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Taylor Mac's Virtual Holiday Show Features Miami Queer 'Elder' — And Raises Money For A New 'Pride' Scholarship

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Screenshot from Taylor Mac's "Holiday Sauce Pandemic!"
Performance artist Taylor Mac's annual holiday show is virtual this year — and features a queer "elder" from Miami.

The Miami Dade College foundation is trying to raise $25,000 to establish the endowed scholarship for LGBTQ students.

An annual holiday show from renowned performance artist Taylor Mac is raising funds to establish a new scholarship at Miami Dade College for LGBTQ students.

The show, which is virtual this year, is streaming online for a minimum donation of $10, with most of the proceeds going toward the “pride” scholarship. The college’s foundation seeks to raise at least $25,000 in order to create an endowment, which would allow the scholarship to continue for years to come.

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“For many queer, LGBTQ+ people, when they come out to their parents, they’re asked to leave home. Still. Today,” said Luigi Ferrer, a longtime LGBTQ rights activist in Miami.

“You don't get that introduction to that first job, or you don't get mom and dad signing off on your FAFSA, so you can get student aid. Because of that, we need a scholarship specifically for LGBTQ youth,” he said.

Ferrer is one of the queer “elders” from around the country who is honored in Taylor Mac’s online production. The performer sent Ferrer a bejeweled crown and sash and asked him to record himself opening the gift, the video of which is included in the show.

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Screenshot from Taylor Mac's "Holiday Sauce Pandemic!"
A video of Luigi Ferrer is included in Taylor Mac's virtual show, "Holiday Sauce Pandemic!"

Ferrer said he was instructed "to do a little vogue."

Referring to the crown, he said: “The workmanship on it was very nice. Somebody really knew how to use a glue gun.”

To stream the show or simply make a donation for the scholarship, click here.

Jessica Bakeman is senior editor for news at WLRN, South Florida's NPR member station. Previously, Bakeman served as WLRN's education reporter for four years. Bakeman was awarded the 2020 Journalist of the Year award from the Florida chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.