Cougar Pride Club Hosts 5th annual Drag Show

VanCougars who are ready for a night of entertainment and fun should get ready as the Cougar Pride Club presents the fifth annual Cougar Pride Drag Show. According to computer science major and Cougar Pride club treasurer Audrey Ramberg, the show features a different theme every year and this year the theme is “Outer Space.” Previous show themes have included “Cirque de Rainbeaux” and “A Black Tie Affair.” Ramberg added that this year’s Drag show will include both professional and amateur performers.

“This year we are going to be doing away with the stage and, instead, we are going to have a dance floor where the performers can interact more with the audience,” Ramberg said.

Ramberg added that along with the performances “we are going to be educating students about gender issues in our society and educating about the history of drag.”

According to tqsmagazine.co.uk, a drag queen is usually described as a man impersonating a woman, or several women, for the purpose of entertainment or performance. They can range from those who do it as a job to those who do it as a form of artistic expression.

Men dressing as women and performing has been around for centuries. In Shakespearean and classical Chinese theatre men would play the parts of women because women were not permitted to appear on stage. However, early forms of traditional drag appeared on American stages near the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Cougar Pride club Vice President Corey Bennett told the VanCougar that the Drag Show has been a success on campus in previous years and that “students have been asking about when the next drag show will be.”

According to vancouver.wsu.edu, Cougar Pride Club began in 2009 by students and alumni of Washington State University Vancouver who believe that “all Cougs are created equal.”

Cougar Pride club is the Registered Student Organization (RSO) represents the LGBTQQIAA (Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex, Asexual, and Ally) community at WSU Vancouver. Similar to many GSAs (Gay/Straight Alliances), they work to ensure an inclusive environment for LGBTQQIAA students at WSU Vancouver.

Bennett, a senior majoring in English, also added that other clubs and student organizations plan to help with the Drag show this year and have worked collaboratively with Cougar Pride club on other events as well.

The drag show, scheduled for April 25 at 8 p.m. will be held at the Firstenburg Student Commons (FSC), as it has every year. Ramberg stated that attendance at previous Drag shows has been high and last year’s event was attended by roughly 200 students and had 7 or 8 performers.

According to Bennett, the drag show is open to students, faculty, staff and community members. Although the event is free, there is a $5 suggested donation. Bennett said that the funds donated go to support Cougar Pride Club, as well as community programs.

“We work with Martha’s Pantry, a food bank that works with people suffering with HIV and AIDS, and we have worked with WORTH, which is a part of the YWCA that collects bras and underwear for women who are incarcerated and who help rehabilitate recently released women,” Bennett said.

Those interested in learning more about the drag show or Cougar Pride Club are encouraged visit the Cougar Pride club on Facebook and CougSync.

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