The competition is fierce on RuPaul’s Drag Race, but these queens take care of their own.
On Tuesday, Shangela, Jaidynn Dior Fierce, Jasmine Masters, Latrice Royale and Mrs. Kasha Davis teamed up with Dallas drag queens at a benefit to help save the family home of Drag Race sister Kennedy Davenport.
Kennedy’s drag mother, Kelexis Davenport, hosted the event, which brought more than 15 queens entertainers to the Brick Bar on Wycliff Avenue.
A final four contender on Season 7, Kennedy has been taking care of her family since her father’s recent death. She’s been caretaker to two sisters—one with special need and the other with serious health issues—and her two nieces.
Unfortunately, Kennedy (a.k.a. Reuben Asberry Jr.) learned her late father hadn’t paid the mortgage on their family home, and the bank was demanding a lump-sum balloon payment of $30,000 or it would foreclose in 45 days.
“I’ve always worked hard to provide for myself and my sisters,” said Davenport, “but the bank wants it all now and I just don’t have it.”
A GoFundMe campaign launched last month has garnered more than half the $30,000 needed. And Kennedy’s extended drag family stepped up to help get them across the finish line.
“I was really touched to see my Drag Race sisters and local drag family show up for me.”
All of the entertainers donated their time to the cause, and 100% of the proceeds went to fundraising efforts.
“We’ve all contributed, but we knew there was more we could do,” said Shangela. “We love entertaining our fans so we figured why not unite and combine our efforts to raise more.”
“Just because a person was on a reality show doesn’t mean they’re suddenly rolling in money,” added Latrice Royale. “We’re real people who sometimes run into real tough situations, and I think it’s amazing how fans around the world have gotten behind Kennedy to help save her home. I couldn’t miss tonight.”
The benefit raised nearly $4,000, but more donations are needed to help Kennedy keep her home. You can help by making a contribution on her GoFundMe page. It might help get you on Santa’s “nice” list.