Sasha Velour, Peppermint, Strike A Pose For The Ali Forney Center

The New York dolls appear in "Drags," a sumptuous new coffee-table book benefiting LGBT homeless youth.

Sasha Velour hasn’t let winning Drag Race give her a big (bald) head: The New York queen is giving back to the community September 7 at a benefit for the Ali Forney Center.

The show doubles as a launch party for Gregory Kramer’s photo book, Drags, featuring Irving Penn-inspired portraits of some of New York’s most beloved drag queens and kings—including Lady Bunny, Charles Busch, Sweetie, Linda Simpson, Goldie Peacock, Wang Newton, and Season 9 standouts Aja and Peppermint.


All of the proceeds from book sales benefit AFC’s mission to help LGBT homeless youth.

Drags celebrates a community of incredibly talented artists who express their individuality and personal identity through performance and style,” said Kramer. “Everyone involved signed on without hesitation to support the Ali Forney Center.”

In addition to Sasha, performers at the benefit include Shequida, Marti Gould Cummings, Merrie Cherry, the Dueling Bankheads, Mocha Lite, Pixie Aventura, Horrorchata and Flotilla DeBarge.

“I am humbled by the love and care Gregory and every person involved with this very special project has offered us” says AFC director Carl Siciliano. “It means so much to us that so many are lending their time, resources, and talent to do something to show them they are valued and loved.”

Drags: An Ali Forney Benefit takes place September 7 at 6pm at the Highline Ballroom. Check out more images from the Drags coffee-table book below, then pre-order your copy here.

One of three photos of Sweetie in DRAGS. #sweetienyc #drags #dragqueen #bwphoto #portraitphotography #bwphotography

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Meet Wang Newton…. #dragsbook #nycdrag #dragking @drwangnewton #drags #legend #wang #nyc

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