Drag Diva Jackie Beat Needs Help and New Hips

By: Brandon Voss
2.5.2013

Even when a drag queen looks perfectly pulled together, sometimes she's actually falling apart.

Legendary drag performer Jackie Beat — also known as Kent Fuher — has taken to GiveForward in an attempt to raise $50K by Apr. 28. What's a simple gurl need with that kind of cash? Unfortunately, she's in desperate need of a double hip replacement.

Here's Jackie's plea, which shows she still has a good sense of humor about the situation:

Take a big-boned man-lady who has run around in high heels for over 20 years, add the fact that her mother drank like a fish and smoked like a chimney while pregnant with her, make it all take place right here in America instead of Canada and what do you get? A world-famous drag superstar with two hips that are crumbling like a sandcastle during high tide.

NEWS FLASH: There's no such thing as a Drag Queen union, and as a result, I have no medical insurance. After years of excruciating pain it's finally time for the DOUBLE hip replacement. Many years ago I was told that my right hip was "bone-on-bone" (no, that's NOT the latest Chi Chi LaRue DVD!) and the left was almost as bad. But I didn't have the money, the time or the courage to have the surgery and continued to dance like a monkey and sing like a bird, despite the pain. But the time has come when I can barely walk and this must happen NOW.

My surgery is scheduled for Tuesday, March 12th. I am terrified, but this must be done. I realize that this is NOT LIFE-THREATENING, but it has and continues to greatly effect and diminish my QUALITY OF LIFE.

So, if I have ever given you a chuckle or made you crack a smile, please slip a little something into the brandy snifter here on mama's piano. (Okay, stop looking for a piano, that was merely a creative way of begging you to please give!) Every little bit helps. Am I embarrassed? Of course. Will I let that stop me? Never.

Thank you so much and please feel free to share this!

Some of Beat's famous pals, including Pandora Boxx and Sharon Needles, are already spreading the good word on their social media. Visit GiveForward to show your financial support. And if you’re broke as a joke, you can also send "hugs," or messages of love and encouragement.

Photos: Austin Young

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