Drag Show, Vogue Ball allow amateur performers to showcase skills

By KeAndre Worthy

Drag performers, professional and amateur, showcased their skills at Friday’s Fall Drag Show and the first annual Vogue Ball.

The two events were held at the same time and featured performers showcasing their drag skills as well as letting audience members come and be judged on skills such as runway walking.

“We have been planning this out since the summer. [We have] always wanted to have a vogue ball with the show, and we’re glad we get the chance to do that now,” said Molly Holmes, director of the LGBT and Women’s resource centers.

The drag show featiured three amateur performers and one professional performer, Raja, the season three winner of “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” Each performer lip synced to a song of their choice and danced.

“Vogue Ball is a way which gets the audience a chance to preform and express themselves within the parameters of six categories in which they can be awarded,” Holmes said.

Holmes said vogue balls started in New York City and began as a way for members of the LGBTQ community to be out and open when it wasn’t socially acceptable.

“[I heard about the show] from going to an LGBT meeting at the resource center. I thought it was a cool idea, so I decided to check it out,” said junior English major Brittni Guinzio.

Several organizations around campus collaborated on the event, including the LGBT Resource Center, Campus Activities Board and the Presidential Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity.

“[It was] very cool and had a lot of good performers,” said sophomore pre-nursing major Emily Tudor. “[I’ve] been to other drag shows before. It’s cool that they have amateur performers in the show, too.”

Events like this are held to inform the public about the LGBT community and to help people understand it in a fun way.

“[The show is a way] to bring different cultures out that the community doesn’t always get to see,” Tudor said.

Prism, a student-run LGBT organization, will host a similar event — the Gay Jam Drag and Variety Show — next semester, Holmes said.