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Drag Shows

Events Drag Shows

Drag has a vibrant history in the LGBTQA+ community. From early Shakespeare productions, to Vaudeville, to the Stonewall Riots in 1969, to primetime television today, drag has offered an outlet to distort and express gender in a unique way.

Every year, we host three drag shows on campus: a mini drag show at Party at the Union, a Fall Drag Show, and a Spring Drag Show.

The mini drag show, hosted in the Crib at Party at the Union, offers new and returning students the opportunity to meet and have fun with other students and organizations around campus. It gives visibility to our community at one of the most widely attended student events of the year! Any tips from the show go toward our Student Support Fund.

Our Fall and Spring drag shows are open to the public and admission to them is always free. Tipping performers is encouraged and proceeds from the Fall and Spring shows go toward funding student travel to MBLGTACC.

Drag shows are co-sponsored by the LGBTQA+ Center, The Change, and Spectrum UNL (see RSO Page).

Anastacia Shakers Spring 2018
Anastacia Shakers - Kings and Queens 2018 - Photo Credit
Hustle Rose Spring 2018
Hustle Rose - Kings and Queens 2018 - Photo Credit
Amelia Park Shakers Sprign 2018
Amelia Park Shakers - Kings and Queens 2018 - Photo Credit
Oliver Klozoff Spring 2018
Oliver Klozoff - Kings and Queens 2018 - Photo Credit
Scarlet Ryan Spring 2018
Scarlet Ryan - Kings and Queens 2018 - Photo Credit
Anastacia Shakers Spring 2018
Anastacia Shakers - Kings and Queens 2018 - Photo Credit
Scarlet Ryan Spring 2017
Scarlet Ryan - Kings and Queens 2017 - Photo Credit
Ace Gamble Fall 2017
Ace Gamble - Night of the Living Drag 2017 - Courtesy Photo
Scarlet Ryan Fall 2016
Scarlet Ryan - Night of the Living Drag 2016 - Photo Credit
Shangely Fall 2014
Shangela, from RuPaul's Drag Race - Guys and Dolls 2014 - Photo Credit

Interested in Performing?

For our Fall and Spring drag shows, anyone is welcome to perform! Signup starts about a month before the show, and instructions will be posted online for who to contact. Spots are allocated on a first-come-first-serve basis, and songs must be approved by the LGBTQA+ Center staff.

For the mini drag show at Party at the Union, priority is given to UNL students and alumni. This show is a chance to highlight the talent and diversity we have right here on campus to incoming students! If you are interested in performing, reach out to spectrumunl@gmail.com toward the end of Spring semester.


2019-2020 Drag Show Dates

  • Party at the Union
    • August 24, 2019
    • Union Crib
    • Website
  • Night of the Living Drag Show
    • October 25, 2019
    • Union Centennial Room
  • It's a Royal Drag Show
    • April 3, 2020
    • Union Centennial Room
Past drag show posters.

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