Lady Red Couture died aged 43. (YouTube/Hey Qween)
Lady Red Couture’s loved ones have set up a fundraiser to help with the late drag queen’s funeral arrangements and hospital bills after ghouls set up a fake GoFundMe.
It was announced that Lady Red, a pillar of the LA queer community, proud trans woman and beloved co-host of the Hey Qween YouTube series, had passed away in the early hours of Saturday (July 25).
She had been in intensive care for several days due to complications related to cyclic vomiting syndrome, but had seen her condition improve before she passed. She was just 43.
As tributes continue to pour in from the queer, trans and drag communities, Lady Red’s sister Krystle Barnes and best friend Jonny McGovern, with whom she hosted Hey Qween, have launched a fundraiser to help the family with her funeral arrangements.
“We are devastated by the loss of Lady Red as is the world and we want to be able to lay Lady Red to rest properly,” the GoFundMe page reads.
Monies raised will also help her family pay what they say are likely to be “astronomical” hospital bills related to her intensive care stay.
“As a Black trans woman Lady Red had many hardships on her journey but she persevered and brought so much joy to so many people,” the page continues.
“We ask that you give as much as you can to help put her to rest in the way that she deserves.”
McGovern had earlier in the week asked well-wishers to avoid a fake page set up in Lady Red’s name, which has since been deactivated.
Lady Red Couture remembered as a ‘beautiful soul’.
Since the tragic news of Lady Red’s passing was announced Saturday, tributes have poured in from those who knew her and worked with her.
“I am a black, american, trans woman, who is making a difference in this world. All I’m asking is that you love me, like I love you.” – Lady Red Couture’s last video message about #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackTransLivesMatter. please watch it.#RIPLadyRed pic.twitter.com/ImS1tAaJPv
— elijah daniel (@elijahdaniel) July 26, 2020
Some people have personalities too big for this world, so they’re called on to greatness. Lady Red @Mothercouture was one of them.
Rest in power, Queen. 👑 pic.twitter.com/pHEXhtvbVT
— Jackée Harry (@JackeeHarry) July 25, 2020
Absolutely heartbreaking to hear about the loss of my sister & friend @Mothercouture 💔 I mean, if u knew her u loved her. That was the joy that she carried within her beautiful soul. I’ll always remember your laugh sister. And your hugs. Rest now Lady Red. Xo pic.twitter.com/SNXdqWOmUf
— Shangela (@itsSHANGELA) July 25, 2020
Last week I filmed a new @heyqweentv interview and Lady Red was out sick so we talked to her as if she was there…she was going to film her parts later on, now she’s gone. R.i.p Lady Red. 💔This pic is from my first time meeting her in 2017. She will be truly missed by many 😢 pic.twitter.com/xlzW4hu6Ax
— Isis King (@MsIsisKing) July 25, 2020
Oh my god I can’t believe Lady Red has died. She brought me so much joy the past few years when my manic ass was working the WeHo beat. Rest easy, beautiful soul ❤️❤️👠
— Катя (@katya_zamo) July 25, 2020
I am so heartbroken by the news of our Lady Red Couture passing away. She was a true sister and friend to everyone she met. One of the kindest souls I’ve ever had the privilege of knowing. Can 2020 just fuck off already? pic.twitter.com/jFOiOX9lTD
— Ginger Minj (@TheGingerMinj) July 25, 2020