Maritime drag performers go virtual to share and connect during COVID-19

Must Read

RCMP looking for information after possible assault

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Fort St. John are investigating a late-night assault.

RCMP looking for witnesses after tanker truck fire

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - The Alaska Highway remains closed after a tanker truck caught fire near...

Caremongering Fort St John holds food drive in support of Women’s Resource Society

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. - As part of helping out the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, Caremongering Fort St....

As the novel coronavirus pandemic makes its way through the Maritimes, members of the queer community are coming up with creative ways to stay connected, share their talents and ensure the show does indeed go on.

Drag queens and kings in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick are hosting live, online performances called “Sociable Distancing” — shows that have become so popular in recent weeks, they attract upwards of 100 viewers at a time.

Now, they’re teaching other Pride groups across Canada how to host their own shows in an effort to spread their love and artwork in a time of physical distancing.

- Advertisement -

Community Interviews with Moose FM


“Our queer community is our family,” explained Jess Smith, Atlantic regional director for Fierté Canada Pride, ahead of the show on Saturday night.

“They are our mothers, our siblings, our fathers, and that’s why the last show was important to happen when it did, near Mother’s Day, to fill that void for some of the people who are missing their biological mothers. We have our chosen family.”

Story continues below advertisement

2:14New comics tackle queer body standards

New comics tackle queer body standards

READ MORE: Patrons mourn loss of one of Halifax’s only queer-friendly bars

Smith co-founded Sociable Distancing with partner Cat MacKeigan almost immediately after the lockdown began in Nova Scotia.

Advertisement


 » READ MORE FROM GLOBAL NEWS

More Articles Like This