Virgin Atlantic airline hires drag queens as air hostesses to celebrate its first Pride Flight

The 8-hour flight will be staffed by LGBT pilots and cabin crew, celebrating queer culture

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess will host the transatlantic party that will take passengers to New York – the host city for World Pride in 2019.

Previously hosted in Rome, London and Toronto, the annual World Pride event was first organised to give LGBT people who live in countries that ban Pride events a chance to celebrate.

Burgess explained: “At a time when we’re seeing the rights of minority groups under threat, it is more important than ever we stand up and make our voices heard.

“The LGBT community has made enormous strides over the last 50 years, and I’m so proud to partner with Virgin Holidays and Virgin Atlantic to mark this occasion in style and celebrate the hard-won freedoms from those who came before us.”

After take off, passengers can look forward to a game of Drag Queen Bingo, a singalong of gay icon Judy Garland’s biggest hits, and even some inter-seat speed dating.

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