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Annual drag show to be held at Mable Peabody’s

Annual drag show to be held at Mable Peabody’s

March 29
09:44 2013

H. Drew Blackburn

Senior Staff Writer

The drag performers have evocative names such as EZ Cummings, Tina Mantequilla and Roxy Rondevous. On Saturday, these performers will strut their stuff as part of UNT’s Gay and Lesbian Advocates and Defenders Annual Drag Show. The show will be at Mable Peabody’s, 1125 E. University Drive, suite 107.

Studio art senior Monica Ugartechea, GLAD’s event promoter, will perform under the name Will Hung.

“Say ‘Will Hung’ a few times,” Ugartechea said. “It’s pretty hilarious, and drag names are most notorious for being campy or amusing. Also, I thought it was classier than choosing Ricky V.I.Penis.”

Ugartechea said the event will feature a comedy routine by Dallas-based transgender comedian Jeffery Jay, as well as drag performances directed by Lily Lovely, a Dallas-based burlesque dancer.

GLAD hosts the annual show to  raise funds and create an inclusive environment and generate acceptance within the gay and queer community.

“During a drag performance, it is customary for the performer to be tipped for their talent or charm,” Ugartechea said. “All of the performers for this event know and love to help out this organization, so 100 percent of the tips accumulated from each act goes directly to GLAD funding.”

Some of the events funded by the drag show are GLAD Prom, camping trips and attracting speakers for meetings, Ugartechea said.

French senior Brooke Dooley said she has been attending the drag shows since she enrolled at UNT, and will attend the show on Saturday.

“It’s also an opportunity for queer people to create a safe and empowering space for ourselves where we can radically defy the patriarchal system with glitter and high heels,” Dooley said.

English senior Ephraim Freese, president of UNT’s GLAD chapter, said the show on Saturday is the fourth he’s led.

“I came back because of conversations that occurred between members,” Freese said.  “It was an amazing energy to be a part of, to watch people pushing the boundaries of this community that exists because of them, for them, and to watch people struggle together. I couldn’t help but stay.”

The drag show will be held around the same the Supreme Court is having hearings to determine the legality of gay marriage.

Freese said the show provides a stronger tie in the gay community during the time of the hearings.

“It’s maybe easier or more needed to have events where people can be who they are and do what they want,” Freese said. “There isn’t too much relation because our community holds so many more sexual and gender identities than the current Supreme Court cases come close to touching. These cases are only a much needed step, and the show provides some much needed fun.”

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