Wigging Out

Queens lip-sync their hearts out to benefit GLBT youth programs

Cookie Buffet may have clawed her way through the local political arena last year, as her alter ego Christopher Dyer won a seat as an advisory neighborhood commissioner. But political responsibilities will have to take a backseat to the spotlight on Saturday, April 2, as it’s time for Wig Aid II.

“It will be 25 to 30 queens lip-synching their big hearts out for charity,” says Dyer, whose Cookie Buffet will be doing her part.

While that’s not too far off from last year’s debut at Nation, “there will be some different performers,” Dyer offers. “We’re moving it to the Blue Room. It’s going to be a dynamic spectacle of sequins and sunshine.”



Cookie Buffet

Dyer says he’s also hoping to pull in a bigger audience than last year. How much bigger? “Hmm, 400,000?” he suggests. “But I’m realistic. I imagine 500 is capacity for the Blue Room.”

Following last year’s tradition, Wig Aid II will benefit D.C.’s Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League (SMYAL) with additional profits going to the Youth Pride Alliance sponsors of Youth Pride Day.

“The Wig Aid philosophy is to have a good time and raise money for a good cause,” says Dyer. “I think it’s extremely important that we give more money to charity as a community. There are some serious funding crunches happening…. Not only is this going to be a great show, but it will raise some awareness that organizations like SMYAL, Youth Pride, Us Helping Us, Whitman-Walker Clinic, all need funds. This is a creative way of connecting the club-going community with the organizations that need help.”

Wig Aid II, Saturday, April 2, 7 p.m., in the Blue Room at Nation. $10 cover.

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