“Drag Race” Queens Reach Out To Gay Journalist With Terminal Cancer

Dean Eastmond even got a drag makeover from a Season 9 queen.

A young journalist who has been bravely documenting his fight with cancer on social media now has the support of some of Drag Race’s biggest stars behind him.

Dean Eastmond, who started the LGBT publication HisKind, was diagnosed with a rare type of cancer called Ewing’s sarcoma last year, and recently revealed the heartbreaking news that he only has a few weeks to live.

Eastmond previously shared that the top item on his “bucket list” would be to have every queen from RuPaul’s Drag Race paint his face. But he was shocked when he received a response from one of the queens who offered to do just that.

Season 9 star Charlie Hides was in the UK for a few shows when she saw the journalist’s tweet and suggested they meet up.

The pair made a plan and Hides made the journalist’s dream come true.

“I didn’t want to do a traditional glamour face; I wanted it to be more expressive and somehow to embody Dean’s unique energy and personality,” Hides told Yahoo! Beauty. “I know his time here on earth is limited, but his spirit will live on through his writing and through all the people he’s touched, so adding the Ankh [Egyptian symbol of eternal life] on his forehead was the perfect final flourish.”

Enjoying a perfect afternoon in the garden with @deaneastmond and Adam in Weymouth.

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Between Hides’ makeover and an interview with Attitude this summer about being “young, gay and riddled with cancer” as part of the Attitude Pride Awards, other Drag Race queens and celebrities took note and began posting words of encouragement with the message “Dean Eastmond Slays.”

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