UCPC hosts fourth annual Drag Rave featuring Shangela and Monique Heart

Performers danced and lip-synced to music as they strutted down the catwalk

By Sydney Faison
On April 19, 2019

Photo by Axel Marcenaro: Aruba Water takes the stage with a latin twist to the music and dance. The CJ Davidson was packed for the event, with numerous student organizations and students showing their support for the LGBTQ+ community.


The University Center Program Council on April 9 presented the fourth annual Drag Rave in the C.J. Davidson Conference Center. 
The event featured Shangela and Monique Heart, former competitors on the television show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
“It was an amazing event and I personally enjoy drag shows especially since the performers walk way better in heels than I do,” senior Anisa Galvan said. “I really am glad the school is allowing more diversity and representation for the LGBTQ+ community and the fact that we are educating more people on this is really needed, considering we are a generation that is making change each day.”
The performers danced and lip synced to music as their dazzling outfits were stuffed with dollar bills from audience members.
“I think Drag Rave is an amazing collaborative effort between the different organizations to promote awareness and knowledge about drag and the LGBTQ+ community,” Kiana Hollins, UCPC president, said.
Performers stepped off the stage to interact with audience members who sang and danced along to the music. 
“It was a wonderful event with many unique performers who are enthusiastic about what they do,” senior Destiny Chapman said. “I am always entertained whenever I come to the drag shows since the performers are engaged with the audience.”
Attendees applauded and cheered as the performers came together during the closing of the show. Flowers were given to the performers. 
After the event, audience members had the opportunity to take photos and get autographs from the performers. 
Shangela said that sometimes in life, people will not always support or like you but, in the end, you have to remember that in order to make it in this world you have to love, like and support yourself. We must look at ourselves and love who we are because people will want to be attracted to you, she said.
Nick Ellis, UCPC art and film committee chairperson, said he wants people to know that drag queens are normal people who are making a living entertaining people.
 “Just because a man likes to dress as a woman or vice versa does not make their interests, profession or hobbies less than,” Ellis said. “Drag queens have made names for themselves in television, film, music, fashion and so on causing it to become a prominent staple in pop culture. Although drag is more mainstream than ever, there are still people that think of it as weird. I want to break that stigma and show students that drag is an art form and although it can be subjective, it shouldn’t be something to be afraid of.”
  Ellis said his biggest rewards get from putting on the drag show each year is being able to showcase inclusivity by providing a safe space for LGBTQ+ students bringing awarness to drag performance and allowing students the opportuniy to learn more about the culture.
 Ellis said he had seen this show transform tremendously over the past few years. When it first started, they only had three local performers and two sponsoring organizations. 
“As the years went on, the collaboration with student orgs and Greek Life has grown, the number of attendance has grown and the number of performers continue to grow,” Ellis said. “I am so proud of how this event has impacted the Ram Fam because without the support we received over the years, we would not have made it to the 4th year. The continuing success of this event will help it continue to be a staple at ASU for years to come.”


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