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Gaysha Starr's Bedazzled raises $2,600 for GLSEN
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Gaysha Starr's Bedazzled raises $2,600 for GLSEN

by Shaun Knittel - SGN Staff Writer

If there's one thing Seattle drag sensation Gaysha Starr knows, it's how to throw a party. But every now and then, even a pro like Gaysha turns it up a notch, and turn it up she did on January 23, when Gaysha Starr teamed up with Seattle Gay News, Neighbours Nightclub, and some of the best drag queens in the Pacific Northwest for Bedazzled, a fundraiser to benefit the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network (GLSEN) Washington State.

Between private donations and a very successful auction, the event raised $2,600 for GLSEN, which works with LGBT youth in schools and envisions a future in which every child learns to respect and accept all people, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity and expression.

Gaysha, host of the Legendary Lip-Sync Contest at Neighbours, told SGN she wanted to throw a birthday party to remember. In keeping with the proud history of Seattle drag queens who have raised money for LGBT organizations, she decided to turn her birthday party into a fundraiser for GLSEN. In recent months, the Seattle drag scene has seen a resurgence in popularity - thanks in no small part to Neighbours Nightclub and Gaysha herself - so she decided to invite some of the best drag entertainers in the Seattle area "on one stage for one night." Thus, Bedazzled was born.

Guests were asked to donate a minimum of $5 at the door and, if they were able to, bid for auction items that ranged from flashy jewelry to a stone Buddha.

The night's entertainment was topnotch. Bedazzled featured the campiest of camp, the best of cabaret, and glamour galore. There's something wonderful about a good drag show, but if you are lucky enough to get Whitley Lexington, Coco Vaughn, Divonne Lexington, Fendi, Jada Lumpia, Jenuwine Beaute, Kristara, LaTrina Bidet, Nina Maxwell, Paloma, Rosita and more under one roof, the night becomes something more; it becomes magical.

Joining the lineup were Lily Armani, Miss Neighbours 2009 and host of unTucked at Neighbours, and the larger-than-life Glamazonia, Miss Gay Seattle 2009. Doubling as performers and presenters, the couple raised a whopping $700 during the auction.

What contributed to Bedazzled's success was the feeling of community at Neighbours on Saturday night. All the letters of our beloved LGBT community were present to wish Gaysha a happy birthday and to raise money for GLSEN Washington State. Seattle's drag queens have more than pretty faces; they come together time and time again to give back to the community they are a part of. With Gaysha Starr at the helm and with help from the other fabulous queens, the drag scene is back and better than ever!

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