NIU Prism hosts Gay Jam variety show


Lauren Pagán performs Ice, Ice Baby during Gay Jam Saturday night in the Carl Sandburg Auditorium.

By Katie Finlon

“You know it’s a party when the police arrive!”

That was one response to security being called when an audience member got on stage and booed one of the Prism Gay Jam performers off-stage 7 p.m. Saturday in the Holmes Student Center’s Carl Sandburg Auditorium.

Ironically, another performer followed that incident with a poem about America giving the “right to hate.”

Prism, an LGBT-straight alliance on campus, hosted the annual event, a variety show with acts in music, poetry, modeling, comedy, dance, and drag.

Acts from all over the DeKalb area come to perform in the show, said junior business major and Prism president Marc Romero Jr.

“It’s kinda just like a big end of the year for Prism,” Romero said. “It’s also a good chance for the community to get involved and get on stage.”

Romeo Jackson, freshman theatre design and technology major and Prism fundraising chair, said this year’s Gay Jam donations will go to the Illinois Safe School Alliance, which participated in the Day of Silence against anti-LGBT bullying.

“It’s a really small organization that people probably haven’t heard of,” Jackson said. “But they’re local, they’re making change, and they have that can-do attitude.”

Prism’s mission is “to provide a support network and positive social outlets for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and ally communities of Northern Illinois University and the surrounding area,” according to Gay Jam’s program.

“I see [Gay Jam] as a way to be open about being gay and express yourself in any way possible,” said DeKalb High School student Lizz Statler.