From Drags to Riches

From Drags to Riches
April 2, 2013 Sam Allen

Gay-Straight-Alliance to host drag show to benefit Interior Aids Association

Performers are dressing in drag, dancing and lip-synching to music spun by DJ Pika at the first annual Gay-Straight-Alliance Drag Show this Friday at the Wood Center Ballroom. UAF Gay-Straight-Alliance (GSA) Co-president Brandy Flores said that most of the acts are associated with UAF, but they’re welcoming everyone, which is why this event is open to the public. Five-dollar donations will be taken at the door with proceeds being split equally between the UAF GSA and the Interior Aids Association.GSA

There is an after party at the Pub starting at 9:30 with Annie Where the Sun Don’t Shine slated to perform. Flores said that some “Kings and Queens want to do like 6 sketches, so we might do stuff between songs (at the Pub). There’s also a possibility that they (Annie Where the Sun Don’t Shine) might be dressed up in drag. You’ll just have to see.”

Flores said GSA is all about “providing a safe and encouraging environment to talk and discuss and share feelings.” She and other members have wanted to become more active which has encouraged them to put on this show. The GSA has talked about helping Lathrop High School form a GSA (as they currently don’t have one), and Flores said they are “working on something for Day of Silence, which is on April 19th.”

The GSA meets every Friday at 4:30 p.m. in the alumni lounge and is welcoming everyone both gay and straight to become involved.

The Tradition Stone:

According to the UAF Sun Star and Brandy Flores herself, the GSA is in possession of the four-hundred-pound tradition stone.

Two UAF students with the coveted Tradition Stone. From Left: Jesse Manchester, Tradition Stone, Ethan Stephens. Photo Courtesy of Jesse Manchester

Two UAF students with the coveted Tradition Stone. From Left: Jesse Manchester, Tradition Stone and Ethan Stephens. Photo Courtesy of Jesse Manchester

As for future plans with the Tradition Stone Brandy says GSA hopes to hold on to it for a while. When asked if it would make an appearance at the drag show she said, “We’ve talked about it, but were not sure yet, it’s a lot to organize. We’re definitely going to bring it to one of the days of Springfest.”






By Sam Allen, Extreme Alaska


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