Attendees go ga-ga over drag
April 4, 2011 —
Living Proud’s fourth annual drag show took hints from Lady Gaga’s song “Born This Way” to not be a drag, but to be a queen.
Drag queens, drag kings and students looking for a thrill performed at the show Friday, April 1, in the Student Activities Room.
A one dollar donation for admission allowed students and community members to see performers lip sync and dance to popular songs.
Spectators also offered donations to performers with proceeds going to the AIDS Walk in the fall for the Tri- Cities. Living Proud raised more than $1,300 for the walk.
Brian Gates, industrial electrical sophomore at Delta College, said that he was impressed by the showmanship of the performers.
“All the different costumes, songs and their moves are really exciting,” he said.
Performers took to the stage in outfits such as wedding dresses, short shorts and camouflage.
Josh Marshall, a computer science and biology freshman, said he was curious about the drag show and decided to come.
“Being around the gay community is very interesting and very dynamic,” he said.
Performers in the show were introduced with their stage name and announced a fun fact about themselves.
Saginaw’s Missy Micock, whose real name is Glenn Gifford, performed “Born This Way” for an important cause.
“I’m here to raise money for HIV,” Gifford said. “It’s what it’s all about.”
Gifford added that Lady Gaga is his inspiration. He said he didn’t know where he would be today without her.
While many came for entertainment and to support the cause, some came for inspiration.
“I came to get help and ideas for Unison,” said Michael Flores, an art/design student at Delta College. Unison is Delta College’s Gay Straight Alliance.
Living Proud members said they had a record number of resident performers at the event.
Ray Ray Diner, whose real name is Rachel Diener, a creative writing freshman, said that she had been interested in participating in a drag show.
“In college, I wanted to do something extraordinary, and knowing that I could be in a drag show sounded pretty thrilling compared to my boring life,” she said.
The total number of spectators was estimated to be 400. Some students suggested next year’s show should be held in a bigger place due to the attendance.
Gifford said that he hoped those who attended would take away a positive message.
“The message is to be yourself and live your life to the fullest,” he said. “Just be you.”