Bianca Paige Awareness Network
Mark Middleton, a.k.a. “Bianca Paige the Pantomime Rage”, became a prolific drag entertainer in the 1980’s until his death in 2010. When Mark received his HIV/AIDS diagnosis he made the courageous decision to go public, using Bianca Paige as his platform to encourage testing, education, and to erode the stigmatization associated with living with such a diagnosis.
Through Bianca Paige, Mark raised over $1,000,000 in his lifetime, ONE DOLLAR at a time, funding education, treatment, and research for children stricken with the autoimmune disease. His work led to the formation of the Bianca Paige Awareness Network. Since Mark’s death BPAN works to continue his mission and has been honored by declarations from every Nashville Mayor and City Council celebrating his life and work. In March 2021, Nashville City Council officially changed Carney Street to Bianca Paige Way, making it the first street named after a drag queen in the entire country.