By Kelly Mason
The OUTspoken Drag Show 2012 will be held on Friday, March 30, from 7 to 10 p.m. in the Bernhard Center East Ballroom. Tickets are $3 for students with their Bronco ID and $5 for non-students.
“It’s a show where men and women dress as the opposite gender and they perform songs, which is a lot of fun to do,” said OUTspoken member Tristan Morton. “They wear extravagant outfits, wigs and makeup and do songs from the Top 40 to songs way back in the day.”
The number of participants is still to be determined because people are still able to join the show. To participate, join the I Love OUTspoken Facebook page and there will be a link to fill out a sign-up form.
On the form, participants are required to give their name, a drag name, whether they’re performing solo, in a duet, trio or more, a contact number and email address. Contestants also have the option to have MODA (the fashion and design organization) dress and style them to bring fun new twists to the show at no cost to the participants. This opportunity has a limited number of spots available.
“It’s basically the ultimate Halloween,” Morton said. “You‘re just an alter ego of yourself. If people didn’t like it, they wouldn’t come.”
At the drag show last year, over 500 people attended and Morton said that number grows every year. Programs such as these empower LBGT people and unify them with WMU and the Kalamazoo community.
“There will be dancing, fun, exhilarating performances and plenty of fierceness to go around,” according the Facebook page OUTspoken Drag Show 2012.
The mission of OUTspoken is to create a community of undergraduate LBGT individuals that is inclusive of WMU’s many diversities, open to the many opinions of the students and be safe for all individuals.