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Queers and Allies show’s a drag but doesn’t disappoint

April 7, 2007

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Performer Spencer Brown, aka "Daisey Bücket," struts down the aisle of Woodruff Auditorium inside the Kansas Union. Kansas University&squot;s Queers and Allies student group celebrated Pride Week with the 14th Annual Brown Bag Drag Show, which played to a packed house Friday at the union.

Performer Spencer Brown, aka "Daisey Bücket," struts down the aisle of Woodruff Auditorium inside the Kansas Union. Kansas University's Queers and Allies student group celebrated Pride Week with the 14th Annual Brown Bag Drag Show, which played to a packed house Friday at the union.

Cold weather couldn't stop 'Pride Week' at KU from getting a bit louder today

Though the event was forced indoors due to the cold weather, members of KU's 'Queer and Allies' put on the '14th Annual Brown Bag Drag Show.' Enlarge video

"They call me Ms. Fahrenheit!"

No one in the capacity crowd Friday at Kansas Union's Woodruff Auditorium was going to argue.

Professional performer Spencer Brown handled hosting duties at the 14th annual Brown Bag Drag Show at Kansas University. The event is the fifth program put on this week by KU's Queers and Allies student group to celebrate Pride Week.

Brown went by many names Friday, but, as the show's "grand hostess," he performed his songs and antics as "Daisey Bücket."

While the show dazzled the roughly 500 audience members inside, sophomore Q&A; member Crystal Hong was busy in the hallway helping navigate traffic. She was disappointed the cold weather forced the show indoors.

"This (drag show) is just one aspect of the queer community," she said. "Having it outside is a little more open because people, straight or gay, walk by and notice the show."

Brock Horner, a freshman from Shawnee, said the special week required planning on every level.

"We're already raising money for next year's events," he said. "The early planning for this starts in the fall."

Other KU students in attendance wanted to show their support of diversity and acceptance of others.

"I think it's an important thing in the world today to appreciate other people and their lifestyles," said KU freshman Annie Vangsnes. "I wish people just had more tolerance for people that live differently than they do."

Other events during Pride Week included discussions on such topics as the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy, which concerns service members' sexuality. Syndicated sex columnist Dan Savage also visited the campus Tuesday night.

Q&A; President and senior Jonathan Pryor said he hopes the show will open eyes and create dialogue on KU's campus.

"Doing a drag show brings attention and it's for fun," he said. "The show is also a way of letting people understand the issues : people face."

Parade today

Pride Week continues with a parade at 11:30 a.m. today.

The route will travel from South Park north down Massachusetts Street and conclude at Watson Park, Seventh and Tennessee streets.

For more information about Pride Week, visit www.kuqanda.org/pride.

- 6News intern Todd Johnson can be reached at 832-6335.

Comments

cutny 8 years, 5 months ago

Nice to see such enthusiasm in your views Marion. Harboring any submissive desires, much? Nice job on the show kids, I send you my flaming good vibes.

Jamesaust 8 years, 5 months ago

Hardly controversial stuff considering that the local cineplex is showing what is perhaps the gayest movie ever put into wide release: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi2t58...

denak 8 years, 5 months ago

Ok, so now it all makes sense. I was driving south on Mass this morning at around 10:00 a.m. and I saw a bunch of idiots out there with signs that read "Gay Hawk" and "God Hates Your Children." The only reason I could think they were there was because there is an Easter Egg Hunt at South Park today(would explain the "God Hates Your Children sign) I thought it was pathetic that they were targeting children but it didn't surprise me given that they target funerals.

So, I'm happy to hear that they haven't stooped that low.(yet)

I still think they are pathetic but at least their hatred is directed towards adults and not children.

Dena

P.S. As for 300, I'm not going to knock ANY movie that has 300 buffed men running around in basically nothing more than loin cloths. So as a heterosexual female I stand in solidarity with my male homosexual brothers on this one.

Jamesaust 8 years, 5 months ago

denak: God apparently does a lot of hating these days. How else to explain: http://www.godhatessweden.com/

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