Coco Peru slays gay Atlanta for a cause at Lips

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Not content to rest on his birthday charity laurels, one gay Atlanta man and drag doyenne turned his annual celebration up a notch with drag legend Coco Peru and a host of other drag-tastic supporters.

Just a week after dragging up Lost N Found Youth’s thrift store to raise donations, Regina Cartier – nee drag dollar diva Richy Pugh – held his 5th annual Dragavanza “40th Birthday Fundraiser” at Lips Atlanta’s perfectly suited drag cabaret on Tuesday. An appreciative crowd gathered to see the headliner (top photo) and the birthday queen but got so much more to benefit Jerusalem House and Lost N Found.

The event began with a live performance by Atlanta’s own drag singing duo the Royals, aka Evah Destruction and Evelyn Caldwell. The crowd enjoyed the live Royals experience including their latest video cover single “The Boy is Mine.” In case you don’t know, we love them. They had us at “Royals” even before they “Bang Banged” into our hearts.

With a warm-up like that, Cartier could only top it with the singularly unique Peru. The legendary performer slayed the crowd with humor, song stylings and an old-school show of talent that not every queen can muster.

Don’t touch that dial! This year’s birthday fundraising isn’t over. The Coco Peru event leads into Saturday’s “Totally ‘80s Dragavanza” at Jungle. The themed drag show is scheduled as a huge blowout featuring famous and infamous performers donating to the cause. Since its inception, Dragavanza has raised nearly $26,000. Happy birthday, indeed.

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