In late October, one of the most beloved artists and personalities currently working in New York City queer nightlife suffered massive injuries after being struck by a subway car.
Domonique Echeverria survived the ordeal, but not without incurring life-alerting trauma to her body. Known to many as a mother figure among the chaos of New York City, friends, family and supporters quickly came together to raise money in order to offset the medical costs of her ongoing care.
In an incredible display of community that transcends the internal politics of the New York City nightlife community, friends and supporters from every corner of NYC will come together on Dec. 22 for an event called "ECHEVERRIA EXTRAVAGANZA" -- a benefit that will raise additional funds for the recovery of this beloved designer. Dozens of influencers, performers and DJs have agreed to work the event for free. The event will also feature a silent auction, "Domonique Boutique" and art for sale -- all proceeds of which will go to Echeverria.
As Echeverria said herself in her feature for The Huffington Post Series "After Dark" in late 2014, "Our little tribe is constantly growing. We have a revolving door and I'm so grateful for the energy that my friends put into our friendships because we're all far away from our families and when one of us is sick or sad or lonely, we turn to each other so we can keep growing and keep making art and keep spreading love."
In honor of the impact and legacy of Domonique, we talked to seven stars of New York City nightlife -- and close friends of Echeverria -- about what makes this fiery yet ethereal individual so special.
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Our thoughts are with you, Domonique.