Drag show brings awareness to LGBTQ community

October 31, 2017

VICTORIA ALMAGUER/ TEJANO TRIBUNE

The EPCC Queer Straight Alliance held a drag show on Oct. 13 in honor

of LGBTQ History    Month and National Coming Out Day which was on Oct.11.

 

The Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) held a drag show on Oct. 13 at the Valle Verde Cafeteria Annex in honor of LGBTQ History Month and National Coming Out day. 


The club usually brings this show to the Fall Human Sexuality Fair.

 

In attendance was the EPCC sociology club, cheer team, film club, M-Factor and Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG). 


According to elpasotexas.gov, M-Factor is “El Paso’s premier social network for young gay and bisexual men.


The M- Factor aims to reduce the spread of HIV and STI among young gay/bi-sexual men by building positive social connections and promote safer sex practices and testing.” 


These clubs assisted at the event by selling concession and passing out pamphlets about the LGBTQ community.


The event kicked off with the invitation to everyone to come to the stage and dance as the drag queens prepared. 


“Not a lot of people are aware that we have a QSA,” Crystal Robert, speech instructor, said. “We want [people] to have a supportive place.” 


Many students came forward to volunteer with PFLAG in honor of the LGBTQ community. 


“We’re gonna show the community that you don’t have necessarily be part of the LGBTQ community to support,” student Irvin Licon said.


As the show started and the drag queens performed, more and more people gathered around. In between the performances, the PFLAG group and M-Factor gave out information about what they stand for. 


“We support, advocate and we educate on issues that are occurring in our LGBTQ,” Grace Perez, President of the El Paso PFLAG, said. 


The M-Factor also informed the public of their program. 


“One of the big communities that we serve is the LGBTQ community,” Elias Gonzales said. 


“We want to provide a safe space were people can come in and ask questions in general learn more in an environment that they might find outside.” 


The three drag queens were Barbie, Glittery Caliente and Maggs. 


“These events are important for people to be comfortable in their own skin,” Maggs said. With years of experience, these queens have been showing glamour and promoting to be yourself. 


“The main about events like these are to show your true colors and accept who you are and others,” Caliente said.
 

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