A women’s shelter in Arkansas will host a “family-friendly” drag show featuring drag queen headliner “Crystal Methyd” and at least 16 other drag queens as part of an LGBT event open to all ages on the afternoon of June 5.
The Northwest Arkansas Women’s Shelter will host “You Belong,” a community resource fair at The Momentary, a satellite to Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and contemporary art space at a decommissioned cheese factory in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas.
The event will feature multiple pop-up performances from at least five local drag queens and will welcome “all to gather in support of the LGBTQ+ community,” The Momentary said.
“The day will be filled with friendship, education and support resources from local partners, survivor testimonials, family-friendly art activities, food trucks,” and music from a DJ, the venue added.
In the evening after the event, the NWA Women’s Shelter will host its second annual drag show fundraiser, “Purple Reign” presented by Skittles.
The drag show will be headlined by Crystal Methyd, who was a season 12 runner-up of RuPaul’s Drag Race, as well as eight local drag queens.
“This event is ground-breaking and long overdue,” said Joey Baker or local drag queen Inertia.
“Our passion for this event comes out of our core belief that ALL people deserve to live lives free from violence and assault,” said Stacy Seger, the NWA Women’s Shelter’s developmental director. “We want our siblings in the LGBTQ+ community to know that we see you, we believe you, and we honor you. We have a place for you.”
All profits from the event will benefit the women’s shelter.
“Domestic Violence affects the LGBTQIA+ community at rates significantly higher than any other demographic community,” the NWA Women’s Shelter said in a post announcing the event, saying the event will “bring awareness and resources to our community.”
“Stop by for an inclusive day of music, community, and good vibes,” the shelter said.
Additionally, there will be several “educational resources and community partners in attendance,” including the Human Rights Campaign, the Arkansas Department of Health, the Children’s Advocacy Center, and at least two legal groups, The Momentary said.
Recently, a PBS station in New York came under fire for airing a children’s program that showed drag queen Lil’ Miss Hot Mess singing and reading from a book titled, The Hips on the Drag Queen Go Swish, Swish, Swish. The program, called “Let’s Learn,” was produced in part by the New York City Department of Education for children as young as three.
Earlier this month, Haddonfield, New Jersey residents criticized an upcoming drag queen children’s story hour scheduled for June, leading to an emergency meeting of the Haddonfield Public Library board.
Residents expressed concerns that the Drag Queen Story Time event “would expose kids to sex at an early age,” Haddonfield Library Director Eric Zino said, according to NJ PEN.
The library was asked whether the event “would be a live sex show, or simply a reading of children’s books, with no sex acts being performed, discussed, simulated, or referenced in any way,” Zino said.
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