On April 19, from 7 to 10 p.m., the Penn College Alliance will hold their third annual "Drag Show at Penns Inn", at the Bush Campus Center.
Penn College Alliance, which was formed in 2006, has been putting on the show for three years now, after being inspired by seeing a drag show at the Mid Atlantic Lesbian Gay Bi and Transgendered conference in Bloomsburg.
"The big thing that pushed us to do this was seeing a drag show in Bloomsburg. We talked to other people about it," Topher Trivelpiece, treasurer of the Penn College Alliance.
The Penn College Alliance will hold its third annual “Drag Show at Penns Inn”?featuring host Carol Ann Carol Ann (shown) from 7 to 10 p.m. April 19. For more information, visit Penn College Alliance Facebook at www.face book.com/pcalliance.
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After David Earle, public relations officer for the club, contacted other people, he was able to schedule performers from the show they saw to perform at Penn College.
Performers for this year will be host Carol Ann Carol Ann from Kunkletown; Guadalupe del Fuego from Bloomsburg and Chynna V. Ciara Buffet from Sunbury. There also will be Drag Kings performing for the night, Shawn Morgan and Xander Morgan.
Jess Keyser, vice president of the group, said there will be refreshments as well as time after to ask the performers questions.
"We'll do a question-and-answer after the performance with the audience too," he said. "And they are not afraid to answer any questions."
"The performers know that many people in the audience might not know everything about drag. They know not a lot of people understand what they are doing," Trivelpiece said.
"We noticed after the first year that some people didn't know anything about it. So, for the second year, we had the performers answer questions from the audience," Earle said, "We not only want to promote awareness for drag, but for the community overall."
"I hope this event will be educational as well as entertaining. There isn't a largely visible LBGT community in this area. With the closing of Club Z, there isn't really a place where you can see this, so hopefully more people will come out," Trivelpiece said.
Trivelpiece explained that drag kings and queens took rise in 1969 with the gay rights movement. "At that time, you couldn't go to a club as a man and dance with a man without being arrested," he said, "Drag was a way to escape oppression. Now drag symbolizes fighting for rights."
"Not only do we want this to be an educational experience, but also we want people on campus to come out too. It'll be a great way to bring together school and community," Keyser said.
"My biggest thing is the educational value as well," Earle said. "We want people to know what we're here for and have a better understanding of what we're fighting for as well."