Queens drag in dollars for charity
Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Updated: Thursday, October 3, 2013 13:10
With the help of high heels and higher hair, Miami University’s Spectrum Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning (LGBTQ) Association recently hosted its first drag show of the year at Top Deck Bar.
The revenue from the event, which is held twice a semester, goes to charity. This year, the money went to Women Helping Women of Hamilton County.
Women Helping Women is a social service agency with multiple chapters throughout Ohio. According to its website, the foundation was established in 1973, “on the feminist belief that individuals within a community can and do provide effective support and counseling for each other.”
The organization is targets victims of sexual assault and stalking. Contrary to the organization’s name, help is there for “women and men of all backgrounds, sexual orientations and abilities,” as stated by the group.
In the past, the Spectrum drag show has raised money for charity at Balcony and Stadium Bars. Top Deck’s General Manager Mark Johnson said he is glad the organization is returning to Top Deck for the second time.
“This is definitely one of our more unusual events, since we mostly cater to fraternities and sororities,” Johnson said. “But it’s still a fun night for the bar.”
Top Deck’s doors opened at 11 p.m. and the show continued until 2 a.m.
During the show, drag queens preformed on a catwalk, lip-syncing and dancing to popular songs. Audience members danced and cheered along, tipping the “girls” with dollar bills, often taken by mouth. In between acts, host Mirelle Jane Divine entertained the crowd.
The queens brought in over $290 in tips alone, according to sophomore Amber Brown, an event organizer.
Drag being a definite highlight of gay culture, senior and Specturm co-president Brandon Sweeney said he loves when students personally get involved in the show.
“We normally have a professional come in from the outside, as we did for this show,” Sweeney said. “They are amazing, but watching someone you know participate is something else.”
Former Spectrum member and Miami graduate Amy Bruno said the whole night is exciting, but she enjoys the festivities before the show the most.
“The performers really love to interact with the audience members, so it makes it a lot more fun than just watching,” Bruno said. “And the best part of it all is that all proceeds will be donated to charity.”