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CHRISTMAS Yaas!A Drag Queen Christ-

mas — The Naughty Tour is back for another magical and hilarious evening of holiday performances featuring some of your favorite queens from the Emmy Award-winning TV series. Performers ready to “sleigh it” on Thursday, December 12 at L.A.’s Or- pheum Theatre will be Latrice Royale, Thorgy Thor, Willam, Lady Bunny, Manila Luzon, Shuga Cain, Shea Coulee. And featuring your ho-ho-hostess with the mostest, Nina West. All ages are welcome, but the show does contain adult content. VIP tickets includes a premium reserved seat in the first few rows on the main floor, plus meet all the queens and take pictures (before the show), score autographs, receive an official tour poster and customized laminate with lanyard.


by jay jones

One of the Long Beach LGBTQ

community’s favorite and most talked about events, It’s a Drag to Give is a charity bash featuring drag performances by outstanding community members and leaders. This unforgettable night helps to bring our community together to celebrate diversity and love and to support the important work of four Long Beach nonprofits:Beacon for Him, The LGBTQ Center of Long Beach, Long Beach Immigrant Rights Coalition andWomenShelter of Long Beach. This year’s festivities, held onFriday, December13 at the Long Beach Convention Center, will be hosted by local drag divas and community activists Jewels and Mia Farrow. Performers include Justin Potier, board chair and president of The LGBTQ Center Long Beach; Jennifer Kumiyama, special project manager for the First District Council Office; and Isa Rached, founder of It’s a Drag to Give and CEO of the “B” Room Salon.

Sweeten up your holidays with Stepping Stone of San Diego. Dust off that favorite cookie recipe and treat yourself at the nonprofit’s annual Open House & Cookie

Exchange onSunday, December 15. This is your chance to tour their outpatient facility and swap some scrumptious confections from 2 to 4 p.m. Stepping Stone is an alcohol and drug recovery agency that offers a variety of treatment and recovery programs incorporating evidence- based best practices.

GAY MEN’S SPIRITUAL RETREAT SPAGHETTI DINNER Founded in 1991, the Gay Men’s Spiritual Retreat (GMSR) seeks to enhance the spiritual lives of gay men. The GMSR sponsors retreats and related ac- tivities so gay men can examine and improve their spirituality in a manner that seems best to them. This month, Gay Men’s Spiritual Retreat is holding a fundraiser featuring a hearty down-home Italian spaghetti dinner with all the fixings on Saturday, December 14 at the San Diego LGBT Community Center in Hillcrest. After filling your belly with delicious pasta, enjoy some fun entertainment, a live and silent auction, and much more. Buon appetito!


Spangle a furry and fabulous Santa suit, festive long-johns or strip down into some holiday undies to join this jingle bell jog through West Hollywood onSaturday, December 14. Men’s Health Foundation’s fabulous fun run, the Santa Strut, is a 1-mile(ish)

costume fun-run benefiting testing, treatment and support services from Men’s Health Foundation. Naughty or nice, young or old,

fresh-faced elf, spry snowman (or woman), silver fox, or mama/papa polar bear -- everyone is welcome to participate. Whether you walk, skip, hop or hustle, every participant gets a personal fundraising page to benefit Men’s Health Foundation, an organization making

life-changing impacts for men-at-risk across Los Angeles. Their SoCal Club is a safe space focused on young queer people, ages 12 to 29,

focusing on health and wellness through community, education and empowerment in South L.A. SoCal Club provides access to fitness and supportive services, personal and professional development, and healthcare and disease prevention. Stick around after crossing

the finish line for drag brunch at The Abbey Food & Bar in WeHo.

A Children’s Holiday Magic

Project, Inc. fundraising gala and CD release party celebrating the gifted singers, songwriters and storytellers who made this year’sHoliday Magic, A Gift for Children of All Ages possible. The magical radio show style recording is gifted to hospitalized children around the world, creating smiles when smiles may be hard to come by. Enjoy live music, a three-course dinner, drinks, a silent auction, wine pull, photos with Santa and more. Plus, all attendees will have a downloadable version of the recording for themselves.Sunday, December 15 at MA4 in San Diego.


RAGE monthly | December 2019


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