A group of men who dress in women’s clothing to raise money for a local hospice claim they have been told their fundraising is potentially offensive by charity bosses.
The men are members and supporters of Upton Rugby Club and have dressed in drag for charity fundraisers for 18 years having raised more than £40,000 for St Richard’s Hospice but the group claim they have been told their latest efforts cannot by promoted by the hospice because it might offend the LGBT community.
June Patel, St Richard’s chief executive, said they appreciated the group’s fundraising but were striving to be mindful of equality, diversity and inclusion.
Now from my recollection of gay friends I have known, certainly the men are only too happy to dress in drag at the drop of a hat and would socialise in gay bars dressed as such and having seen many a drag act perform before an audience of LGBQ people of both sex I have never seen anyone take offence at a man dressed in a frock!
It seems though that June Patel the Chief Executive of St Richard’s Hospice may well have shot herself in the foot as I believe the rugby players are now looking for another charity who will be only too happy to receive donations from a group of men in frocks and quite right too.