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Rupaul’s Drag Race Queens Join Call for Diversity in “We Are the World”

Please join VNSNY and Brita Filter, Nicky DollPissi MylesJasmine Rice LaBeijaCrystal DemureRoséCastrata, Lagoona Blue and Jan Sport in this rousing and heartfelt celebration of LGBTQ+ PRIDE and diversity.

As Pride events are coinciding with ongoing Black Lives Matter protests across the nation, we recognize that both movements are at their heart a rejection of humiliation and fear, and a call for human rights for all.

While there isn’t a Pride March in NYC this year due to COVID-19, the not-for-profit Visiting Nurse Service of New York—an organization of more than 13,000 staff of every race, ethnicity, color, sexual orientation and gender identity—has created an uplifting video of “We Are the World,” sung by some of New York’s top drag queens, including members of the internationally renowned cast of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

This song of inspiration and survival and its message of inclusion are now more important than ever. The Pride movement is rooted in protest, including resistance against police brutality and violence. In fact, the Stonewall Inn uprising that took place in June of 1969 and that led to the start of the LGBTQ movement was led by black and Hispanic drag queens and trans women.

It’s the mission of VNSNY – and has been for 127 years—to support the health and well-being of all New Yorkers, which includes fighting discrimination and health disparities for all of our communities.