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Processing The Pandemic: A Drag Queen's Break From Entertaining Was A Mental Health Wake-Up Call

Paul Hernandez
Paul Hernandez and his alter ego Leilani Price


Paul Hernandez designs and sews his own costumes and entertains audiences  through the art of drag with his alter ego Leilani Price. He also does his own makeup before performing at LGBTQ night clubs like Fab in Fresno’s Tower District.

But the pandemic ended those performances for over a year forcing Hernandez to slow down; he’s also a community activist and has a day job in health administration. Spending so much time at home gave him a chance to evaluate his mental health. As part of our occasional series on how people are processing the pandemic, FM89’s news director Alice Daniel spoke with him and produced this audio postcard.


Alice Daniel was News Director for KVPR from 2019-2022. Daniel has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and more than 25 years of experience as a print and radio journalist.
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