In all honesty, I believe that I had a great start to my long Memorial Day weekend. With fake nails and mountains of glitter in hand, drag queens took the stage in the DePaul Student Center to entertain and engage us with their back bending dance moves. I heard about DePaul’s 6th Annual Professional Drag Show through Act Out DePaul
Act Out DePaul is an LGBTQA activist organization. For those of you that don’t know the alphabet soup that is LGBTQA, it means Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered, Questioning, and Allied. Act Out meets weekly and serves as a safe zone for people to discuss issues facing the community. The members have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of queer theory and activism. This community of people make it a point to spread awareness about the broad world of sexuality and gender identification. I was ecstatic to hear that I would be able to attend the Drag Show that Act Out puts on for the second year in a row.
Basically what goes down is a few hundred people crowd into a room waiting for the lights to dim and the show to start. Each drag queen comes out 1 or 2 times to perform a song (lip sync) and dance their hearts out. This is a fun way to educate the community about drag queens and the confidence that they hold as well as the far reaching spectrum of sexuality and identity.
Every time I attend one of these events I feel
extremely proud to be a member of DePaul’s community. The liberal and open
minded attitude about diverse ways of living and thinking make this environment
an eye opening place to study. Act Out as well as other LGBTQA organizations
reflect the needs and interests of the diverse student body through a range of
services, educational programs, and events such as the Drag Show.