You better work! Local queens turn it out for on-campus drag show

Tens! Tens! Tens across the board! UMKC’s Delta Lambda Phi fraternity hosted its second annual drag show on campus last week to raise money for charity.

The show featured a number of local drag queens, including a performance by the fraternity’s own president, Jared McClellan.

The fraternity accepted donations at the door to benefit the Trevor Project, a crisis hotline for LGBT+ youth – an organization the fraternity actively supports.

“We try to work with a bunch of organizations around the city,” explained chapter secretary Kris Sturm. “Normally our volunteering stuff is over at the Ronald McDonald House, but then we like to donate to a series of charities. In the past, we’ve done clothing drives. This year we wanted to do The Trevor Project.”

The show was chock-full of high-energy music, leotards, cartwheels, lip-syncing and a jump-split here and there.

The queens lip-synced and danced on a stage built to resemble a high fashion runway to the likes of Kesha, Doja Cat and even some Nirvana.

The show was hosted by local drag queen E-V, who when not moonlighting as a rising star in the Kansas City drag scene, is a senior at a metro-area Catholic high school.

“I feel that a drag show taking place at an academic institution is a smart thing to do,” said E-V. “Everyone is so focused on school work sometimes that it’s good to let go some. Drag defines expression and fun. I think events like this are very important when it comes to advancement in the LGBTQ community because it’s teaching young people even more that drag is normal and that queer people are normal.”

While this event was no “RuPaul’s Drag Race” or “Paris Is Burning,” it was a testament to the art of drag, especially in Kansas City, as well as UMKC celebrating diversity and LGBT+ culture.

For more information regarding UMKC’s Delta Lambda Phi fraternity, visit their Facebook page @UMKCDLP. For more information regarding other LGBT+ organizations, events and services visit UMKC’s RooGroups or contact UMKC’s Division of Diversity and Inclusion.

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