After This Philly Drag Queen Was Attacked, the City Banded Together to Pay Her Medical Costs
Aloe Vera, a Philadelphia-based drag performer, was attacked in the city’s south section last week. Vera was reportedly punched in the face repeatedly at knife point, causing the 26-year-old queen to sustain a broken jaw. Vera’s jaw is now wired shut, and will stay that way for a month during his recovery.
The Philadelphia Police report that officers responded to the 2000 block of Tasker Street in South Philadelphia around 10:30 p.m. on April 29, where Vera said a man punched him repeatedly in the face and threatened him with a knife.
Aloe Vera, whose legal name is Anthony Veltre, underwent reparative jaw surgery at the Jefferson University Hospital on May 1. The day before, police arrested Carmelo Villanueva, the boyfriend of Vera’s roommate who has lived with him for the past three years. Villanueva was charged with aggravated assault and lesser offenses in connection with the incident. After posting bail, Villanueva was released from custody later that day.