It will likely be on of the biggest gathering of RuPaul’s Drag Race alums in history and it will take place in Minneapolis. Local queer event organizers, Flip Phone, have teamed up with Drag Race star Phi Phi O’Hara to bring the stars of the hit show to a yet-to-be-announced Twin Cities venue to raise funds for Puerto Rico. In particular, proceeds from the event will benefit Somos Una Voz, a relief Initiative started by Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony. The organization “is rushing food, shelter, medicine, power, and communications to those in need from the effects of recent natural disasters in Puerto Rico.”

Hurricane Maria has left millions of U.S. citizens on Puerto Rico without power, clean water, or access to food, and the federal government response to the disaster has been heavily criticized.

According to Billboard.com, Phi Phi O’Hara announced the benefit which will be called Queens United/ Reinas Unidas. O’Hara has set up a You Caring page asking for donations to help offset the costs of the event.

23 queens have signed on to help, according to Billboard, though the outlet notes that the line-up may change. They are: 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.

“It has already been such an amazing and overwhelmingly positive response, we as a world and especially as a community are going to be able to come together and to something unlike anything before and make a HUGE difference,” O’Hara wrote on the You Caring page.

Event information can be found on Facebook.

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Andy Birkey
Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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