Zoe Tobocman is the 16 years old founder of Queens in Need. At a young age she became deeply inspired by queer culture and drag artists after watching Rupaul's Drag Race. At the start of the pandemic, her heart went out to local drag artists who had lost their job due to the crisis. Rather than letting the issue pan out, she started the Queens in Need fundraiser and partnered with 17 year old Lydia Gallegos to support the queer community. In only a month the two teenagers running Queens in Need managed to raise over $2k through social media and their weekly digital drag shows on Twitch. 100% of the funds received are contributed to drag artists who have lost their job due to the Covid-19 pandemic and cannot pay for food or rent. They want to give their utmost thanks to all of the supporters and drag artists involved in the Queens in Need project and urge everyone to support if they are financially able.
Queens in Need is a charity that was started in April of 2020, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, to supply grants to drag queens and trans performers who had been financially impacted. As time progressed, they realized that the importance of supporting freelance queer artists extends past the pandemic. They applied for their 501C3 status and are now a fully verified charity.
In the future, Queens in Need plans to widen its endeavor to further its support for the drag community. They are in the works of expanding their project into film and television and will be continuing to financially support those in need long into the future.