Atlanta’s drag performers rallied again for Ashley Kruiz on Wednesday during an emotional show that served as a send off for the entertainer who died three days earlier.
The memorial benefit at Burkhart’s was the first of three scheduled to raise funds to help pay for medical and funeral expenses for Kruiz. The longtime drag queen died on Sunday after battling pneumonia for days in Grady’s Intensive Care Unit.
The tears came early and often during the show, including somber moments when Charlie Brown addressed Kruiz’s roommate and Nicole Paige Brooks offered a toast with the crowd (see video). Brown helped host the show with Shavonna B. Brooks and Angelica D’Paige.
Other benefits are set for April 10 and April 19.
UPDATE: Organizers announced late Thursday that more than $3,600 was donated during the event.
The guys behind the gay-owned Guac y Margys are pushing hard to bring margaritas to the Beltline in June. And they are asking for help to close out an online campaign to raise funds to build the new restaurant's patio and bar. READ MORE »
Atlanta police arrested a 54-year-old Uber Eats driver for allegedly sexually assaulting a mentally disabled man in a bathroom at the popular Southwest Atlanta restaurant where he worked. READ MORE »
No matter how we try, nobody's gender expression is going to please everyone. When falling outside the 'expected,' it's paramount to serenity to value our own standards. READ MORE »
Valerie Vie wants a rematch. So the attorney dusted off her campaign playbook from 2016 and is running again for a seat in Georgia House, this time hoping to beat the attorney that defeated her two years ago. READ MORE »
Winter is a memory, spring is here, and Atlanta Bear Pride is coming for you this weekend. Bears, cubs and more furry beefcakes come out of hibernation for parties at multiple venues. READ MORE »