By: Wednesday Night Tea Cast and Crew
There’s no doubt that Wednesday Night Tea – a unique, interactive drag queen show held every Wednesday at Central Station in Shreveport, Louisiana – is known for its amazing cast of characters and non-stop entertainment. But we’re more than just a great drag show – we feel a responsibility to keep the LGBT community informed about issues that affect us, including Obamacare.
How did we get involved with Out2Enroll? Each week, we produce a slide show that covers local, state, and national news that ranges from the funny to the most serious. We always include several slides that address LGBT issues that our fans appreciate and enjoy. One of our fearless crew members was searching for new content for our show and came across the Out2Enroll website. Even though we have heard about health reform, we didn’t know all of the details or how to answer questions that our community members might have. But Out2Enroll did! We were impressed with the information and knew that it was going to be very beneficial to our local LGBT community. So we made the jump and got involved.
What are we doing to be Out2Enroll? We immediately began promoting Out2Enroll resources to our in-house fans and our Facebook fans, and we’re including information about the Affordable Care Act and the Out2Enroll campaign in our weekly slideshow. Our cast – the ever-lovely Vanessa LeRoux, Feenyx Styles, The Ladi Phat Kat (who recently placed 7th at the National Miss USofA Pageant At-Large), Mya Andrews, and Jax Hannigan – is also working on videos that will be posted on our YouTube page. These videos will focus on the need for insurance, the issues our cast has faced because they were uninsured, and how the LGBT community can enjoy the same benefits that other people enjoy without many of the barriers we’ve faced in the past. And, of course, we will continue to use social media and our weekly drag shows to post information about health reform and encourage our fans to check out their options.
Wednesday Night Tea is also working to promote the PC Wellness Center at our upcoming local drag pageant, the Miss Shreveport Pageant. The reigning Miss Shreveport will be responsible for several community activities and will raise awareness on issues concerning the LGBT community, including health reform and the importance of being Out2Enroll. And we are planning to take our show on the road so we’ll be looking for venues to provide other communities with information concerning the LGBT issues and some GREAT entertainment!
Why is it important to be Out2Enroll? Because our community needs health care and Obamacare plays a huge role in making this a reality. For example, Shreveport faces the highest rate of sexually transmitted diseases in the state of Louisiana. It is not something that we are proud of – but it is something that we are working on through grants for free services – and health reform will help. We are excited to work with an organization that is dedicated to providing information and helping the LGBT community on one of the major issues facing our family, friends, and neighbors.
Thank you for the Out2Enroll campaign and for partnering with Wednesday Night Tea! Together, we can get the word out to our community: help is around the corner, which means that HEALTH is around the corner. Let’s all get healthy, stay healthy, and get covered!