Grand Rapids Community College’s student club for LGBTQ rights, StandOut, will be hosting a drag show from 7 to 10:30 p.m. today, April 6.
The drag show is a public event that will take place inside GRCC’s Raider Grille from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Following the performance will be an informal dance from 9:30 until 10:30 p.m. with music by Rumors Nightclub’s DJ Monica Parker.
“It was an event that we originally held a couple times over the past few years but we’re just putting a really, really new spin on it this year,” said Miko Beute, 22, vice president of StandOut.
Beute said the “new spin” includes the participation of six of Rumors Nightclub’s very own performers: Jasinya Sanchez, Tequila Sanchez, Madison Sanchez , Vaz De Franzia, Siren, and Cyber Larose. Alongside of them will be one of GRCC’s former students Dizzy Spellz making her first on-stage debut.
During the performance, viewers are encouraged to indulge in baked goods donated by Field & Fire and the Cakabakery.
“Were just trying to spread some fun,” Beute said. “It’s supposed to be a celebration.”
Tickets to the show can be purchased in advance inside the Student Life office with cash or RaiderCard. The cost is $5 for general admission and $10 for VIP, which have already sold out. The day of the show these prices will both go up by $2.
The money from the ticket sales will go toward the club as well as to help cover the cost of the show.
“We didn’t originally have the funds to do it,” Beute said. We had to go into Student Alliance and get (an) extra allocation but we were able to fundraise and pretty much just pay back what we owe.”
According to Beute, the overall purpose of the drag show is not just to promote awareness but to have fun. It gives the students as well as members of the community the chance to be themselves in a non-judgemental environment.
“It’s like having LGBT vibrance in a room,” Beute said. “You can go in there and have fun and be yourself, be accepted, because really (no one) in the room (is focused on) what’s going on with the nature of the LGBT person that may be sitting next to them. They’re just another person. They’re all there to have fun just like you are.”