Performers flaunt the stage in creative drag while lip-syncing for their lives in Mountain View Room //Frances Meng-Frecker and Tyler Delgado
By: Rose Ferrie, Staff Reporter
This past Thursday, November 15, we had a fabulous event here on campus, I had the pleasure of attending the Regis Drag Show. For those of you who do not know, drag is a very old practice that has been a source of empowerment and expression for LGBTQ+ since ancient times where people perform as the opposite gender and get to express their more feminine or masculine selves.
There were both drag kings and queens on the stage, speaking their truths and entertaining the many who came. There was a discussion afterwards about why drag is important and what it meant to the performers. They came from many different backgrounds, many are apart of the LGBTQ+ community and said this was a powerful and peaceful defiance to hate against this community as well as other marginalized groups on campus. People came out to support love and to fight hate in a beautiful way, a great night with amazing people.
At the end of the evening, there was a performer panel and an open floor for commentary. Many students shared their amazement and pride in Regis University for hosting this event and for the administration being so compassionate and supportive.
Recently, the Archbishop of Denver criticized Regis for hosting a drag show on campus. This comment has been a source of tension for the campus in the wake of the event. However, Regis both publicly and at the event stood strong and the Regis values of human dignity blazed on. Janet Houser, Regis University provost, was in attendance on Thursday, along with other faculty and directors. The presence and support of administration inspired students and affirmed the path that Regis chooses to walk as a social justice campus, in support of all humans regardless of sexual or gender identification.
List of performers in order:
Sir Gay Lebaronski (Alana) performing “Bet On It” by Troy
Carsino Royale (Marley) performing “Kiss” by Prince
Angelica Aftershave (Sam) performing “One Night Only” by Beyonce and Sharon Leal
Mad Dog Malone (Madison) performing “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield
Izzy Adams (Isaiah) performing “Fantasy” by Alina Baraz and Galimatias
Starr De La Mar (Shannon) performing “Grace Kelly” by MIKA
Claudia Mercury (Clyde) performing “Waterloo” by Cher