Student Activity Committee in partnership with Student Involvement and That Gay Group! hosted Wichita State’s fourth annual drag show in the Campus Activities Center Theater. The show was the culminating point for gay pride week.
For those that are uncertain of what a drag show is, it is a performance where a person dresses in a persona of the opposite gender, usually in the pursuit of comedy.
“It’s a form of entertainment that is unique to the LGBT community,” said TGG president Jacob Kremky. “Bringing that to Wichita State is something that we [TGG] feel the student body can greatly benefit from.”
The show began with a dance by drag queen host Divinity Masters to a mash-up of select Lady Gaga tracks. Next came Audrey McQueen doing a routine to Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” while dressed in Miley’s VMA outfit—teddy bears and foam finger included.
Other acts included drag queens Brown Sugar and Ivory James along with drag king Ladies’ Man.
A definite high point of the night was when 10-year drag queen veteran Ivory James performed a hip-hop dance routine to a mash-up of fast paced Beyonce hits. In four inch heels none the less.
“I love the reaction from the crowd. If I have a dead crowd, I feel nothing. If I have a live crowd I feel like I’m unstoppable,” said James. “You [WSU] had an amazing crowd tonight.”
The night ended with Divinity Masters performing Marc Almond’s “What Makes a Man a Man,” where she shed her persona and transformed back into a man before the crowd’s eyes.
“It’s all about celebrating diversity,” said James. “It doesn’t matter if you’re gay or straight. It doesn’t matter anything at all. It’s all about having a good time and enjoying music.”
Divinity Masters probably said it best when she told the crowd at the end of the show, “Be the best version of you, you can be.”