“Don’t be a drag, just be a queen!” Lady Gaga’s lyrics captured the spirit at Oglethorpe’s annual Charity Drag Show this past week. OU students, faculty, and staff packed the Conant Performing Arts Center to enjoy drag performances and raise money for a great cause.
The show was held to support CHRIS Kids, a nonprofit organization with a program dedicated to aiding homeless and fostered youth who have identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered, or questionable. According to national statistics, about 56% of homeless teens identify themselves as LGBT, and CHRIS kids serves to help them transition into a self-sufficient adulthood. CHRIS is an acronym for Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity, and Safety, which are all values the OU community strives to uphold as well. Put on by Oglethorpe student organization, OUtlet, the drag show successfully raised $1,167.
Dr. Nardo (pictured), a math professor here at OU, sang the opening number of the night, “Don’t Cry for Me, Argentina,” in drag to show that math and science folks have a creative side, too. Dr. Nardo’s debut as ‘Evita’ was the reward to an incentive he proposed to OUtlet last year—to double the amount they raised for CHRIS Kids. Continue reading