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Texas Tech University to Host Ninth Annual Drag Show

Amanda Castro-Crist

March 20, 2018

Professional and amateur acts will perform.

Diversity Week

The Texas Tech University Residence Halls Association (RHA), Texas Tech Gender & Sexuality Association (GSA) and PFLAG Lubbock will host the ninth annual Drag Show at 8 p.m. Wednesday (March 21) in the Student Union Building's Red Raider Ballroom.

“Drag is about pushing a boundary, and it is a chance to experiment with identity, a way of playing with different presentations of our self, which allows us to imagine different possibilities in life,” said GSA President Viet Nguyen. “This might be about gender, empowerment or simply the way we define beautiful. In a way, the drag show lifts the LGBTQIA community saying that it is OK to be who you are.”

Four local drag queens from Lubbock's Club Luxor will perform live alongside seven amateur Texas Tech student acts. Chi Chi DeVayne from “RuPaul's Drag Race” will be featured as a special guest performer.

The event is free and open to the Texas Tech and Lubbock community. VIP tickets can be purchased for $15 online, by contacting RHA by email or GSA on Facebook. These tickets guarantee a seat at the show, giveaways and autographed posters, as well as a chance to meet with all the queens post-show. VIP seating will begin at 7 p.m. and general seating will begin at 7:30 p.m.

“Everyone is welcome to attend the drag show,” said Alyson Cole, Texas Tech residence life coordinator. “We do have limited seating, so we recommend arriving at least an hour before seating starts. Attendees can expect to learn a lot and be exposed to the drag culture from every level of experience. I think it's awesome that students, the community and even mainstream professionals are coming out to Texas Tech to perform for this show each year. It's a lot of fun, high-energy and an opportunity for our community here at Texas Tech to support the LGBTQIA and drag communities.”

All proceeds go to PFLAG Lubbock's Lola Marie Drew Scholarship fund. The scholarship is awarded annually to a gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or ally high school senior or college student in the Lubbock community.

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