Friends and fans of Dixie Landers expressed their support for her in the wake of an after-hours bar fight that ended with the Ottawa drag queen in critical condition.
Friends set up a “Dixie Landers — Get Well Soon” group on Facebook, the popular social networking website. There, close friends and family have been posting on a discussion thread set up by Ottawa promoter Doug Muir called “condition update.”
“Monday 8 am: I just spoke with the doctors. [Dixie] has neither improved nor worsened. He has some spontaneous movement, but does not respond to any requests. This is because of the injuries to his brain. The bleeding has ceased but he is still in a coma. Most other injuries to his face and body are secondary and will heal in time with plastic surgery in mind,” wrote Iris Hofmann, who identifies as Dixie’s mother, in the latest post.
Two groups were created over the weekend, which have already netted 250 members and dozens of messages of support for one of Ottawa’s most well known queer personalities.
“You are the fiercest person I know, you are a survivor and you will bounce back from this. You will bounce back and you will use this tragedy to make you stronger. Stay strong sweetness,” writes Jessica Blair of Calgary, Alberta.
“Once in awhile someone comes along, [someone] who just naturally makes everyone feel a little happier, a little more alive to life. You’ve been that someone to many. You give a new perspective on a lot of things, including ourselves,” writes Don Graham from Charlottetown, PEI.