December 1 is World AIDS Day. The devastating AIDS epidemic shaped culture in ways that are impossible to measure, and are often not discussed because of a persistent stigma around the disease. Fortunately, new treatments have made living with HIV manageable, but access to life-saving medications isn’t always available.
However you may choose to mark December 1, save the date on December 11 for a celebration of life and the fight against HIV. Dozens of local drag performers will take the stage at Neighbors on Capitol Hill for DIVA GLAM. The show’s title plays on MAC Cosmetics’ Viva Glam line, which has supported the MAC AIDS Fund for two decades. The inaugural face of the line was RuPaul, and other LGBTQ stars and allies have followed. Fashion forward notables include Debbie Harry, Cyndi Lauper, Shirley Manson, Dita von Teese, Boy George and, at present, Ariana Grande.
DIVA GLAM will feature its own roster of local glamazons, performance artists and members of the Imperial Court of Seattle, including DonnaTella Howe and Kimber Lee. For a full list of performers, see the Facebook page.
Proceeds from the event will support the MAC AIDS Fund. (That includes tips to the performers, a suggested $10 donation at the door and raffle ticket sales.) MAC Cosmetics will match the donations dollar-for-dollar at the end of the event, doubling your contributions. The MAC AIDS Fund supports HIV/AIDS organizations nationwide, including Seattle’s own Lifelong AIDS Alliance. Learn more about the MAC AIDS Fund online.
DIVA GLAM in support of MAC AIDS Fund
When: Sunday, December 11, 2016. Doors open at 7pm, show at 8pm.
Where: Neighbors (1509 Broadway Ct.)