After months of planning, the Gay Straight Alliance on campus will finally be in the spotlight by hosting a professional drag show.
Nicolas Nelson, a junior at SDSU, said he is most looking forward to the energy expected to fill the room. However, he said he is apprehensive because he is one of two students from SDSU officially participating in the show.
“I have only met a few of the performers and I am considered the new kid,” he said.
The drag show is expected to provide GSA the opportunity to network, make connections and form bonds with other colleges.
Joshua Sulloway, a junior at SDSU, said many students were showing a lot of interest in drag shows and that led to a student vote, which then resulted in the planning of the drag show.
“There is so much that has to be done [to put on the drag show]. The contacting of drag queens, behind-the-scenes work and notifying the UPD and Brookings police department are just a few things that need to be taken care of,” he said.
After the drag show, the participants will be walking around the Brookings downtown area in their outfits and the use of the UPD and the Brookings police is mainly a safety precaution.
There is the misconception that the GSA drag show is similar to Hobo Day’s Miss Homelycoming, when in fact that is not the case.
“Miss Homelycoming is thought of as more of a joking matter, while the drag lifestyle and show are more culturally based,” Sulloway said. “Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy Miss Homelycoming, but you can hardly compare the two shows.”
There has been very little opposition to the GSA drag show. In fact, Sulloway said he and the rest of the GSA are receiving the opposite response. However, Sulloway is not ruling out any opposition before the performance, and is keeping a watchful eye out for participants.