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Uber delivers drag queens for Portland Pride Week

KATU News

Uber celebrated Pride Week in Portland on Saturday by bringing drag queens to perform for customers.

The ride sharing company featured a pride special between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. where app users could select the 'pride' option and a drag queen would be brought to there location to perform.

KATU rode along with Alexis Campbell Starr, a Portland-based professional female impersonator.

"I think Portland pride is really the community's chance to come together as a whole and just celebrate being who we are," said Alexis Campbell Starr.

Uber offered the option to users in Seattle last year. This is the first time the options been offered to people in Portland.

"We love pride and we love what it stands for. We really wanted to do something for the community that is out of the normal and that can just make people's day," said Eric Steensen, who works for Uber.

Starr was born and raised in Portland. She regularly performs at Darcelle XV Showplace.

Saturday's routine brought her to several locations across Portland, including Hair of the Dog Brewery, two parks in Northeast Portland and to a party in the Pearl.

"It can kind of be a test of courage to see if you can pull through and still do your job," Starr said.

Terry Schanz ordered the performance at Hair of the Dog Brewery.

"These moments let people not in the LGBTQ community that were not ignored, we're not alone and that we have a lot to be proud of that our rights are important and guaranteed to us and that we're going to fight for them," Schanz said.

"I think a lot of times people are afraid of - and around - drag queens. They're afraid to come to a drag a club or a drag show this is a way for people to bring drive to their own personal space and experience it that way," Starr told KATU.

The service will be offered in Seattle on June 24.

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