Mx. East Bay Drag and Mx. Retrograde perform at Rise Up Fest!

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Mx. East Bay Drag and Mx. Retrograde perform at Rise Up Fest!

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Mason Montano, TBD

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This past Friday, August 30, Pinole Valley High School’s very own Mx. East Bay Drag and Mx. Retrograde performed at Rise Up Fest!, a fundraiser to help benefit homeless Queer youth put on by Rainbow Community Center’s youth program. The event was hosted by youth director Daphnee Valdez, with help from staff members Niq Muldrow and Christian Aguirre, at the Walnut Creek United Methodist Church and featured a variety of vendors and amazing performances by talented Queer youth.

Mx. East Bay Drag; consisting of PV alumni Pink Melancholy (Paul Aguirre), Starry Blush (Athena Fibanocci), and Leo Hosley; and sophomores Champagne Lolita (Camille Rhodes), Genie (Asia Gant), and Manifest Destiny (Nix Tiger); opened the show with a fresh and exciting performance of a mash-up of well-known pop songs, including and Britney Spears’ “Toxic” and “Ariana Grande’s “God is a woman”. Our Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) was also one of the vendors. Their table was managed by senior Frank Ochoa.

Mx. Retrograde (Mason Montano a.k.a. me) followed with a haunting performance of Madonna’s “Goodbye to Innocence”. A rare track for a one of a kind individual.

The remainder of the night featured performances from singer-songwriter VEC, drag king Alex U. Inn, dancer Jada Love Mercado, and singer Lae’liana Brooks with help from Niq Muldrow on guitar; silent auctions; raffles; and giveaways.

In the end, the event raised almost $5,000 dollars to help house, cloth, feed, and provide transportation for Queer youth in need.