Reaching a new generation
my friend who’s here from out of town with me, I will again match whatever you make during that performance,’” Tullos said.
The Armorettes approached Burkhart’s management and got permission to go back on stage. By that time, though, most of the queens were back in their street clothes — except for Sharon Needles, whose original performance that night got the first $1,000 donation match. So back onstage she went.
“The interesting part in this particular time period [that evening] is it’s a transitional time period from people who are 30 or above, which is mostly our customers, to people who are 30 and below,” Tullos said. “The two hostesses were in boydrag. They said, ‘Hey, we have this spectacular opportunity for y’all to learn what we do. … Please donate as much as you can.’”
Tullos estimated about 40 people were in the crowd right then, and together they pulled in another $257, which was again matched by the donor. The Armorettes headed across the street to Oscar’s, their usual post-show hangout, to celebrate.
“All of us are over at Oscar’s, just hanging out, and ironically, normally Sharon — who is the one that performed both times for us — goes home. But for some weird reason, she and her husband stayed. We were talking about how amazing it was and how we’ve never had somebody personally donate that much money,” Tullos said.
The next thing they knew, another performer from Burkhart’s was dashing across the parking lot. He told the group there was a man back at the venue who wanted them to perform one more time, and he would again match their contributions.
“We were like, are you fucking kidding me? Are you serious? Literally, all of us completely leave our tabs, our drinks over at Oscars. We like, completely leave all of our shit at Oscar’s and run across the parking lot,” Tullos said.
Again, The Armorettes requested permission to perform, and again, management told them to get onstage. Sharon Needles, still the only queen in drag, got up to per-
— Kyle Tullos, social media and marketing director for The Armorettes