When some people stare down the prospect of turning 30, they stumble and wonder if their gay life is over. Not Justin Ziegler, who corralled drag queens, four guys in their briefs and scores of friends for a fundraiser.
The LGBT activist (second photo) turned 30 earlier this month and instead of lamenting the date, he threw “A Very Dirty 30: JZ’s Milestone Birthday Party” at Jungle on Aug. 5. The former AID Atlanta outreach coordinator, former Atlanta Cotillion debutante and current Atlanta Executive Network executive director used the occasion to raise funds for AID Atlanta.
DJ Vicki Powell was on hand to handle the music, which was in great demand as a string of drag queens took to the stage, including Bubba D. Licious, Mary Edith Pitts, Wild Cherry Sucret, 2010 Cotillion deb Michel’le VonSeco, Nicole Paige Brooks and a few Armorettes. Entertainer Barry Brandon also performed.
“Bringing people together from all aspects of the community is just what I do,” Ziegler told Project Q Atlanta ahead of the event. “A lot of my life is centered around the community, and putting up a fight for things that need to be fought for, so I wanted to have a good party where everyone leaves feeling good about being there.”
The evening also included an underwear contest that featured four not-so-bashful guys who stripped down on stage for cheers, tips and a few prizes.