West Hollywood council member Sepi Shyne, Mayor Pro Tem John Erickson and council members Lauren Meister and Chelsea Byers (led be Public Safety Commissioner Tod Hallman), joined community members and organizations at the Spirit Royale Drag Cheerleading Competition, hosted by West Hollywood Cheerleaders and Life Group LA. This event provides an opportunity to support and raise awareness for the drag community as well as raise funds to support HIV/AIDS wellness programs. Funds raised from the event benefited the mission of Life Group LA, a West Hollywood organization that was founded in 2005 that supports HIV/AIDS wellness free of charge for the community.
The event, emceed by Drag Laureate Pickle and Alexander Rodriguez, included celebrity judges Jai Rodriguez (actor/singer), Conner Huber (UCLA Spirit Squad Coach) and Farrah Moan (Rupaul’s Drag Race Season 9).
Spirit Royale was well attended. Audience cheered the contestants while they enjoyed Aviation Gin, the event alcoholic sponsor. The specially cocktail for the evening was called The Flying Cheerleader. Pickle performed a song before the contest began and Cheer LA preformed at the end.
The teams battling it out for the Spirit Royale Trophy were, West Hollywood City Council, LA Wranglers, MegaWoof America, and Gay Men’s Chorus Los Angeles.
Each team was scored on:
- Degree of difficulty
- The number of tricks and stunts performed
- Timing and rhythm
- Performed most outside their comfort zone
The West Hollywood Cheerleaders sold raffle tickets throughout the night. A winner was drawn before the winner of the competition was announced. The winning raffle ticket took home a 50-inch LED TV.
And the winner is (drum roll):
Gay Men’s Chorus Los Angeles!
Founded in 1986, West Hollywood Cheerleaders is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization of Drag Queens. Over the past three decades, the West Hollywood Cheerleaders organization has evolved from the single-issue mission of ending AIDS and HIV stigma, to a broader mission of recognizing and celebrating young leaders.
Photos by Mike Pingel for WEHO TIMES. Click to enlarge.
This event was produced to bring everyone together, including marginalized community members, in the face of the current national political climate that includes attacks on the drag and trans communities. Moreover, the event is focused on highlighting diversity and inclusion, which embodies West Hollywood’s values, so the community of West Hollywood can continue to be a beacon of hope for the rest of country.