RuPaul’s Drag Race star Phi Phi O’Hara has announced a drag benefit show to raise funds for Puerto Rico. The show, titled Queens United/ Reinas Unidas, will take place Nov. 6 in Minneapolis (venue TBA) and features a superstar roster of queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race.
“It doesn’t take money to show compassion and empathy for people who are struggling in Puerto Rico,” O’Hara comments. “What it does take is a leader to help rebuild and show the people of Puerto Rico that they matter and we as humans, no matter race, sex, gender, religious background, see someone struggle, you put out a hand to lift them up.”
All proceeds from the show — tickets, meets and greets and merch sales — will go to Somos Una Voz, a relief initiative started by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. The foundation is rushing food, shelter, medicine, power and means of communication to Puerto Ricans in need after the island’s devastating natural disasters.
“My husband is Puerto Rican and has family members still on the island that he has yet to hear from so this hits close to home,” O’Hara explains. “In addition, I have been lucky to be apart of RuPaul’s Drag Race where our very own alumni are currently stuck on the island with no help.”
The show features an impressive lineup and will likely grow closer to the show as other queens reschedule bookings. At time of writing, confirmed performers include: Acid Betty, Alexis Michelle, Chad Michaels, Cynthia Lee Fontaine, Darienne Lake, Farrah Moan, Ginger Minj, Jade Jolie, Jade Sotomayor, Jessica Wild, Jiggly Caliente, Kimora Blac, Naysha Lopez, Nicole Paige Brooks, Madame LaQueer, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, Mrs. Kasha Davis, Mystique Summers, Ongina, Pandora Boxx, Phi Phi O’Hara, Trinity Taylor and Yara Sofia. Lineup is subject to change.