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Ongina Delivers Gift of $25K from MAC to NY's Harvey Milk School

Earlier this week I posted a video of Ongina breaking down after winning a MAC Viva Glam cosmetics competition and revealing his HIV status on  RuPaul's Drag Race.

Ongina2 City Room reports that MAC had Ongina deliver a $25,000 gift to the Harvey Milk school in New York on Wednesday to help the school bridge a budget gap caused by the recession:

"Hetrick-Martin, which provides many services to the school, recently let go 20 percent of its staff in December because of a drop in private and government funds in its $5 million budget. At the same time, the institute has seen a surge in demand for its services for gay youth, such as hot meals and homeless support, since the summer. To help with the gap, the MAC AIDS Fund, a foundation arm of the makeup company, donated $25,000 to cover operational costs. “The funding is to support our relationship with the school,” Mr. Krever said. To make that gift, a 27-year-old drag queen who started his career in New York City visited Harvey Milk School on Wednesday. Ryan Ong Palao...started suffering harassment when he first became more flamboyant after coming out in high school in a small town in Washington State. He would have appreciated a 'school that provided me as much of an education as a comfort zone.' His drag identity is Ongina, a play off his middle name."

StyleItOnline interviews Ongina, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Wow. A class action, and a class act.
    Timely, and great for Milk's memory and LGBT youth.
    Well done!

    Ongina FTW.

    Posted by: Strepsi | Feb 26, 2009 5:24:38 PM


  2. Que nasty bitter responses from vapid horrible queens................now!

    Posted by: Derek | Feb 26, 2009 5:27:31 PM


  3. God I love her. I could eat her up with a spoon, she's so cute.

    Posted by: csann | Feb 26, 2009 5:28:21 PM


  4. Ongina is adorable and compassionate and fierce and funny, and I really hope he wins RuPauls Drag Race.

    Posted by: FASTLAD | Feb 26, 2009 5:55:07 PM


  5. Ong has a wicked sense of humor and she can be cute and glam at the same time... no easy feat! She's my top favorite to win, though I have a sinking feeling she might end up finishing second. I know I know, bad voodoo. But I'm keeping fingers crossed!

    Posted by: sparks | Feb 26, 2009 6:42:49 PM


  6. I just had to come back and mention that the clip you posted is one of the best interviews I've seen lately. Great questions from people who are clearly fans, and awesome answers given concisely with a lot of personality. Ongina is very well-spoken and has avoided bad habits that you see so often when celebs are given brief Q&A (e.g. no "ums" or long pauses).

    If she gets tired of the runway and lip syncing, she has a career as a fashion and trends correspondent! :)

    Posted by: sparks | Feb 26, 2009 6:56:55 PM


  7. That was a nice interview and I applaud her speaking out about her status. Ongina seems like a nice person with a good heart. I enjoy seeing that in people. I wish Ongina the best in life.

    Posted by: mb00 | Feb 26, 2009 7:41:03 PM


  8. I've been enjoying Ongina on RuPaul's Drag Race. Nice to see her in another setting.

    Posted by: Glenn I | Feb 26, 2009 8:01:43 PM


  9. Go Ongina!!!! I hope you win!

    Posted by: Mr. E | Feb 27, 2009 12:16:49 AM


  10. Most of us may think of the "Drag Race" as just another form of entertainment, however Ongina emerges as a true celebrity given the fact that instead of panning and playing for the cameras, she has shared a very person thing about her life. She brings the spirit and fun and hope that this world will eventually learn to tolerate alot more than just gay rights. Congrts to a "real" star!

    Posted by: llazlo | Feb 27, 2009 8:10:12 AM


  11. Why do I bother fucking DVRing anything when I can just sign on to a gay blog and find out who won everything? Sigh.

    Posted by: shane | Feb 27, 2009 8:38:15 AM


  12. Shaney, who is forcing you to sign on to anything? Why are you reading a blog with homosexual tendencies if you do not want to be kept infomred of news relevant to such audience? It's called the scroll tab babe. Use it freely.

    Posted by: rudy | Feb 27, 2009 8:56:09 AM


  13. PINOY (Filipino) drag queens RULE! As I've posted here many many times before, we've only had m0re than 500 years of recorded cross-dressing history, after all. Ongina all the way!

    Posted by: bading | Feb 27, 2009 9:06:40 AM


  14. Yeah, Imelda Marcos re-shaped your country. And was a whore for US imperialism. What a jackass.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Feb 27, 2009 9:18:55 AM


  15. HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    Posted by: bading | Feb 27, 2009 9:31:53 AM


  16. Dear Gwyneth Cornrow, you missed Bading's point. Nice of you to get in some tired, leftist cliches, though. Yawn.

    Posted by: mike | Feb 27, 2009 12:56:24 PM


  17. My comment had nothing to do with what Bading wrote. It was related to a comment that Ongina made in the video where she said her hero was Imelda Marcos.

    Posted by: gwyneth cornrow | Mar 1, 2009 8:10:31 AM


  18. To all you haters... You are a discrace to the human race.noone deserves to be infected with this virus, NOONE! Ongina is brave and honorable for what she did.all the power to ongina, keep fighting honey!

    Posted by: Allyxoxo | Mar 29, 2009 9:41:54 PM


  19. To all you haters... You are a discrace to the human race.noone deserves to be infected with this virus, NOONE! Ongina is brave and honorable for what she did.all the power to ongina, keep fighting honey!

    Posted by: Allyxoxo | Mar 29, 2009 9:41:55 PM


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