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Best in Drag Show returns to the Orpheum Theatre on October 1st, 2023

Tickets for the annual Best in Drag Show charity fundraising event are now on sale. The show returns to the Orpheum Theatre on October 1st, 2023. Curtains rise at 7:00 p.m.

Best in Drag Show is a beauty pageant parody in which six contestants compete in drag in all the customary beauty pageant categories: evening gown, question and answer, talent, and swimsuit.

The show is produced by a team of volunteers who donate their time to support the Alliance for Housing & Healing’s long-running efforts to provide essential housing and support services to people living with HIV/AIDS in LA County.

Best in Drag Show began in 1989 as the “Battle for the Tiara”—a small, annual party and AIDS fundraising event created by Alexis Pittman. Filled with outlandish characters, over-the-top performances, elaborate costumes and celebrity judges, Best in Drag Show embodies the ideals of humor, love, and dedication, continuing the work started all those years ago in a small West Hollywood apartment.

Tickets are now on sale at bestindragshow.com/tix. More information on Best in Drag Show can be found at bestindragshow.com.


APLA Health 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 1983, APLA Health has remained steadfast in its commitment to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our lifetime. The agency, a multi-site operation, includes seven Federally Qualified health Center (FQHC) locations serving more than 18,000 people annually in Los Angeles County, the nation’s most populous. We provide 20 different services including: medical, dental, and behavioral healthcare; HIV specialty care; PrEP counseling and management; health education and HIV prevention; and STD screening and treatment. For people living with HIV, we offer housing support; benefits counseling; home healthcare; and the Vance North Necessities of Life Program food pantry program. Additionally, we are leaders in advocating for policy and legislation that positively impact the LGBTQ+ and HIV communities we serve. For more information on APLA Health please visit https://aplahealth.org