After a two year hiatus the Colorado State University Drag Show is back.
The Pride Resource Center worked in collaboration with Housing & Dining Services and RamEvents to bring back the long-standing tradition. The show was free and open to the public and featured student, local and statewide drag artists. Tips were accepted at the show with all of them being used for the CSU LGBTQ Scholarship Fund. The show had around 1200 people in attendance and collected more that $4000 dollars in tips.
Student event organizers build a balloon arch for the post-show photo booth prior to the drag show beginning April 16.
As the crowd pours into the Grand Ballroom, the Colorado State University Drag Show graphic is shown on the television screens April 16.
A Colorado State University LGBTQIA+ pride lanyard hangs off of the edge of a drag artist’s makeup station backstage April 16.
MaveRick’s makeup sits on a table backstage as they prepare to perform April 16.
Drag King MaveRick prepares to start their makeup backstage before the show April 16. “Drag helps us to be able to explore all those parts of who we are and to give that little voice a voice to really speak out.” MaveRick said.
Drag King MaveRick applies their makeup backstage before the show April 16. “There is a character that you’re portraying or you’re kind of living an alter-ego through that character,” MaveRick said. “For some drag performers, their performer, or stage persona, is vastly different than their muggle life. But for some people, that’s not the case. For some people, there’s no difference between the two…I find that to be the case for myself. Maverick is Maverick. Other than some makeup, there’s not a whole lot of difference there.”
Drag King MaveRick applies their makeup backstage before the show April 16. “Being able to come in and help any of the students who are thinking, ‘Is this something I want to do?’…It’s helping them explore where they are on the spectrum,” MaveRick said. “I know it definitely helped me of understanding where I was on the spectrum as well and helping me explore some of the different facets of who I am.”
Drag King MaveRick begins their makeup backstage before the show April 16.
Drag King MaveRick applies their makeup backstage before the show April 16. Explaining the fluidity of their drag identity, Maverick said, “I start the show as a femme, spend two hours doing makeup and stuff, and then during an intermission, I’m turning around and turning into my masculine side”