At Mission High School on the first night of March, queens from the hit Logo series “RuPaul’s Drag Race” went back to class to teach students and teachers, alike, a little about the art of fierceness. Presented by the Queens of the Castro—a group of male drag queens that raise awareness about the differences between gender and sexuality—the “High School is A Drag: But It Doesn’t Have to Be” event reunited some of “Drag Race’s” most notorious divas in efforts to raise money for LGBTQ youth.
“I think the objective [of the organization] is to make school a safe place,” said Honda Hybrid, one of the founders of Queens of the Castro.
Hosted by season two and three contestant Shangela, the event showcased performances from a few of the seasoned queens from “Drag Race,” as well as local drag performers, teachers, and students.
Season four contestant Jiggly Caliente opened the show with a spot-on, loose impersonation of Missy Elliot (finger-waved and cropped wig included), breezing through choreography reminiscent of the “Work It” rapper. Jiggly performed her take on early 2000’s hits such as the previously mentioned, as well as “Lose Control” and the Timbaland-produced “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly).”
The mostly teen-to-young-adult audience also got to witness performances by the impeccably feisty Yara Sofia—the Puerto-Rican makeup artist and season three contestant—as well as San Francisco’s own “androDrag,” bearded-queen Grace Towers.
“It’s a huge celebration of self-expression,” Southern California performer Tammie Brown told DVPix, mirroring the sentiments of Myles Smith—a 16-year-old sophomore and aspiring drag queen who attended. Brown was also a season one contestant from “Drag Race,” known for her often-fiery-red dos and “bohemian” style.
The second annual “High School is A Drag” show was backed by big-name, local sponsors such as: Safeway, Dolores Park Café, the popular gay bar Beaux, Fitness SF, and Hot Cookie, among many others.
The show reportedly brought in approximately $12,000 in donations on Saturday night.
By: Jesse Moore
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