When Mother Nature gave the East Point Possums the weather finger as they prepared to open their annual fundraiser on Saturday, they had this message: You can’t keep a good drag queen (or king) down.
So after the clouds parted and the rain passed, the 14th Annual East Point Possums Show livened up downtown in the city southwest of Atlanta and once again pulled off the largest drag show this side of the Starlight Cabaret at Pride.
In the process, the dozens of queens – some more seasoned than others; some with more elaborate performance numbers; all with a ton of fun – completed a nearly three-hour show that attracted hundreds of people and raised an estimated $11,000 for the Atlanta Pride Committee and the MISTER program of Positive Impact.
The show also served as the kick off to Stonewall Week, a series of events to commemorate the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall Riots. It also keeps gay Atlantans entertained until we celebrate Pride in early October.
The possums show, though, isn’t the only drag you’ll see during Stonewall this year: On Saturday, a trio of Atlanta’s most well-known drag queens will headline a special Pride primer that will mix gay history with the panache that only these queens can muster.
Stonewall/Pride History 101 at Jungle includes Bubba D. Licious, the longtime emcee for the Pets Are Loving Support monthly bingo fundraiser, former Armorette Wild Cherry Sucret and Rapture Divine Cox, a member of the Atlanta Sisters who captured her own crown during the most recent round of Dragnique. Both Sucret and Cox were on hand for the Saturday’s show in East Point.
Photos by Brent Corcoran, RNZ Photography