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How we started

The Armorettes are a legendary camp drag organization, established in 1979, with the emergence of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. As the epidemic became rampant across the gay community, many individuals found themselves without jobs, housing, or the ability to cover health care costs. The Armorettes were born with a simple mission, to fundraise money to support the Atlanta community during its grapple with HIV/AIDS and that mission continues to be important today. To date, the Armorettes have raised over 2.3 million dollars benefiting various charities within the Atlanta community to support those suffering from and living with HIV/AIDS.



Our community faced a very dark time in the late 70's and early 80's, when the HIV/AIDS epidemic was becoming more and more rampant and out of control.

The Armorettes were formed to cheer on the Armory softball team as well as put on drag shows in Atlanta to raise money for their friends and community who were sick and dying from HIV/AIDS.

The Armorettes' namesake comes from where our tale began, The Armory Bar in Atlanta, GA.  

The Orginal Armorettes were Thelma, Julie Garden, Justa Tish, Kitty Carlisle, Ginny Tonic and Liz Helen. These original six stepped up for the community when it needed them during the AIDS epidemic. They decided enough was enough and if no one were going to help our community they would step up and do so. They decided to put on drag shows at the Armory in Atlanta, GA to raise money for their friends who were sick and dying from AIDS. Every dollar from "The Bucket" was put to good use by distributing the money to those in need. Over the next 45  years, many have stepped up to continue what the original Armorettes started. 

We continue this grassroots effort today to help our local community in search of a cure and to fight HIV/AIDS. We as Armorettes will continue to raise money to fight against HIV/AIDS until a cure is found. 


Catch our weekly shows at the Heretic in Atlanta. Catch us at special events. Like our Facebook page for event dates and times! Offering you the best in charitable camp drag entertainment!

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