Bakers provide space for local drag queens to perform virtually during pandemic
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- At the beginning of the pandemic, the closing of Milwaukee's bars and clubs put many artists and talent out of work and out of the limelight.
That's when bakers Jesus and Pedro, of Todo Postres, decided to invite drag queens to a Facebook series they run that normally promotes community events, businesses and artists.
It was a huge success. Admittedly, there is hardly any shouting or applause, and the costumes don't shine quite as brightly on the computer screens, but no one seems to care much.
"During the pandemic, when all the nightclubs and bars were closed, people couldn't go out to have fun. So Pedro and I came up with the idea of bringing a little bit of fun to people's homes," said Jesus Bisoso.
However, for drag performers, it is much more than a job, and the stage is much more than a performance platform.
For many, these local shows may be the only places where they feel safe to be themselves.
"It is not easy dedicating yourself to the drag business. We have seen it up close, because we have many friends that are dedicated to this, and we know everything that it entails -- it's not very appreciated, but everything that has to do with the LGBT community is very important," said Pedro Garcia.
The pastry chefs present their program through Facebook, entitled "Todo Postres," which translates to "Everything Sweet."
It runs every Thursday at 7 p.m.