Want to help the Orlando community, but not quite sure how? We have compiled some ways you can help make a difference during their time of need.
1. Donate directly to the Equality Florida’s official GoFundMe page.
Click on the link above to find out more information on Equality Florida’s efforts.
2. If you are a performer, donate your time and talents.
Many are affected by the events of last weekend. Not only will your talents help raise money for a great cause, but will lift the spirits of many in our community.
There are a number of drag shows and open stages currently raising thousands of dollars in one night for Orlando’s victims and their families (see below for growing list of shows). Reach out to your local show coordinators if you want to participate.
3. If you aren’t a performer or can’t participate, go to shows and benefits.
A number of bars and communities are putting together shows and benefits, and if you can’t donate your talents, why not come and support your talented friends?
Luckily we have a few Pennsylvania shows listed below in next few weeks (list will be updated periodically to include new shows):
June 17 — Inferno at Heat nightclub, Wilkes Barre
June 18 — Mandatory Community Service Show to Benefit Orlando Victims Fund at Blue Moon, Pittsburgh
Featuring Janet Granite, Dixie Surewood, Bambi Deerest, Bebe Beretta, Cundy Crochford, Just Jingles, Moon Baby, Nathanael Bruni, Marcus Joel Kim, Lori Howsare, Suzeed Long, Cat Conley, Emily Gigler with more to be announced. Message Janet on Facebook if you wish to be a part of the show.
June 25 — Orlando Benefit Show at Escapade, Altoona
Featuring: Jacklyn Adams, Kassidy Fyre, Tempest Bliss, Miss Laurel Highlands 2016 Coco Bongo, Ivanna Coxxx, Miss Pickles, Kandy Kuntz, Link’s Miss WOW Wednesday Desiree Storm with other quest performers
June 25 — We Are Orlando Benefit Show at Cruze, Pittsburgh
Featuring: Blade Mathews, Sonia Maybottom, Angel DoEve, Roxxie Thunder, Riley Encounters, Devon Orel, Vin Dictive, Cherri Baum, Akasha, Gabby Barrette, Lynn and more to be announced
July 21 — Philly4Pulse in Philadelphia
Featuring shows by various talented performers and donations from businesses in Philly — more details to come, follow the event page for up-to-date information
4. Use your talents or donate your time in other ways to help out.
Many of these shows will most likely need help in setting up their space to accommodate for the large crowds. If performing isn’t your thing, offer your time to help set up or tear down after the show.
Or if you know a drag queen, offer to be their dresser or emotional support for the night. Emotions are already high on a regular show night, and chances are they are helping to organize a show with stress levels higher than normal. They may appreciate the helping hand.
If you have a special talent, such as photography, use it as an outlet to donate to the cause. David Allyon is doing that with his award-winning photography of drag queens such as Peaches Christ and Bob the Drag Queen in his Posters for Pulse. The posters cost $15 and feature a number of drag queen favorites in amazing posters. All proceeds will be donated to the Pulse victims fund.