”RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 13 Queens Stay Glam While Packing Groceries—and Raising Money—for the Center


Wearing wigs and face masks, RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 13 winner Symone and runner-up Kandy Muse spent Thursday afternoon packing groceries at the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Pride Pantry.

“What’s happening here is incredible—especially during the pandemic,” said Muse, of the Center’s pantry from where more than 24,000 boxes of food have been distributed since June 2020.

“Not everyone has the privilege of having three meals a day,” Muse pointed out. “Some people have to choose between paying their light bill and putting food on the table for themselves or their loved ones.”

Added Symone: “If we can help each other out, that’s what we should do. A lot of the people who need this food are LGBT seniors. We wouldn’t have the opportunities we have today if it were not for them.”

Every Thursday, volunteers and staff members spend the day filling bags and boxes for Friday’s distribution at the Center’s Anita May Rosenstein Campus and the pantry’s satellite locations located in Boyle Heights and South Los Angeles.

It was a busy day for the queens. They also appeared at the unveiling in West Hollywood of a mural from artist Antonio Rael celebrating theRuPaul’s Drag Race franchise.

VH1, which airs the show, is making a donation to the Center for every photo taken in front of the mural located 8180 Melrose Ave. near the intersection of Melrose and N. La Jolla until August 30.

Visitors to the mural must upload their photos onto their story, reel, or Instagram using the required hashtag #DragRaceFYCMural and required tags @RuPaulsDragRace and @lalgbtcenter.

For each post with the required hashtag and tags, VH1 will make a donation, up to a total of $5,000.

Photos by Rachel Murray/Getty Images for VH1

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