The St. Louis LGBT community came out en masse on Sunday, December 9 to help one of their own.
Blue Fairchild is currently battling adrenal carcinoma on her lung and to help raise funds, a benefit show was held at Rehab Bar and Grill. The event, humorously titled “Kick Cancer’s Ass,” was planned by Dieta Pepsi, Velvet Love, Chad Sherwood along with Dennise Malone from the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.
“She went to them and said ‘Let’s do this to help Blue raise money,’” Shane Fairchild, Blue’s husband, recalled.
In addition to the drag show featuring Dieta, Velvet Love, Jade Sinclair, (and from Evansville, IN) Rachel Malone and Misti Dawn, there were Jell-O shots being sold, a silent auction of basketfuls of items including liquor and chocolates, and a fire troupe performance on the patio at Rehab.
Evanna Flynn and Truth or Dare Cosmetics also was on hand to sell products.
“Her boss came from out of town and set up and anything they sold, they gave too as well,” Shane said.
Overall the event helped raised $1,000 for Blue’s battle with cancer - but more importantly, it drew the LGBT community of St. Louis together, something that Shane and Blue both were hoping for.
“I think it was awesome,” Shane said. “The community came together - you had leather folks there, straight people. Blue’s son and girlfriend came from Rolla, you don’t get straighter than those two. Blue’s son was the one selling the shots! It was a mixture of everybody: trans people, gay people, lesbians, straight folks - it rocked!”
The event also helped to raise Blue’s spirit during her battle with cancer.
“She had a great time! A lot of people didn’t recognize her because she’s lost her hair and was wearing a wig. People said ‘Where’s Blue?’ I said, ‘She’s sitting right there!’” Shane laughed.
Based on the success of the “Kick Cancer’s Ass” event, and the enthusiasm from its participants, Shane thinks there may be another benefit to help Blue in the not-so-distant future.
The Fairchilds are both well-known St. Louis trans/LGBT activists and members of the community.
By MATT JAMIESON – STAFF WRITER