Friends and fans turn out for Lily White memorial

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What becomes a legend? When the legend is Lily White, it’s a roomful of faithful followers to remember the life of one of Atlanta’s most venerable drag queens.

On Saturday at Heretic, our photographer caught attendees and special guests attending the show celebrating White’s life. Marc Jones emceed the remembrances and performances by several of her drag contemporaries.

Performers included Tina Devore, Lena Lust, Charmaine Sinclair Dupree, Shawnna Brooks, Amber Divine, Heather Daniels, Versage, Tony DeSario and Ashley Nicole.

White died on June 23 at the age of 73 after a battle with cancer. She left behind a legacy of nearly 50 years challenging Atlanta’s drag norms. Her goth rock looks and irreverent attitude inspired performers from scores of local queens to movie and TV personalities like Elvira and Leslie Jordan.

In later years, she headlined shows like Foreplay. In 2012 the community rushed to support White suffered a heart attack followed by a fire that destroyed her homeDrag queens rallied with a particular show of force.

Photos by Russ Bowen-Youngblood

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