Dudes look like ladies for charity

Makeup is being purchased. Dresses, pants and outfits; the likes of which you are not quickly to forget are being put together. You may have noticed an upsurge in the purchase of wigs. As one performer put it, “I’m gonna tease my hair up until it takes over Huntsville, and we’re gonna put on a show, gurl.”

That’s right ladies and gentlekats, the 2nd Annual Sam Houston State University Drag Show is upon us once again. On April 26 at 7 p.m. in AB3’s Dance Theatre, a drag queen show will be put on for students.

“The show is not meant to focus primarily on gay stuff,” CJ Maciejeski, one of the organizers of the show said. “It’s a chance for us to make a presence on the campus, but this is definitely our unique way of raising money for a charity – that’s what we want people to focus on as they’re getting entertained.”

“Us” is the Stonewall Kats – the GLBT (gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender) group that operates here on the Sam Houston State University campus. Last year, the Stonewall Kats created the Drag Show out of a desire to raise money for a charity. Unsure whether this campus was ready for such a thing, they took a risk and were able to pack out the Dance Theatre to near overcapacity and raise $240 for the Houston AIDS Foundation, the organization that this show benefits.

The Houston AIDS Foundation [www.aidshelp.org] is a Houston-based organization, which “creates positive social impact through the innovative management of HIV/AIDS and other chronic diseases.”

In 2003 alone, over 5,000 men, women and children infected with the HIV/AIDS virus were served through this non-profit organization. Some of the programs that currently operate in the Houston AIDS Foundation include feeding the poor, transitional support for veterans and families living with the HIV/AIDS virus, education and outreach programs, a “toy box” which provides new toys for children living with HIV/AIDS, a children’s camp for kids ages 6 – 15 living with HIV/AIDS and education programs for people in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice living with HIV/AIDS.

“There are a lot of organizations out there,” said Stonewall Kats President Jarod Carpenter. “and we believe in this one in particular to help affect our greater communities. With what we do here, we can help educate this campus and in turn, educate beyond the campus. That’s one of the reasons we don’t charge admission so we can leave people free to donate as they will. Every dollar helps us in our goal.”

So how does one top the Blue Diva from “The 5th Element” from last year’s show? Well, include performers who will impersonate the likes of Dolly Parton, Peggy Lee, Shakira, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears and yes, you might even see Pocahontas there. The only thing more intense would be to see the ladies of the Moulin Rouge sing “Lady Marmalade.”

* If you are not able to attend the show but would like to donate to the Houston AIDS Foundation, contact Aaron Stewart at klepto_dancer@hotmail.com.

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