Greensboro Drag Brunch celebrates its first anniversary
Last Mother’s Day, members of Greensboro’s LGBTQ+ community and straight allies joined forces to treat their mothers like queens for the first-ever Greensboro Drag Brunch. Now, one year later, Greensboro Drag Brunch is bigger than ever at its new and permanent venue, Chemistry Nightclub, 2901 Spring Garden St. Drew Wofford, owner of Chemistry Nightclub and a co-organizer of Greensboro Drag Brunch said the decision to have the brunch at Chemistry was natural and because the nightclub provides a safe space for the performers and attendees.
“We bounced around to different venues, and for one reason or another, it hasn’t worked out,” Wofford said. “The girls already have their dressing room here with mirrors, lighting, a stage, a sound system—it was kind of a natural fit.”
The drag brunch recently partnered with PorterHouse Burger Co., which provides the food, and Wofford said the upcoming event would be the first one to offer a buffet-style brunch. The menu for brunch will include scrambled eggs, bacon, pulled pork, barbecue red slaw, home fry potatoes, baked beans and house salad. Greensboro Drag Brunch is a monthly volunteer-run event where local drag entertainers donate their time to perform while proceeds from ticket sales benefit a local charity. The nonprofit chosen for this month is Piedmont Health Services for their efforts to assist people living with HIV and AIDS.
“We try to do it directly for a cause, or have the money earmarked for something,” Wofford said. “We try to help nonprofits that are struggling that don’t have the funding. We want to see that the money goes somewhere that can actually be used in Greensboro, have a direct effect and benefit people’s lives and make a difference.”
Greensboro Drag Brunch host and co-organizer Anjelica Dust said after one year, the community of Greensboro has been supportive of her and the drag brunch.
“It makes me feel so emotional,” Dust said. “I didn’t know how Greensboro was going to perceive this; I didn’t know if Greensboro was ready for something like this. It makes me cry honestly; I am so thankful, and I know people say this word a lot, but I really am so blessed to be able to do what I do and have people celebrate it.”
In honor of Mother’s Day, Dust said her mother, mother-in-law, grandmother-in-law and drag mother, Paisley Parque, will be in attendance, and she said there is something special planned for the moms. “We consider mom a general statement at drag brunch, you don’t have to have created a child to be a mother,” Dust said.
Dust, Parque, Ivy Carter, Tia Chanella and Vertigo Carter will be performing along with North Carolina native Stacy Layne Matthews (contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3) and Jaidynn Diore Fierce (contestant on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7).
“Stacy is amazing; one of the kindest, probably one of the most down-to-earth girls from Drag Race that I have ever met,” Dust said. “Just a beautiful person inside and out.”
Dust said Greensboro Drag Brunch makes sure there is representation for everyone, because representation matters. “Having people of color performing, I feel if you don’t do that in this day and age, you are trash,” Dust said. “We make a very conscious effort to make sure everyone is included.”
Dust and Wofford said Greensboro Drag Brunch is a social event for all ages because the content is kid-friendly.
“I am excited to have more than one time a year that kids can come [to Chemistry]” Wofford said. “We do a day party for Pride where children are welcome, but I’ll be able to have now 12 times a year where we allow kids in.”
Coming up on June 4 is the first Greensboro Drag Dinner at Chemistry with food by PorterHouse, and Wofford said children are welcome to attend, “so there will be more opportunities for under 18 LGBTs to see the space.”
There are three seatings for the drag brunch (11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.) and Wofford said there would be 100 seats available for each show.
“There are still tickets available, and each seating is about halfway sold out,” Wofford said. “This is the week that they all sell out, so get your tickets now if you want to come.”
Tickets for admission are $15, and the buffet is an optional, additional $12 for all-you-can-eat. Wofford said there is a coupon code for YES! Weekly readers for $5 off admission with the code “yesweekly.” Dust and Wofford said it is strongly encouraged for attendees to tip the drag performers, and that there is an ATM with a $1.25 service fee onsite at Chemistry. Wofford said Chemistry would have a special cocktail menu for the drag brunch (including $25 bottomless mimosas). For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website, www.greensborodragbrunch.com.
“Thanks to Greensboro for supporting us for a year,” Wofford said. “We never really thought we’d get anyone to attend, it went from one seating to two to three seatings now, and every brunch we get new faces. The attendees are what is most exciting. It is not just LGBTQ+ people that support it; amazingly, we have more straight people that come to brunch than gay people. Black, white, Asian, female, male, trans, everyone you can imagine. We have newborns and 85-year-old women that show up. It is such a mix, and it is so exciting to see all the new faces and all the people supporting drag, the LGBTQ+ community and charities. That is why we keep doing it.”
Katie Murawski is the editor of YES! Weekly. She is from Mooresville, North Carolina and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism with a minor in film studies from Appalachian State University in 2017.