Nadine, Together With Us virtual concert honors drag queens, elderly gays

ACTRESS/SINGER Nadine Lustre and LGBTQIA+-friendly business services company TaskUs are collaborating on a virtual concert, Nadine, Together With Us, which aims to raise funds to support displaced drag artists and the elderly gay community.

The virtual concert will be streamed via the official TaskUs PH Facebook page today, June 28, 6:30 p.m.

Ms. Lustre will be joined on stage by some members of the drag community, which has been heavily affected by the coronavirus pandemic as performance venues — which served as “safe spaces” to many Filipino queer folk — have halted operations.

Ms. Lustre will perform some of her latest songs in the digital event, like “White Rabbit,” “Seconds,” “Dance with Danger,” “Glow,” and “Ivory” together with drag queens Vinas DeLuxe, Lady Gagita, and Andy Crocker.

“I have always admired drag queens and the level of artistry that they put into every look and act. It’s an art that only drag queens can pull off, so to lose them in the scene is also to lose a unique art form,” Ms. Lustre was quoted as saying in a press release.

“I am very proud to be part of a cause and help amplify the voices of our queer community. To all members of the LGBTQIA+ community, I want you to know that you are loved and valued.”

The event will also raise funds for the Home for the Golden Gays Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides support and care for elderly LGBTQIA+ people. The Home for the Golden Gays Foundation was founded in the 1970s by the late LGBTQIA+ rights activist Justo Justo.