Chicago drag performers share stories of adversity, triumph and joy at Sun-Times event

At ‘Hear My Story,’ hosted by columnist Ismael Pérez, local drag performers shared their experiences of self-love, perseverance and community.

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Chicago Sun-Times columnist Ismael Perez (right) hosts Hear My Story, a family-friendly storytelling experience with drag performers (from left) Allegra Dee Love, Starr Stallion and Jakki Love, June 27 at The Hideout.

Chicago Sun-Times columnist Ismael Perez (right) hosts Hear My Story, a family-friendly storytelling experience with drag performers (from left) Allegra Dee Love, Starr Stallion and Jakki Love, June 27 at The Hideout.

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The Chicago Sun-Times ended the last week of Pride Month with Hear My Story: An Evening with Chicago Drag Performers.

Sun-Times columnist Ismael Pérez was joined by drag performers Allegra Dee Love, Starr Stallion and Jakki Love who shared personal and heartfelt stories to an audience of more than 50 people.

“It was an enjoyable and enlightening night with the three performers and Ismael himself,” said Francisco Gomez-Dossi, who attended the event. “I believe this is what a true community newspaper provides its public, please keep up the good work. I am proud to support this venue via a monthly donation.”

The three presented their own stories of self-love, perseverance and community, essentially answering the question: “Why do I do drag?” Allegra, Starr and Jakki followed their storytelling with lively and comedic performances, and ended the event with a Q&A segment where the audience was able to engage and learn more.

Check out photos and videos for a glimpse of the event:

This event is one of many ways the Sun-Times is making an effort to engage with the Chicago community and hear from unique voices around the city. If you would like to connect with us, consider attending the next We Hear You community listening session, where you can speak directly with a journalist. And, stay up to date on future community-oriented events like this one by visiting suntimes.com/events and following our Eventbrite page.

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