ORLANDO, Fla. — Straight allies of the LGBTQ neighborhood strutted their greatest drag getups on stage in downtown Orlando, all to boost cash for the One Pulse Foundation.
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The Straight Men Real Makeup fundraiser was held Sunday in Orlando
The event helped elevate funds for the One Pulse Foundation
In the 5 years the event has been held, it has raised about $8,000 for the One Pulse Foundation
It’s by an event going into its fifth 12 months known as Straight Men Real Makeup.
Ricky Sykes, often known as Kandi Stiletto, lip synced to Beyoncé, beaming with pleasure. He is aware of all too nicely the necessity for positivity and encouragement round this time of 12 months, and the help wanted for the One Pulse Foundation
“I used to be truly actually touched that they got here up with this group to honor those who we’ve misplaced,” Sykes mentioned. “I’ve been to Pulse earlier than.”
He’s certainly one of eight performers who took half in a tribute to the 49 victims of the Pulse capturing, who misplaced their lives practically 5 years in the past.
“What we wished to do was to ship out that message of unity and pleasure and love, and everyone coming collectively in laughter. Because I feel that it was a type of issues that, we are able to heal higher with laughter,” mentioned Andy Wright, who owns Makeup and Creative Arts, LLC, with Linda Gale Wright.
The Wrights say the suggestions they’ve gotten cuts proper to the guts of what they wish to help, and the message they wish to ship by the event.
“Our event reminds everybody about what Pulse was about — whenever you went to that nightclub, everybody was included,” Linda Gale Wright mentioned. “It didn’t matter in case you had been homosexual, straight, what shade you had been, none of that mattered. You simply went and had a extremely nice time, and it was full of plenty of love and laughter.”
Although Sykes performs professionally, this function isn’t his common.
In spite of that, he’s full of delight when he will get into his drag stride.
“I need them to know that I’m an ally. I need them to know that there’s love. Love exists. I wish to unfold the love that’s in my coronary heart to those guys,” Sykes mentioned.
Straight Men Real Makeup has raised round $8,000 for the One Pulse Foundation over the previous a number of years.