The Drag Isn’t Dangerous livestream telethon, hosted by Justin Martindale, Alaska 5000, Peppermint, and Adam Shankman and created by Producer Entertainment Group, raised more than $500,000 for LGBTQ+ charities. The event saw performers including RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 7 winner Jinkx Monsoon, Jake Wesley Rogers, Bob the Drag Queen, and more take to the stage in both live and pre-taped performances to help raise money for organizations benefiting the queer community.
Along with performances, the event also featured a number of testimonials from LGBTQ+ entertainers and noted allies such as Margaret Cho, Adam Lambert, Charlize Theron, Sarah Silverman, and Melissa McCarthy, who spoke out against the rampant discrimination being faced by LGBTQ+ people everywhere. In one of the most blistering statements of the evening, RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage blasted state legislatures aiming to restrict drag performances.
All proceeds from the event are being split among a pool of charities, including GLAAD, GLSEN, Headcount, Black Queer Town Hall, The ACLU Drag Defense Fund, Trans Justice Funding Project, and the Victory Fund to support and defend drag performers against anti-drag legislation in states such as Tennessee and Florida.