Aiding the fight against HIV
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-