Aid­ing the fight against HIV

GA Voice - - Georgianews -

Nearly 40 years ago, six drag queens came to­gether at the for­mer Ar­mory bar to do some­thing for their com­mu­nity af­ter it be­came clear the gov­ern­ment would not.

De­spite the dark­ness of an AIDS di­ag­no­sis, The Ar­morettes wanted to “turn the dis­ease on its head” and use com­edy to lighten and brighten the mood. They gave birth to camp drag in the hopes of us­ing laugh­ter to put HIV/AIDS vic­tims in a bet­ter mind­set.

“They started it in order to not only give money to those peo­ple, but also to cre­ate a hope through­out the com­mu­nity that just be­cause you have HIV or AIDS doesn’t mean you’re black­listed or a ter­ri­ble per­son or any­thing like that,” Tul­los said.

Even their anony­mous donor in April as­sisted di­rectly in the fight against th­ese dis­eases.

In ad­di­tion to donating nearly $2,000 out of his own pocket, the donor an-

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