Atlantans looking to support to the global LGBT community will have a chance to do so Thursday, when “Lip Sync for Your Life” hits the stage at Jungle Atlanta benefitting Rainbow Road — a group that assists international victims of anti-LGBT violence.
The lip sync competition comes by way of For All Humans and party promoter Barry Brandon, who previously ran the “Sing for Your Life” competition from 2011 to 2016.
“It was this four-months long thing; video submission from singers around Atlanta, then we had live auditions, then we had a top 12. We had it at Jungle and it was a cool thing,” Brandon told Georgia Voice. “People were asking for the return of that show, but it was so much work and so much time, rather than bring that show back as a full-season event, I’m bringing it back as a one-off event.”
The competition will be broken up into sections based on the final number of performers, each followed by a short break for more music and dancing. Contestants will be an assortment of individuals, duos and groups that put on a full-on lip sync performance.
Though the lip syncing is reminiscent of drag performances, Brandon said the competition is open to anyone, regardless of how they identify.
At the end of the evening, audience members will receive a ballot and vote on their three favorite acts. The top three overall will receiving prizes.
“We’re going to do a donation at the door so people can donate however much they wish to, and there’s a tip bucket in front of the performers. All that money will go to the Rainbow Railroad,” Brandon said. “The last couple of months I’ve been seeing all the issues happening in Russia … it became pretty public as to what was happening with gay men over there,” Brandon said.
“I just changed it from being something fun and light-hearted to something that is still a fun event for the city, but now we can give money back to an organization that benefits our community abroad,” Brandon said.
Lip Sync for Your Life: A fundraising event for Rainbow Railroad
Thursday, June 15 at 8 p.m.
Jungle Atlanta, 2115 Faulkner Road NE, Atlanta