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Drag Shows Are a Happy Distraction

There are plenty of ways to fill the free time during social distancing: learning how to cut your hair, having a virtual movie night, texting your ex. But to all my 9-to-5 friends who are never able to make it out on a school night for a drag show, might I suggest you dig into your fresh stash of weed, get all dressed up like you’re hitting the town, and tune in to livestream entertainment from drag queens from the comfort of your apartment?

Since nightlife in New York has essentially shut down, drag queens are among the many people in the service industry who are out of work. Last week, the usually large audience turnouts at events like RuPaul’s Drag Race viewing parties started to dwindle. Then, as the possibility of a shelter in place order loomed, all of their shows were canceled. This prompted queer people with a large platform, like Netflix’s Fran Tirado, to crowdsource funds for the community.

But even in times of crisis, drag queens know how to make people smile. These days, they’re getting even more creative on social media. Below are a list of drag shows to watch — keep checking back as we update the list. As always (and now more than ever), tip your queens!

Oops! Social Distancing Edition

When: Every Wednesday starting March 18 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: Instagram Live (@iamwestdakota @harajukubk)
How to tip: Venmo (@oopsgirls)

Drag Aerobics: Live in Your Living Room

When: Every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. ET
Where: Instagram (@dollytrolleydrag)
How to tip: PayPal (DollyTrolley)

Digital Drag: An Online Drag Show

When: Friday, March 20, March 27, and April 3 at 10 p.m. ET
Where: Twitch (@biqtchpuddin)
How to tip: You can tip from the Twitch website; each performer’s payment info will be provided during the show.

Club Koi

When: Thursday, March 26 and April 9 at 8 p.m. ET
Where: Instagram (@clubk0i)
How to tip: Watch the show for individual payment info.

Digital Drag Fest

When: Friday, March 27 to Sunday, April 5
Where: Stageit
How much: $10 fee

Goddess: World Wide Wig

When: Wednesday, April 1 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Twitch (@goddesstheshow)
How to tip: You can tip from the Twitch website; each performer’s payment info will be provided during the show.

Princess

When: Thursday, April 2 at 9 p.m. ET
Where: Twitch (@princess4evr)
How to tip: You can tip from the Twitch website; each performer’s payment info will be provided during the show.

Baby Tea Brunch

When: Saturday, April 25 at 1 p.m ET
Where: Check Instagram (@charleneincarnate @tylerjashley)
How to tip: Venmo (@charleneincarnate @tylerjashley)

Drag Shows Are a Happy Distraction