UPTOWN CHATS: Toxics Are A Drag


A Panel Discussion on Toxic Beauty Products in the Queer Community

Hair straighteners, skin lighteners, and makeup products can be packed with harmful chemicals that can leave negative impacts on the body. Many of these toxic products are disproportionately aimed at women and femme identified people of color. And through our Beauty Inside Out campaign, we have been working to address this.

In celebration of Pride month, we will host a panel of researchers, advocates, and queer drag performers to discuss the toxic chemicals found in beauty and other personal care products and their impact on the queer community. Moderated by Taylor Morton, WE ACT’s Director of Environmental Health and Education, our panel will include:

  • Jahlove Serrano, a health educator, AIDS activist and youth advocate, background dancer, choreographer, androgynous model, and drag queen.
  • King Ivy, a healer, spiritualist, creator, image consultant, and drag queen.
  • Roqué, the Dominican-American diva.
  • Dr. Ami Zota, an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental & Occupational Health at the George Washington University Milken School of Public Health.

Join us for this special Uptown Chats, Toxics are a Drag, at 6:00 PM EDT on Tuesday, June 29. Attendees will be able to submit a question for the panelists upon registration or ask live during the event.

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More about Uptown Chats
Uptown Chats were born out of the idea that Uptown residents need a place to connect to policymakers and leaders about our unique concerns, and that we are powerful when we come together to make change. WE ACT will bring Uptown leaders to network and engage thought leaders and public officials on topics such as energy, economic development, transportation, employment, civic engagement, parks and urban planning, social justice and more.

Want to ask a question, suggest a Speaker, or learn how to become a Sponsor? Please reach out to development@weact.org.


Special thanks to our sponsor ConEdison for their support!

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