The University of Louisiana at Lafayette student organization Giving Love, Acceptance, Safety, and Support (GLASS) will host the 12th Annual Drag Show on Nov. 11 in Angelle Hall starting at 7 p.m.
GLASS describes the drag show as “the most astonishing spectacle our university has to offer” on the Eventbrite.com website, where you can purchase tickets for $5. Tickets will also be available at the door for $7.
There is a full lineup of entertainment. The night will consist of performances by students that judges will critique as they compete to become King and Queen GLASS.
Thee Ladies of Bolt and Roslynn Blanc will be there as special guests. The show will include performances by last year’s GLASS King and GLASS Queen as well. The routines will feature lip-syncing, dancing and elaborate dress.
According to Cody Barbier, the president of GLASS, “Drag is primarily about artistic expression and bending and breaking through traditional gender norms that are often very restrictive. It’s been an important part of the queer community for ages now, and we’re happy to be able to bring this to UL.”
The participants have the creative freedom to dress and express themselves how they would like. The students can convey their unique personalities with their outfits and the songs they choose to sing. The only requirement is that it must be appropriate and safe for a family-oriented environment.
The performances of the night will end with the crowning of a new GLASS King and GLASS Queen. The new King and Queen will traditionally reign for a year and perform in next year’s drag show.
The drag show was canceled last year due to COVID-19, however GLASS was determined to make the show happen this year no matter what it took. There has been a year of preparation and a great deal of hard work to make the drag show a reality.
The organization provides a safe place where LGBT can find support and acceptance. According to Barbier, the GLASS aims to “provide a supportive space for queer students and allies where they can be accepted for who they are and have a community.”
The drag show is their way to let everyone have a good time raising awareness and support for the LGBT community. GLASS is all-inclusive and open to anyone regardless of their gender identity. The group focuses on the diversity of its members, and the drag show allows students to express themselves freely and safely.