July 10, 2024

Best in Drag Show Returns October 6, 2024 - Tickets Now On Sale

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Joe Hui
Director of Communications


One of Los Angeles' most anticipated and outrageous events, Best in Drag Show returns to the Orpheum Theatre on Sunday, October 6, 2024. Expect the unexpected in this beauty pageant parody as contestants blur the lines between artistry and absurdity, leaving spectators both spellbound and stunned. The long-cherished show is produced by a team of generous volunteers who donate their time to support the Alliance for Housing & Healing, now a program of APLA Health, and their long-running efforts to provide essential housing services to people with HIV in L.A. County.

"We are thrilled to bring back the Best in Drag Show, a bold celebration that challenges norms — and good taste," remarked Craig E. Thompson, CEO of APLA Health. "We're proud that this event continues to amplify our efforts in providing essential housing and support services to some of the most vulnerable in our community."

Over three decades since it began as a modest fundraiser in a West Hollywood living room, Best in Drag Show continues to be a beacon of hope and support, with proceeds directly supporting services at APLA Health. The funds raised help provide stable housing, meals, case management, and essential supportive services to thousands of individuals in L.A. County each year.

"We invite attendees to witness a night where drag artistry meets unapologetic extravagance," enthused Terry D. Goddard II, Director of Alliance for Housing & Healing. "This event stands as a testament to our commitment to making a difference while celebrating the vibrant diversity of our community."

Tickets for the Best in Drag Show are now available at, with sponsorship opportunities still open for businesses and organizations looking to support this vital cause. For more information, visit



APLA Health (formerly AIDS Project Los Angeles) restores dignity and trust within underserved communities by providing world-class LGBTQ+ empowering healthcare, HIV specialty care, food, housing, and other essential support services. Since our founding in 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in our commitment to ending the HIV epidemic in our lifetime. We operate eight Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) locations in Los Angeles County, serving more than 19,000 people annually, regardless of ability to pay. Our list of comprehensive services includes LGBTQ+ primary care, dental care, behavioral healthcare, HIV specialty care, and Out Here Sexual Health services (PrEP, STD screening & treatment, DoxyPEP, and PEP). For people with HIV, our wraparound support services include housing assistance through the Alliance for Housing & Healing and nutritional support via the Vance North Necessities of Life Program, the largest food pantry in the United States for people with HIV, distributing over 800,000 meals annually. APLA Health’s annual fundraisers include AIDS Walk LA — the world's first and oldest AIDS Walk — and Best in Drag Show. We are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation at the local, state and Federal levels that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities. For more information, visit

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