HAVEN’s annual Drag Show entertains, surprises attendees
Published: Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:10
The music thumped, lights flashed and audience members screamed as Carmen Carrera stepped onto the stage for this semester’s Drag Show Friday night, covered only by minimal, carefully-placed body paint. The show, sponsored by HAVEN, drew hundreds of people into Trabant University Center’s multipurpose rooms to cheer on the professional drag queens.
Junior Ashlynn Delhagen she went to the drag show for a fun thing to do on a Friday night. She said she had been to the student show in the spring and had never experienced a professional drag show before.
While Delhagen said she enjoyed the drag show, she was blindsided by the nudity Carrera displayed during the show.
“I definitely wasn't expecting it, that's for sure,” Delhagen said. “It was definitely surprising when she walked out almost nude.”
Despite the unexpected nudity, Delhagen said she thought the audience responded well to it. However, she said she was not sure if it was a good idea for the nudity to occur, as she said she believes the university does not support shows that have that content. She said she was not sure if Carrera was informed of any policies or if she simply disregarded them.
HAVEN declined to comment on Carrera’s instances of onstage nudity and if it went against university policies.
Junior Public Relations Director of HAVEN Jessica Snyder said the drag show occurs once in the fall and once in the spring. She said members of HAVEN have been planning and organizing the event since the summer.
“It’s really the major program that we do for the year,” Snyder said. “Essentially since we started school until now, it’s been all about drag show.”
Snyder said this year’s drag show featured five performers; Carmen Carrera, Ivy Winters, Paige Turner, Chelsea Piers and university alumna Anita Mann.
This was the first year the show had an intermission to allow for a raffle drawing, Snyder said. All of the proceeds for this year’s raffle will go to Big Brothers, Big Sisters, as they are heavily involved in helping the queer youth, and a former president became heavily involved in the programming, which prompted them to donate, Snyder said.
“Drag show is HAVEN’s biggest event of the year,” Snyder said. “It’s important for us to have queer visibility on campus, and we do that through HAVEN. The drag show attracts all people, like LBGTQ, QIAA [questioning, intersex, asexual and ally], allies, people who identify in the queer community, so it’s just a really good event that we enjoy putting on for the community because it’s happy exposure to queer things that have everyone come together and enjoy a great show.”