by Josh Quintana
It’s 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, instead of shuffling over to Semesters,the regular Devil’s’ Den crowd heads to Alumni Hall for what is the best of the best as far as Devil’s’ Den goes – the Drag Ball.
What is immediately evident upon entering the Drag Ball was the level of detail and work that was put into the organization of such an event. Marlena Oliveri, PRIDE Club president, could be seen in the hours leading up to the opening of the Drag Ball running to and from Alumni Hall and the PRIDE office, located on the second floor of the Student Center. She kept saying amidst her hurrying, “Tonight is going to be worth the work,” and “It’s going to be a great time, once we get set up.”
The Drag Ball is put on by the quirky and often times whimsical PRIDE Club here on campus. PRIDE Club is one of the most active clubs here. They make the effort to help those who are confused or trying to figure out where they stand in terms of personal, sexual and gender preference. It’s not only about being gay, bisexual or transexual – it’s also about finding out if asexual is who you are or maybe even demi-sexual. Just because you’re straight doesn’t mean you can’t be involved in the Club or enjoy the Drag Ball!
The Drag Ball is put on by the Central Connecticut PRIDE Club and the Central Activities Network (CAN). It is arranged so that professional drag queens can set the tone of the night for those amateur drag queens and kings to get a feel for the atmosphere and not be left out of the fun.
The range of professional and amateurs who perform at the Drag Ball really provide a fun and entertaining atmosphere. After they had performed, several students got involved and did their own shows. Some went in drag while others decided not to perform in drag at all.
The lineup of the professional drag queens that graced the stage with their presence was talented, to say the least. Morgana De Luxe and Summer Orlando knocked it out of the park with their performances and made one thing for sure, this event is always one of the best times you can have on campus.
“I thought it went really well. I just didn’t like that they turned the music up or that the straight guys won because they weren’t in drag,” said Sara Carey, treasurer for PRIDE Club taking issue with some of those students who decided to perform not in drag. “So it’s basically just a strip tease.”
However, she noted that thanks to everyone who came and donated, the PRIDE Club was able to make a major contribution to a pro-LGBTQ organization.
“We raised $236 for True Colors,” said Carey.
“The Drag Ball was a blast,” said senior Megen Litwinczyk.
For those who are interested in joining the PRIDE Club or are passionate about LGBTQ issues on campus, the PRIDE Club meets every Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Center, or visit the PRIDE Office on the second floor of the Student Center.