What happens when you take forty ridiculously fucking fierce and sickening drag queens from Philly and the surrounding tri-state area and serve them ALL up on one Red-hot Philly stage for one hell of a grand cause?
You get the most anticipated and absolutely incredible gay entertainment event of the year, gurrrrl.
Tomorrow night, you MUST chantay, vogue, twerk, walk and death drop your way over to the TLA (7 pm, 334 South St.) where the always scrumptious Cherry Pop and the always dashing Brandon Robert will be serving up the fifth anniversary gala their shimmering annual affair, Code Red.
Besides being a truly drag-licious evening that you definitely do want to miss (by the way…may you always support local drag…werk, ladies) this annual event is also in proud honor of World Aids Day(which was yesterday, December 1st, but it’s basically everyday), in which ALL proceeds from the event will be donated to Philly Aids Fund and Mazzoni Center, two outstanding Philly organizations who’re making incredible strides to support the research and dive into the truth of those pesky rumors that constantly surrounds AIDS and the HIV virus…and it’s all up to us to continue the fight and spread…that…knowledge, kween.
Also along for this love-filled local entertainment ride will be RuPaul’s Drag Race scene stealing divas Mimi Imfurst and Ongina, local dance extraordinaires Gunnar Montana and Kelly Trevlyn, and the ever so fucking fierce Candi Stratton who’s about to bring it with her always yaaas Cher impersonation.
Your hostess for the evening, Ms. Cherry Pop, will also be slaying the TLA stage for a few numbers, but before she and Mr. Brandon guide Philadelphia into the Code Red night, Cherry stopped by Philly Mixtape for a touch of tea, spilling about what this event means not just for the community but for all of us, and also shares her wisdom for those who are just simply ready to get 2017 over with..which indeed is..everyone.
For your tickets for Code Red, shimmy on over here right now and then werk your way to the TLA tomorrow night because this about-to-be spectacular event is what it’s all about, kids.
Kicking off our little spill, what does doing this event each year mean to you personally? I’m so excited that our event gets bigger each year. The community is really reacting to Code Red in a positive way. The attendance keeps rising and so does the money raised. We are seeing great impact on Breaking the Silence surrounding HiV and more people are getting tested and know their status.
Why is Code Red important for not just the gay community, but for god damn everybody in Philly and beyond? This event is not just for the LGBT, it’s for everyone, because HIV has no bias. It effects everyone. The show has a lot of information about hiv prevention and treatment options available in the community which everyone can use to better their sexual health.
One last order of business…..20 fucking 17. What are some ways that you’ve personally made it through the fire these past twelve months? And what words of encouragement would you say for everyone to just keep pushing’ on as we close out this fucking year? 2017 May have been rough for a lot of people. A lot of drama in politics, the media, in our community… my advice to anyone who may feel down or stressed, come to Code Red and unwind and have fun. The event is full of laughter, and that’s what the doctor always orders! It’s the best medicine.
And for much, much more Code Red tea, sashay here right now...and then…go.
*Cover photo courtesy of Mr. Mikel Pop*