NEW YORK – December 18, 2020 – Thrillist, the James Beard award-winning resource for food, drink, travel, and entertainment, announced today that it has partnered with Orbitz, the leading travel brand for the LGBTQIA community, to create its “Slay Ride: A Holiday Drag Brunch” event and show. Viewers around the world can tune-in to Thrillist’s YouTube, Facebook or the event page on December 20, 2020 for a Sunday funday filled with booze, breakfast, queens and glitter hosted by Manila Luzon (1.5M Instagram followers), International Drag Legend!!!, and Monét X Change (1M Instagram followers), Host of The X Change Rate and winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars S4. “Slay Ride: A Holiday Drag Brunch” is free to attend; however, viewers can virtually tip the performers, and all money collected will be donated to Trans Lifeline.
“As the no. 1 food, drink and travel brand for Gen Z and Millennials, Thrillist is the cultural zeitgeist expert helping audiences uncover the best experiences,” said Meghan Kirsch, Chief Content Officer at Thrillist. “Drag brunch is one of those experiences that many people have missed out on this year. Thanks to our partnership with Orbitz, we’re able to create a special drag brunch event that brings together our highly engaged LGBTQIA+ community and allies* to share some hilarious holiday joy.”
"Even though 2020 has forced us to travel less, Orbitz is committed to equal and inclusive travel experiences for LGBTQIA+ travelers around the world," says Carey Malloy, Orbitz brand and marketing director. "We're excited to be partnering with Thrillist to bring this unique experience into people’s homes and raise money for Trans Lifeline."
DRAG QUEENS ROASTING BY AN OPEN FIRE
Screw the chestnuts, it’s time for a drag roast. Hosts Manila Luzon, the Christmistress of Ceremonies and Monét X Change, your Ho Ho Hostess, will roast the year 2020.
Fellow drag queen, Ritzy Bitz will make Zodiac Year Ahead cocktails, each inspired by her 2021 predictions for the various astrological signs.
CHRISTMAS TREE KIKI
At this point, our queens have eaten, they’ve drank, and they are feeling merry, despite what a year it’s been. Manila Luzon and Monét X Change decorate the Christmas tree with ornaments that reflect this year’s best moments.
TUCK IN TO BRUNCH
Ritzy Bitz learns how to cook a holiday-themed brunch from renowned NYC Chef and restaurateur Libby Willis of MeMe’s Diner. Chef Libby puts Ritzy to work as sous chef and hopefully she doesn’t burn the kitchen to the ground.
T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE DRAG BRUNCH
And now it’s story time. Settle in as Monét X Change reads you the classic Christmas tale, “The Night Before Drag Brunch.”
DECK THE HALLS DISCO
To end the show, all three of our queens grace us with their best performances.
*Thrillist’s audience is nearly 5x more likely to engage with LGBTQIA+ related content than the average Facebook user [source: Facebook Audience Insights, 2020].
Thrillist is the #1 food, drink and travel brand for Gen Z and Millennials [source: Comscore Media Matrix & Plan Metrix, Q3 2020]. Thrillist serves as a guidebook for those that want new experiences and long to turn a good time into a great time. Our nonstop coverage of local culture inspires audiences to discover their world and celebrate every moment. In a serious world, we take fun seriously. In December 2016, Thrillist joined forces with NowThis, The Dodo, POPSUGAR and Seeker to form Group Nine Media -- a global top 10 publisher.
For more than 20 years, Orbitz has been a trusted friend to the LGBTQIA community. Since launching the first LGBTQ-themed travel ad and dedicated microsite in the early 2000s, we've been committed to making travel more inclusive. At Orbitz.com/Pride, travelers can book LGBTQIA-welcoming hotels that have signed our pledge of inclusivity, plan their next vacation, and earn free travel rewards instantly through the award-winning Orbitz Rewards loyalty program. With Orbitz Rewards, travelers instantly earn Orbucks on bookings which can be redeemed at 385,000+ hotels worldwide.