LOS ANGELES–(BUSINESS WIRE)–As part of their shared and ongoing commitment to support and celebrate the queer community, Grindr and MISTR are teaming up this Pride season for a celebratory party series honoring the beloved community of drag artists and performers who keep Pride alive all month—and all year.
In 2021, Grindr partnered with GayCities and GoFundMe to help raise funds for the ‘Save Our Spaces’ initiative benefitting LGBTQ social venues around the country whose businesses were threatened by COVID lockdowns and closures.
This year, “God Save the Queens” will continue these efforts by rallying support around a different mainstay of the community currently under threat: the beloved drag performers who rely on freedom of expression to earn their living and keep our community proud year-round. Donations up to $25k made to the ACLU’s Drag Defense Fund will be matched by MISTR as part of their commitment to this vibrant community of artists and performers.
On Thursday, June 15, Grindr and MISTR will host 6 Pride parties at iconic queer spaces across the U.S. This campaign is more than just a party—it’s a chance to support the art form of drag, fight for equality and freedom of expression, and help queer, trans, and non-binary drag performers from all walks of life continue to do what they do best: entertain, uplift, and earn a living with their prodigious talents.
Tristan Schukraft, President & CEO of Mistr, said: “It’s more important than ever for us to step up in support of Drag Queens and everyone in the LGBTQ+ community. By joining forces with Grindr and local LGBTQ+ communities across the country, we are able to raise awareness and funds for the ACLU Drag Defense Fund, which MISTR will be matching up to $25,000.”
“Drag is the lifeblood of our community. Drag queens have long kept the community mobilized through times of both celebration and strife,” said Grindr’s Alex Black. “With this beloved art form under attack by anti-LGBTQ legislation across the country, we wanted to support and celebrate these artists and performers and help them shine brighter than ever before.
The Pride parties will be located at beloved local gay bars in Los Angeles, Chicago, NYC, San Francisco, Dallas, and Ft. Lauderdale, and each party will include: free drink tickets, Grindr Unlimited passes, merch giveaways, and performances from fabulous local drag talent. Grindr users can find all the info for their respective city’s event right in the Grindr app, and members of the community not located in one of the select cities can still support the cause by making a donation to the ACLU Drag Defense Fund here—donations up to $25k will be generously matched by MISTR.
New York City (Hardware Bar) 7-10pm
Darienne Lake – RPDR Season 6 finalist and RPDR: All Stars 8 contestant (currently airing)
Dallas (The Round-up Saloon) 8-11pm
Ra’Jah O’hara – Winner of RPDR: Canada Vs.The World, RPDR All Stars 6 Runner-up and RPDR Season 11 contestant
Ft. Lauderdale (Georgie’s Alibi Monkey Bar) 8-11pm
Roxxxy Andrews – RPDR Season 5 Finalist and RPDR: All Stars 2 Top 4 Finalist
West Hollywood (Hi Tops Bar) 7-10pm
Mayhem Miller – RPDR Season 10 contestant and RPDR All Stars Season 5
San Francisco (Hi Tops Bar) 7-10pm
Rock M. Sakura – RPDR Season 12 contestant
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