Regina mayor Sandra Masters is joining two city councillors, a sitting MLA, and media personalities to dress up in drag for a youth home fundraiser at the end of August.
“If I reach my next $5,000 fundraising milestone, Katy will perform with me at the show on August 28….Thank you to everyone who has supported me and Lulu’s Lodge so far in this fabulous fundraising event!”
Funds will go towards Lulu’s Lodge a Regina LGBTQ2S+ youth home operated by The John Howard Society of Saskatchewan. The lodge is a 5-bedroom supportive transitional home for homeless LGBTQ2S+ youth aged 16-21. It provides youth with live-in mentors, guidance and support with education, physical health, mental wellness, family reunification, legal matters, advocacy, employment, and life skills.
Masters says if she raises $1,000, she can enter the competition, but $2,000 empowers Katy Hairy to “help me with everything drag.” A cool 5G gets Masters on stage with Hairy, but $10,000 would buy her out of the competition.
According to the event page, a total of 12 Regina celebrities will take the stage in full drag for the sold-out event. Other celebrities include city councillors John Findura and Shanon Zachidniak; NDP MLA Trent Wotherspoon and his wife Stepanie; former Saskatchewan Party MLA Tina Beaudry-Mellor; CTV personalities Nelson Bird and Morgan Campbell and former CTV reporter Sabeen Ahmad; Global reporter Connor O’Donovan; Pam Klein, president of the Phoenix Group, which is Saskatchewan’s largest advertising firm; and Nathan Morrison, the Manager of Events and Partnership Programs at Tourism Saskatchewan.
Other drag mentors include Diana Frost, Delorass Binn, Ben Danthrust, Nick Knockers, Sandy Beeches, Olive Pitt, Yada Ya-Oughta Book Ahead and Stan Strong. The winning contestant will be crowned Mr./Ms./Mx. Walk the Walk 2021.
Flo Mingo will host the event. The drag queen reported on Facebook that the mayor also attended the monthly SweetNSticky drag show at the Cure Kitchen and Bar on August 1 and gave Flo “the biggest hug.” Flo also gave thanks to The Breadbasket Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, a group of drag nuns in attendance.
After months of debate, Regina City Hall is expected to formally ban conversion therapy on August 11. The bylaw would align with Bill C-6 introduced by the Liberal government. The legislation would ban people from counselling that would discourage homosexual behaviour, attempt to reorient sexual orientation or influence a transgender to match their gender identity with their biological sex.
Lee Harding is a Saskatchewan-based columnist for Western Standard.