Reach­ing a new gen­er­a­tion

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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

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