In April 2011, Chrissy Lee Polis, a transgender woman who was 22 at the time, was beaten by two females, one a 19-year-old and the other age 14 at a McDonald’s restaurant in Rosedale, Md. The attack was caught on video and received national and international attention.
To highlight awareness of transgender people in Baltimore, a benefit titled “The Real Me” will take place on Sept. 28 at the Universal Nightlife and Entertainment facility, formerly known as The Overlea, 6809 Belair Rd. in Baltimore. A portion of the funds will go to area transgender awareness organizations. Polis is scheduled to make an appearance.
Co-hosted by Melody Lyryshal and Miss Mixers Anita Minett, “The Real Me” will feature a number of local drag performers including Dee Attitude, Phoenix King, Tamia Gisele Mykles, Jalah Nicole, Franz Fiddler and Danielle Revlon.
“I was asked at Queen of Pride what I would do if I won,” explains Melody Lyryshal who is organizing the event. “I said I wanted to bring awareness to the transgender community. I lost that night, but that did not mean I could not make a difference. A crown did not decide what I could do for the community. I did.”
Tickets will be $10 at the door and $8 in advance. They can be purchased at gofundme.com/4880fk.