By Jounghun Kim |Staff Writer|
Beautiful queens and even a handsome king took the stage for “Fierce! A Night of Drag” in the Santos Manuel Student Union.
On Wed., Feb. 6 the SMSU’s Pride Center held their annual fiery event that has attracted many professionals to CSUSB.
The professional performers were dancing and the lights where brilliantly shining.
Before the big event, amateur performers took the stage, including Iva Fetish, Kawaii Katastrophe and Miss Ogyny. In full make-up and with all their talents on display, they showed the audience that they can give a great performance as much as the professional performers.
“It was a great show. I’m interested in gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender community, so I came here to enjoy the show. I was so confused whether the performer was man or women which made this so much fun!” said student Anthony Jones.
A drag show typically consists of men dressing up as women and women dressing up as men. The show consists of a variety of songs, monologues and skits featuring either single performers or groups of performers in drag meant to entertain an audience.
Drag performer and emcee Morgan McMichaels started the show with an awesome Gwen Stefani impersonation. She sashayed down the catwalk to the tune of “Just a Girl,” and “Spiderwebs.”
The other queens included Pandora Boxx, who did a hilarious performance based on the movie “Bridesmaids;” Mayhem Miller, who seemed to be made of glitter; Sonique, who expertly exhibited her acrobatic skills; Landon Cider, the only drag king, who did a great Pitbull impersonation and a side-splitting IE Cholo routine; and Raven, the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” superstar who looked beautiful in her outfits.
One of Raven’s outfits was particularly stunning; she pranced around the room in a massive brown afro and a Missoni one-piece swimsuit that was reminiscent of the 1970s.
It was also Mayhem’s birthday, so she was showered by students with ones, fives and the occasional ten or twenty.
Being an international student from Korea, I did not know what the drag show was about. When I arrived at the SMSU to watch the show, I said to my friend, “She is so beautiful,” and wondered what the drag show part of the event was.
It was a little weird at first, but as time went by, it became fun and I began to enjoy the show.
After doing a little research once I got back to my dorm my friend and I were shocked. My first reaction was that “She is not a woman, she is a man. They are all men or transgenders.”
I thought drag shows where only in Thailand since transgenders and gays are very popular there.
The Pride Center provides a platform for social justice as it is related to the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and asexual, where they provide a safe, comfortable and open academic environment for all persons on campus.
They serve to the greater campus community, through education, advocacy and social justice. As well as educating and advocating on issues such as homophobia, heterosexism, inclusive language, and other sexual or gender identity issues.