They say boys are from Mars and girls are from Venus, but in this day and age all that matters is we share this big, blue planet. What better way to celebrate that than with the campus’s always-popular drag show?
Saturday April 13 at 3:30 p.m and 7 p.m, the Student Organization for Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally Students will be hosting this semester’s drag show in the Lory Student Center Theatre.
The SOGLBT* hopes to expose the audience to a night in the drag culture.
“A lot of people think drag is only for transsexuals. There needs to be more education,” said Nicolas Delgado, CSU freshman and co-chair of the drag show.
Dressing in drag is something that people of all sexual orientations can take part in. SOLGBT* President Brian Stewart explained that the drag shows have had plenty of heterosexual participants.
“Drag gives you the opportunity not only to be yourself, but take on a new persona,” he said.
This weekend’s drag show includes 25 performances varying from stand-up comedy to lip synching.
Entrance is free and donations are accepted, all of which will be given to the Northern Colorado AIDS project.
“I love seeing the audience so excited about something that has such negative stigmas,” Stewart said.
Delgado claimed the drag show is the biggest event on campus next to a football game.
“I’m so blessed to be in charge of something so well-liked,” Delgado said.
With the show’s growing popularity, it is hard to believe that it started almost 20 years ago in the basement of the LSC.
As word spread, the audience began to rapidly increase.
“By 2010 — the first show I worked on — the crowd was huge. People were sitting on the floor and right against the stage,”former SOLGBT president Jess Cytron said. “The show developed a pretty big following.”
According to Cytron, this show is letting voices be heard and visibly breaking down barriers for the GLBT* community.
“I have no doubt in my mind that this will be a great show,” Cytron said.
All the members of SOGLBT emphasize that they are a welcoming community. “We hope to reach out to the CSU community and let others who identify with us know that there is a place for them,” Cytron said.
As Delgado said, “Come to the show, and fierceness will be guaranteed.”
Music and Performing Arts Beat Reporter Peyton Garcia can be reached at email@example.com.