospects. “It’s exciting to bring together people from DC and Richmond to raise money for a good cause,” Said Twist.
“Anything and everything is possible for the show – It will have a lot of lip-syncing – cause I’m not singing live for anybody.”
Another event, Jocelyn Senn’s Annual Christmas Party, will be held at 6pm on the same day, at 2 San Ramon Way. This event will include a boat parade and fireworks. Donations for ROSMY will be accepted.
Casa Ruby and the Mautner Project are also beneficiaries of the events. Godfrey’s is located at 308 East Grace St. The Facebook event for this can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/302236563215816/.
Francis Foy is a VCU student aspiring to become a fantasy author and full-time activist for bi/trans visibility and feminism.
Zakia McKensey, a native of Richmond, VA and has worked tirelessly to advocate for the transgender community and those affected or impacted by HIV/AIDS. Zakia started her career in HIV prevention in 2001 with Fan Free Clinic as the MSM (Men who sleep with Men) coordinator. She worked there for close to ten years. During [...]February 17, 2017
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