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.
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...