First drag show concludes Pride Week
By Kayloni Wyatt
Assistant Around the Campus Editor
|Photo by Nate Howard
Dana St. James of Raleigh rallies the crowd to cheer. The drag queens performed many impersonations with different attire.
UNCP’s 10% society hosted Pride Week Oct. 29 through Nov. 1, featuring a fashion show, spiritual seminar and the first drag show.
10% society encourages the acceptance of all sexual orientations: gay, lesbian, bisexual, and straight.
Oct. 29 was the kick off for Pride Week. VIBE, a fashion show was held in the UC lounge.
“This event is to get people to know us. We’re also raising funds for the organization,” said Cheryl Huddleston, a member of 10% society.
There were curtains hanging around on the lounge and a runway going down the middle of the stage.
There were three major designers for the night. The outfits ranged from formal dresses to sleep attire.
At the end of the show, an audience member won one item from the show.
A lifestyle spiritual seminar was held in Oak Hall lounge on Oct. 30 from 9 p.m. until 11 p.m.
|Photo by Nate Howard
Ms. Amaya from Red Springs performs her musical number for the audience. Ms. Amaya said she was proud to perform at UNCP.
The main topic discussed by guest speaker Reverend Micah Royal was the concept of faith from different view points.
“I wanted to make this a religious forum,” said Jamel Porter, president of the 10% Society.
Rev. Royal grew up in Fayetteville in a conservative family.
“About the time I got ordained, the Lord started to shake me up,” Royal said, explaining that he began to realize that he had gay friends.
At first, Royal told his gay friends that they should change to straight. Then his wife shared news with him: she was bisexual.
Royal shared with the audience many positive parts in the Bible dealing with homosexuality, including the book of Samuel, where David and his best friend, Johnathan, kiss and tell each other that they love each other.
“It’s not about going to church or opinions around you,” Royal said. “It’s about the personal relationship with God.”
“God says come as you are. I’m a lesbian, so I’m coming as a lesbian. You’re not supposed to judge,” Cheron McMullen said.
For Halloween, the fourth floor of Oak Hall was transformed into a haunting atmosphere.
There were decorations set up everywhere, along with members of 10% showing off their costumes.
Pride Week was finished off with UNCP’s first professional drag show in the UC lounge.
Dana St. James from Raleigh first performed “That don’t impress me much,” by Shania Twain.
Going into her performance, she wore a pink feather coat that was later taken off to reveal pink chaps with a matching top and hat. Ms. Amaya and Jasmine Vaughn also performed during the event.
Throughout the night, audience members gave money to all three performers.
Each performance had the audience in a trance. They openly joked with audience about being “broke college students.”
Every performer had a different outfit for their performances, which the previous outfits.
“We’ve been to Duke, East Carolina, UNCG, UNC Chapel Hill, and many other schools,” said Ms. Amaya.
“It may be a small crowd now, but trust me in the following years it’s going to get bigger,” she continued.
10% society hosts many events on campus to educate students on awareness and to create an environment for gay, straight and lesbian students to grow.
We have 16 members and more are welcomed to join, Huddleston said.