What does a drag queen do when she retires? If she’s Charity Case (also known as Rick Karlin) she holds a yard sale, with all the proceeds from the sale going to LGBT charities.
The sale will be held on Saturday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at 1517 NE 1st Ave. in Fort Lauderdale. Masks are required to participate.
Karlin, SFGN’s food editor, was an occasional drag performer in Chicago for 30-plus years, originally performing under the names Helen Highwater and Carlotta Nerve. “I then decided that since I mostly was performing for charity fundraisers, my name ought to reflect that. So I changed my name to Charity Case.”
In Chicago he founded the fundraiser “Night of 100 Drag Queens,” which, over 25 years, raised nearly $500,000 for various not-for-profit agencies. Since relocating to South Florida eight years ago, Charity has made appearances in fundraisers for Island City Stage and the Stonewall Museum and Archives and, Karlin adds, “Occasionally just to stroll down the street during Wicked Manors.”
Charity Case made her farewell appearance last year at a fundraiser for Stonewall Museum and Archives at Lips. Karlin is now ready to part with the clothing, shoes, wigs, jewelry and accessories that he has accumulated during the years, including some custom-made gowns.
“I’m ready for them to move on and bring joy to others,” he said. “And I mean all sorts of others, the dresses range from size 12 to 20, so there’s something for everyone!