A performer gets the crowd going at the Gay Straight Alliance’s annual drag show, which packed the Glenn Miller Ballroom on the University of
A performer gets the crowd going at the Gay Straight Alliance's annual drag show, which packed the Glenn Miller Ballroom on the University of Colorado's University Memorial Center Saturday night. (Aaron Holland-Plum / Courtesy photo)

The University of Colorado Boulder's Gay Straight Alliance packed the Glenn Miller Ballroom on Saturday night for its annual drag show.

The show, organized by students in the LGBT community, featured high-energy performances set to popular pop music and broadway numbers. The show was hosted by Denver's professional drag queen Ruby Red Bouché — who uses drag as a creative outlet, and an extension for creativity and artistic expression.

"It's a fun, lighthearted way to put social anxieties in the spotlight," Red Bouché said. "It's just a little crazy dialogue through MAC makeup."

Organizers said the annual drag show is a way to break down barriers of political sensitivity towards the LGBT community.

"I think drag is really important because ... it's strangely not political but can be," said Hope Blinne, co-coordinator of the drag show. Blinne and Kevin Anderson, who were nominated to coordinate the show last spring, said they've been planning the event for four months.

"Drag gives me an excuse to exude confidence in my body," said Ethan Alexander, a CU student and performer. "It's a nice way to exercise my freedom and physicality."

Both Blinne and Anderson also performed in the show — this being the first performance in drag for Anderson, who said he has been performing theater all of his life.

"I think it's one of the more important events that the GSA does," said Anderson. "Activism is really great, but it doesn't get us out there. People come to this event and they're accepting our presentations for gender."

CU students Monique Mitchell and Shannon Conover were all smiles when the show finished with an encore of the Village People's "YMCA."

"It was awesome," Conover said. "It was fun."

The GSA organization at CU-Boulder gives students a safe environment to discuss issues surrounding heteronormativity and those that don't fit into that description.

"We ease into the social justice outlook," said Bri Duke, president of the GSA.

For more about the GSA and its events, visit colorado.edu/studentgroups/cugsa