As part of National Coming Out Week, Temple hosted its 6th annual Drag Show on October 2nd from 7 to 10 PM.
Hosted by Drag Queen Kiara Genae, the show featured performances by Temple University Dance Company, D2D. Third place winner Ms. Lee’s emotional performance wowed the crowd. Second place winner, Ms. Penny, started her routine with an original rap and later on performed I Wanna Be Your Man by Zapp and Roger. First place winner, Sakura Allure, transformed into Cardi B and returned to the stage for their rendition of Do You Think Of Me by Misha B.
Drag Show Judge Kalen Allen has been attending the show for four years. He is impressed by the performances and energy from the crowd every year. He believes that the number of students getting involved in National Coming Out Week events will continue to grow by Friday.
Students Kate Whalley and Haydn Williams found the performances emotional and uplifting. They felt that students appreciated the art of the Drag Show, even though they are not a part of the LGBTQIA community.
Temple Student Government President Tyrell Mann-Barnes emphasized that the show’s message was solidarity. He spoke about the Owl Promise initiative and TUnity statement. Barnes urges students to accept everyone’s race, ethnicity, gender, and socio-economic background since it makes Temple’s campus unique and diverse.
Other events during the week included Come Out, Speak Out (Tuesday) and Queer Lunch (Wednesday). The two other events coming up this week are State of the LGBTQIA + Issues Townhall on Thursday from 6:30 to 7:30 PM and NCOW Fest on Friday from 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM.