HBO toasted the second season of “We’re Here” on Friday night on the Sony lot with a screening of the first episode, a party featuring wig and manicure stations and performances by Silky Nutmeg Ganache, Alyssa Edwards and Monét X Change.
The sophomore outing of “We’re Here” continues to see co-hosts Shangela, Bob the Drag Queen and Eureka O’Hara traveling to small towns across the U.S. to help local LGBTQ residents put on a drag show. “I’m feeling great,” Shangela, who brought her mom Deborah to the premiere, told me on the pastel arrivals carpet. “I just feel so grateful. I grew up [in Paris, Texas] not seeing a lot of visibility and representation and now we get to bring that and amplify those voices throughout America.”
Power entertainment attorney Steve Warren and his partner Johnnie Ingram co-created the series. Warren said that the show’s title is in honor of the LGBTQ activist chant, “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it.” “It harks back to the ’90s with ACT UP and Queer Nation,” he said. “We’re paying homage to the struggles we went through when we were younger. And for so many people who aren’t here right now, ‘We’re Here’ symbolizes our love for those people and the hope for the future that everyone could be seen.”
While the show hasn’t officially been picked up for a third season, Warren and Ingram are hopeful. “We have other cities we want to go to,” Ingram said. “Eureka and I are both from Appalachia so we’ve been looking at different cities in Appalachia to go back home.”
Guests at the premiere party included Charlize Theron, Molly Shannon, Zoey Deschanel, Jonathan Scott, Scarlet Envy, August Getty and Frankie Grande.