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Presenting the Annual Drag Show

Gay/Straight Alliance Joins Forces with AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist of Northern Indiana to Raise Funds for HIV/AIDS Victims

Published: Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Updated: Wednesday, September 16, 2009 16:09

On Friday, April 4, 2008, at 6:00 p.m., the Indiana University (IU) South Bend Gay/Straight Alliance will produce the IUSB Drag Show to raise money for AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist of Northern Indiana, a nonprofit organization that offers help and guidance to those afflicted with HIV and AIDS. The event will take place in the Northside Hall Auditorium on the IU South Bend campus.

According to Gay/Straight Alliance President David Romero, the drag show will consist of several acts.

"In addition to drag queens, we'll have a couple of drag kings on stage," says Romero. "We've also selected a couple guys who will be made up by drag queens," he continues, "after which the audience will be asked to vote which one looks most like a girl. There'll also be a 'guys in heels' contest," he adds, "the object of which will be to see which of the guys can 'walk the runway' best."

Though drag shows are commonplace in gay culture, many members of the general public have never seen one.

"Our drag show brings the world of drag-one of the more festive sides of gay life-to a lot of people who might not know anything about it," says Romero. "Our drag show," he continues, "which is a South Bend community as well as IU South Bend event, gives people a chance to find out what it's all about, and in a non-threatening environment."

The IUSB Drag Show will have two sponsors: Truman's Entertainment Complex, located in Mishawaka's 100 Center; and Gloria's Club 1902, which is located on Western Avenue. South Bend PC will donate a Dell Pentium 4 computer system that AIDS Ministries will raffle off during the show. IU South Bend student Robyn Black will serve as production manager of the IUSB Drag Show, and it will be hosted by local drag celebrity Bradley Bogaert.

"We are hoping to sell 700 general admission tickets," says Romero, "and 98 VIP tickets. Our drag show," he explains. "The money we raise," he concludes, "helps a lot of people who are in need."

A portion of the proceeds from the performance will go to AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist of Northern Indiana, which has been in operation since 1989. The cost for general admission is $8 per person; VIP tickets are $12 each. For more information about the IUSB Drag Show, please e-mail David Romero at or visit the Facebook group "IUSB Gay Straight Alliance." To learn more about AIDS Ministries/AIDS Assist of Northern Indiana, please go to the organization's Web site at

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