Dust off those crowns, slip into something tantalizing, prepare to dress in drag and show off the queen or king in you.
That’s right. The 15th Annual Drag Show, which benefits local HIV/AIDS awareness organizations, is coming to campus March 9 in the Performing Arts Center concert hall. The show starts at 7 p.m. The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual Transgender Alliance and the Sexual Awareness Center are sponsoring the annual benefit.
The drag show is an annual event benefiting the Sean Humphrey House, as well as the Evergreen AIDS Foundation. All proceeds are donated evenly between the two. Last year, according to Kristin Ericson, office coordinator of the LGBTA, the show raised about $2500 for each organization.
The Sean Humphrey House is a house providing a safe-haven for adults who are living with HIV/AIDS. Some of the services offered, as stated by the Sean Humphrey Web site, include residence, meals, medication management services, counseling, recreational activities, support groups and 24-hour care. It is one of the only Adult Family Homes licensed by the State of Washington to provide these services.
The Evergreen AIDS Foundation is the largest organization north of Seattle and south of Vancouver, B.C. offering services such as case management, transportation and housing services to those affected by HIV/AIDS.
For this year’s show, audience members can expect similar things to last year’s performance: queens and kings dolled up performing in solo acts, dance performances, vocal renditions of songs and other little skits.
“A lot of it will be the same,” said Kyle Fowler, LGBTA assistant coordinator. “The acts will be different, but it’s also grown quite a bit. It’s become much more of an event for the community – not just the Western campus – but Bellingham in general. It definitely is more of a hallmark now.”
The event will be separated into different acts with contests, giveaways, a raffle and I Saw You’s dispersed in between. I Saw You’s, which are basically a shout out or a means of embarrassing friends or performers, can be purchased at the event before intermission for $3 and after intermission for $5
An audience favorite is the drag contest for audience members, who, for those that come dressed in drag, get to strut their stuff for the best catwalk and best outfit.
The event also includes a drag makeover auction, in which friends can bid on winning their friend a makeover. Whoever gets the highest bid gets the makeover and is revealed later in the show.
Mallards, The Bagelry, CreativiTea, the Body Shop, and Eclipse Books are donating prizes for the raffle. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased at the event.
With over ten diverse performances, a fair mix of queens and kings, prizes, makeovers, cat calls and a benefit for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention to top it off, the 15th Annual Drag Show provides, as Fowler says, a night that is designed for a great cause.
“It’s very rewarding to know how helpful this benefit will be,” said Fowler. “It is definitely very popular, so one thing I would say is get your tickets early. This is one thing that usually sells out pretty quickly especially with everyone on campus knowing and the community now.”
Tickets are $9 for students and $11 for others. Non-perishable items like cans of food can be brought in for 50 cents off, with a limit of four items.