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Queerantine Parties: Ben Platt Dancing, Shangela Rapping, Indigo Girls


LGBTQ performers and allies are planning live events and posting entertaining distractions from the COVID-19 pandemic.

Has your party (concert, event, game night, karaoke, etc.) been canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic? Good news -- a lot of LGBTQ and ally performers have planned online events to entertain during this time of crisis.

Ben Platt, Noah Galvin, and Kathryn Gallagher are hosting a "#QuaranTunes Virtual Dance Party" Tuesday at 6 p.m. Eastern. Curious dancers can download the Stationhead streaming radio app to join in. To coincide with the event, Platt is also encouraging folks to donate to the Food Bank of New York City.

Platt is not the only musician to take his talents to social media. Pink hosted a free concert/piano lesson Monday, delivering a beautiful rendition of Adele's "Make You Feel My Love."

Moreover, the Indigo Girls are hosting a performance and live Q&A Thursday at 6 p.m. Eastern on the group's Facebook page. "The heart-wrenching moment we made the decision to cancel our shows scheduled for March and April was the moment we knew we wanted to play a free livestream show," Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers told Rolling Stone. "People are feeling scared, isolated, uncertain, and unmoored. For the public good, we all have to do our part not to gather in person, but we can still play music."

And Shangela, of RuPaul's Drag Race and A Star Is Born, has been making waves on TikTok with coronavirus-themed raps, providing some levity and prevention education. "I created this for y'all. While being mostly 6 ft apart. Make safe choices. Luv y'all," wrote the "#QuarantineQueen."

Know of any more online performances? List them in the comments!

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