Code Red 2023
Code Red 2023
The Annual Code Red event returns for an eleventh year! The event, which aims to raise funds for HIV services, will boast the largest line-up of 90 performers for the event with a wide range of acts that include drag queens, drag kings, trans-identifying, bearlesque, and burlesque performers, plus, comedians and live performances by musicians.
With such a large line-up this year, the event will be hosted at Brooklyn Bowl Philadelphia in Fishtown (Right across the street from Punch Line Philly, where it was held in the past years). The event aims to break the silence surrounding HIV, with a special performance, “Breaking the Silence” featuring messages from those living with HIV. This “heartfelt” and “vibrant” event raises funds and awareness for HIV taking place on the Sunday closest to World AIDS Day as a marker of its message.
About Code Red:
After discovering his HIV+ status in 2012, Michael Tambon felt compelled to “break the silence” surrounding HIV in Philadelphia. This led to the creation of CODE RED—a yearly charity performance show that has raised over $236,000.
Tambon used his drag persona, Cherry Pop, as a way to connect with his audience to raise awareness of HIV. “Cherry Pop had a name in the city, a following to educate, and a platform to use to make it all possible,” Tambon said.
One part of Code Red is called “Breaking the Silence” where Michael/Cherry asks other people living with HIV to join them on stage to show the community it is ok to be known as HIV-positive and to show a friendly face to the audience so they don’t feel alone in their HIV journey, the release states. Tambon focuses on sharing HIV prevention and treatment available in the community and encourages HIV-negative individuals to get on PrEP to prevent contracting HIV.