Sasha Velour, RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 champion, is taking her Nightgowns digital to celebrate its five-year anniversary and raise money for organizations that supporting Black and trans people across the country.
The digital drag production, NightGowns Forever, happened Sun, Aug. 9 at 7:00 p.m. as a three-hour virtual show featuring unreleased archival footage of 30 show-stopping sets from NightGowns’ history.
Performances streamed as part of the broadcast include those from Velour’s Drag Race sisters Shea Couleé, Peppermint, Bob the Drag Queen, Alexis Michelle, and Aja, in addition to numbers from The Boulet Brothers’ Dragula winner Biqtch Puddin’, club legend Amanda Lepore, Lypsinka, West Dakota, Zenobia, Vigor Mortis, Lucy Balls, Patti Spliff, Horrorchata, Pierretta Viktori, Francesca, Pearl Harbor, Elle McQueen, and Lady Quesa’Dilla.
Velour told EW,
There’s something so special and moving about a live drag performance in front of an audience, and the performances we selected for NightGowns Forever really capture that.”
Velour’s core NightGowns cast — namely Neon Calypso, Vander Von Odd, Sasha Colby, K.James, Untitled Queen, and Miss Malice) will host the in addition to sharing footage of their own performances.
The event was free, though a $15 suggested donation will benefit grassroots groups that redistribute money and food to Black trans people, including the Trans Justice Fundraising Project, For the Gworls, G.L.I.T.S. Inc., Brave Space Alliance, and The Okra Project.