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Drag queens expand driveway gigs across Virginia to spread 'happiness and joy'

'I like providing people with happiness and joy and entertainment.'
Posted at 7:14 PM, May 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-20 19:19:07-04

RICHMOND, Va. -- As news spreads about driveway drag shows in Richmond, the artist behind the performances is taking the act farther afield in the Commonwealth.

In fact, Brandon Horton, a longtime drag performer known as Michelle Livigne, now has performances booked in New Kent, Charlottesville and Fredericksburg.

Horton said the response to Sunday's story, which was first broadcast on CBS 6 News at 11 p.m., has been overwhelming.

And news of Horton's shows has reached across the nation and the world. In fact, Boy George tweeted "love this" with a link to the story.

Horton said that while the attention is nice, the aim is really to spread joy during these stressful times.

"I like providing people with happiness and joy and entertainment," Horton said. "I want to be that provider of that happiness that they know, if they want it, they can come right back and I can give them another experience where they can escape from the word around them."

After drag shows were nixed because of COVID-19 closures, Horton jokingly posted on social media about booking drag queens for driveway shows.

Horton was stunned when more than 40 homes had signed up for shows 72 hours later.

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