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Drag Queen for a Day to take place at Sussex Beacon in March

Graham Robson February 14, 2023

Drag Queen for a Day (DQ4ADAY) – a free, three-day closed workshop with the theme ‘RELAX’ – is to take place at local HIV charity the Sussex Beacon on Thursday, March 23 and Friday, March 24. A third session is planned for Saturday, March 25 a local Brighton theatre – venue TBA.

Organisers say “The aim of DQ4ADAY is to address self-stigma and low self-confidence by removing the participants’ protective HIV mask and replacing it with a different mask, a mask that lets them see and interact with the world in a completely different way.

“We have recruited a selection of drag queens, artists and performers from our local area to mentor our participants. Workshop participants will be people living with HIV experiencing self-stigma and low confidence levels. Participation is free to anyone living anywhere in Sussex.”

Over the first couple of days, the group will get to know and trust each other. The group will support each other as they all learn new skills. They each develop who their own new queen is going to be and what their name is. They learn about painting a new face on and wearing a different costume. They learn about exuding confidence and moving confidently.

The third day is ‘show time’, where they put everything they have learned into a finished, beautiful queen and present who they have become as a pageant queen.

According to the organisers, the measure of success will be increased self-confidence and an attitude of “well if I did this, then I can surely do that”.

This is a closed event with no tickets available.

If you are interested in taking part, email or call on 01273 694222 and ask for Alan Spink (Ext 226).

Potential participants will then be asked to complete a short assessment. When the places are filled, names will be added to a waiting list for the next workshop later in the year.