Project Date: 7/21/17
Project Title: Suicide is a Drag (at Northern Kentucky University)
Suicide is a Drag is an annual event that is put on for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Every year the event is put on with a different collaboration of groups and people. This year, under the direction of Lustee (the event organizer), The Cincinnati Sisters were able to join as a sponsoring organization. Over the six years of the event, it has raised over $25,000 for suicide prevention, research, advocacy, and support of suicide loss survivors.
The goal of the event is to educate and raise funds for the LGBT community and minimize suicide. The event draws in people of many genders, sexual orientations, faith practices, survivors of suicide loss, and those who have lived experience with suicide. Agencies who deal with mental health as well as local LGBTQ+ organizations joined in on the fun by providing informational tables. Besides the usual drag show, food was offered as well.
The Cincinnati Sisters had an important part of the event. In addition to serving as very visible representations of the LGBT community and helping raise more than $3,000, the Sisters also worked with those present to create memorial luminaries. The luminaries were placed around the edge of the stage to serve as a reminder that we won’t forget both the known as well as unknown persons who died by suicide.