There was an epic concert in Minneapolis last night for Puerto Rican disaster relief organized by none other than Phi Phi O’Hara (who worked in association with Flip Phone Events, an LGBT promotions company). Twenty-eight Drag Race drag queens – including Bob the Drag Queen, Katya, Alexis Michelle, Jiggly Client, Chad Michaels, Ginger Minj, and emcee Naysha Lopez – performed at the prestigious First Avenue club (where Prince got his start), bringing in an estimated $50,000. Organizers hope to raise Phi Phi’s fundraising goal of between $75,000 and $100,000 when all is said and done. And a great night was had by all.
The performers all donated their time, as well as tips and merchandise sales. Several had connections to Puerto Rico, including Yara Sofia, who was born on the island. Her infamous catch phrase—”Echa pa’lante” (or “keep moving forward”)—has a deeper meaning since Hurricane Maria.
And O’Hara hopes to keep moving forward with her charitable work, perhaps reuniting the queens for benefits for HIV/AIDS and breast cancer.
“Queens United is a great name,” she says. “I hope we bring it back. Because our president is not doing his job, we have to step up to the plate.”
“I’m totally breaking brand for this,” O’Hara told NewNowNext backstage at First Avenue. “It’s powerful. It’s showing how much power one person can do, whether you have a TV persona people like or not. This is reality.”
Check out some Insta love below.
This……I am at a loss for words……the power we have to make a difference…..AND WE DID IT!! Beyond grateful, happy tears! We raised IN JUST TICKET SALES ALONE…. $50,000!!!!! I can’t wait to tally up the rest of merch, tips etc! THANK YOU WORLD for coming out and showing up to this historical event! The RPDR alumni that showed up tonight, the girls that tweeted, the girls that donated….THANK YOU FOR USING YOUR VOICE AND PLATFORM TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE, I have never been more proud to be a Drag Race Girl. Tonight I hope this inspires the world that when someone needs help….YOU HELP! Also thank you @flipphoneevents!! I could not have done this without you! Love you so much Chad! WE AS HUMANS ARE POWERFUL PEOPLE….AND THIS IS WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE WHEN POWERFUL PEOPLE DO SOMETHING AMAZING! So proud!
Tonight was simply incredible. What an amazing show. 28 queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race and 10+ of our incredible local queens from here in Minneapolis. All proceeds, tips included, going directly to aid hurricane relief in Puerto Rico. Never have I been more proud to be a part of the LGBT community. We queer folks get shit done! 🇵🇷 Thank you to @phiphiohara and @flipphoneevents for making this all happen! #queensunited #queensunitedreinasunidas #puertorico #twincitiesdrag #minneapolis
Because I cannot get over this freaking goergous human!! @chadmichaelsallstar was stunning tonight for #queensunited! I will never be over getting to watch this queen SLAY! #queensunited #iamsoinlovewithchadmichaels #probablymyfavoritequeen #whoamikidding #sheismyfavorite #thereasonifellinlovewithdrag #juststunning