When life is a drag, let out your inner king or queen

Aarron Coleman
Staff Writer
arc5059@lhup.edu

Lock Haven University brought to us one of the fiercest days of the year with its annual Drag Show, Friday, April 8. The show was put on by the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club.

Hosted by Carrie Oakey (get it?), The Drag Show featured some of the most divine divas I have ever encountered. Hailing from State College, PA; their performances included lip syncing and dance Lock Haven University brought to us one of the fiercest days of the year with its annual Drag Show, Friday, April 8. The show was put on by the Gender and Sexuality Alliance Club.

Hosted by Carrie Oakey (get it?), The Drag Show featured some of the most divine divas I have ever encountered. Hailing from State College, PA; their performances included lip syncing and dance step routines to the hit singles such as “Burnin’ Up” by Jessie J, performed by Illana Van Peters.

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Carrie Oakey, facebook.com

The contestants twirled, cat walked, and even death dropped for the title of Miss Lock Haven, but unfortunately only one could bring home the title. After the last act “Bang Bang,” performed by C.I.A, Carrie Oakey was crowned the victor.

However, that was not the only victory won that night. With the help of the members form G.S.A, Lock Haven was able to raise $480 to donate to the LGBTQ Youth Center in Philadelphia.

Before the divas could pack up and leave for another year, I decided to ask them a few questions about their experiences in the life of drag. The first diva I questioned was Ivanna Coxxx, and she described what drag meant to her. “Drag is whatever you want it to be,” she said. Coxxx also recommended that drag be used as a tool to get things off of your chest.

After Coxxx’s insightful response, I was able to chase down Anja Dixon for a quote as well. She told me the reason she participates in drag is because of her “Drag Mother.” Dixon also really enjoys participating because the energy from the crowd makes her feel good.

20 photos and 15 minutes later, I was finally able to get a quote from Miss Lock Haven herself, Carey Oakey. For anyone wanting to channel their inner diva, or even participate in drag, Oakey recommended that you “just do whatever makes you happy.” Oakey believes that drag is an expression and should be expressed however a person wants.

These were really inspirational quotes from such exceptional individuals. This only proves that these ladies not only have the looks and the talents, but the brains as well. The show was nothing short of amazing, and I couldn’t have asked for better entertainment.

It also warms my heart that Lock haven University donated money to the Attic, a place of great significance to me, since many years ago I used to attend meetings there. I encourage all students and even staff members to go to the next show and see these divas in action. I rate this experience a five out of five eagles.

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