Love is a Drag

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Posted Thu, Feb 27, 2014

Drag Queen poses as she performs on the stage.

QUEEN FOR A DAY: Drag Queen poses as she performs on the stage. [Photo by Travis Foster]

DENVER, Auraria Campus – It might have been a drag for those who didn’t have a Valentine this past Valentine’s Day, but for the Gay Lesbian Bisexual Transgender (GLBT) student services, Valentine’s Day was a day to say, “Love is a Drag.”

The GLBT student services hosted its annual “Love is a Drag” event in the Tivoli Turnhalle on Feb. 13 from 12:15-5 p.m.

During the event there were many activities where the audience was able to participate.

* 12:15 -2 p.m. a drag workshop was taught by a drag king troupe La Galla. The workshop consisted of activities such as hairstyling, make-up, outfits, stage presence as well as drag persona.

* From 2-3 p m. sexual education trivia was the next activity hosted by Planned Parenthood. There were five rounds of sex trivia highlighted by naming the reproductive system for both females and males.

Throughout the event the hosts would engage with the audience and make them laugh. For some of audience members Love is a Drag was not their first time attending this event.

“There wasn’t much of a difference,” said Auraria sophomore Morgan Farrell. “It was set up the same way [as last year], but had a few different performers and a few that were the same. I think I enjoyed last year’s [Love is a Drag event] better, because it was my first time attending an event like that, and I didn’t know what to expect. This time around I kind of knew what to expect.”

Around every Valentine’s Day the GLBT student services holds this event to spread awareness of drag. For some people dressing in drag makes them feel more comfortable about themselves and their self-confidence.

“It’s really important to have space to play with and explore gender and sexuality,” said GLBT staff member and Auraria senior Megan Fowler. “Drag can help inspire confidence and help people find community. I think drag culture is really foundational to the GLBT movement, because a lot of early events in the movement like Stone Wall were started by drag performers.”

From 3-5 p.m. there was a drag performance in which drag kings and queens performed. There were about six different performances in which each performer danced and lip synced to a their song choice.

“I learned that drag doesn’t always have to be glamorous,” Farrell said. “Drag can be fun and playful and not taken seriously. It teaches those of the GLBT community to love, and be true to themselves as they are and to not try to impress others by being or acting like something they aren’t.”

As the performances continued, more people showed up to watch the event. Throughout the drag performances tips were accepted which benefited Rainbow Alley, a drop-in center that supports Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth.

Regardless of sexuality, GLBT officials believe it is important to support those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender. People who are gay, lesbian or transgender deal with problems on a daily basis, and with the support of the community, those problems could be prevented.

“I think it’s important to have this kind of event for the exposure, support and acceptance,” Farrell said.  “Some people still don’t know how to react to the GLBT community, and events like this make it a fun way to introduce themselves into the world.

“We are a state funded office like career center, so our primary job is to provide resources for people on campus, social space and a lending library,” Fowler said. “Also, we do trainings and events on campus to increase awareness and education around GBLT issues.”

The annual Love is a Drag event is open to anyone who wants to perform or participate. Anyone is free to sign up to 24 hours before the event is held. All you have to do is submit a song of your choice, your stage name, and you are all set for your performance.

If anyone is seeking help or wants to support the GLBT student services, their office is always open in the Tivoli room 213 Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

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About Travis Foster

Travis Foster is a freelance writer for the Metropolitan State University of Denver. He attended Overland High School in Aurora, CO and was part of the Newspaper staff his junior and senior year. He graduated with a first place state award for breaking sports news.

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