Entertaining for a Cause
A year after the start of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the United States, Paul Foltz and others founded Lily White & Company, which performed from 1982 into the late 1990s. Formed with the intention to raise funds for HIV/AIDS and LGBTQ+ organizations, this troupe of drag performers toured throughout Pennsylvania and the United States.
The members of the troupe believed one of their main goals to be upheld was “to produce events that typify the Gay culture…” The success and range of places the organization traveled to show that drag was becoming a vital part of the community. Not only as a form of entertainment, but as a way to express alternative forms of gender expression.