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Youth drag show to raise funds for victims of violence

The Utah Pride Center sponsors festivals, golf tournaments, plays for worthy causes, and now the Center is sponsoring the first Youth Drag Show. The fundraising event will be held at Sugar Space, 616 E. 2190 South, Salt Lake City, on Oct. 22, 7 p.m. The show, which is open to the public, will feature queens, kings, and androgyny performing their fiercest routines, and funds will be raised for the victims of recent crimes in Utah.

“It’s not actually going to be a contest,” said Myles Davis, the youth program coordinator for the Center. “It will be an opportunity for the youth to express themselves through an art form, raise funds for a good cause and just have a great time.”

There is a suggested donation of $3 to $5, and everyone is invited, Davis said. The show will feature youth in drag performing lip-sync and showing the best they have to offer, he said.

This is the first drag pageant fundraiser done by the Center and one youth, Tomothan Keene, first proposed the idea, and is instrumental in organizing the event, Davis said.

With an expected crowd of more than 50, some of the best youth drag contestants in the area and a beautiful space, the show promises to be a success.

“It’s really the youth that are doing the organizing and coming up with the plans,” Davis said. “It’s just going to be such a great time for everyone, not just the youth. We want everyone to come and support the youth and help raise funds for the victims of recent hate crimes.”

For more information, go to UtahPrideCenter.org, or the tinyurl.com/drag4justice.

Seth Bracken

Seth Bracken is the editor of QSaltLake

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