Drag queen singing
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Robert Nelson

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion is hosting a Drag and Burlesque Show from 8:00-11:00 p.m., Saturday, October 2nd, at The Gathering Place. This event is part of the office's celebration of LGBT History Month. This will be a fundraising event in which the performers will give a part of their tips to OutMOV. The Gathering Place Parkhurst dining outlet will also be open to provide food for sale to attendees.

Program description: The word "drag" is believed to have theatrical origins too. The dresses men wore to play female characters would drag along the floor. It soon became a way for men (often gay men, although plenty of heterosexual men wear drag as well) to express a different side of themselves, over-exaggerating feminine looks, style and body language to create a persona. Burlesque dates back to the mid-19th century, but it experienced a decline in the 1970s and 80s. It’s not what you’d see at a strip club — dancers remove clothes but never get completely naked. They use costumes, music and parody to tell stories. Some shows are intellectual, some are political, and some are pure comedy.