In hopes of educating students on the difference between the terms drag and transgender, the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) club will host a drag show after school in the auditorium, on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.
The event will showcase students and teachers, including English teachers Jeffrey Meyer and Paula Johnes, as well as math teacher Marcus Potter. All participants will be performing in a fashion show, all while dressed in drag.
Drag is referred to the clothing of one gender role worn by a person of the opposite gender. Transgender is defined as a person whose self-identity does not conform unambiguously to conventional notions of male or female gender.
“Most people don’t know what the terms drag and transgender mean,” said German Rojas, senior and president of the GSA club. “They commonly associate the two with one another and I want to make the point that there’s a difference between the two.”
While placing an emphasis on the differences between the two terms, the GSA club also hopes to spread the message of self-acceptance.
“I want people to be able to love themselves for who they are,” Rojas said. “Whatever your gender or sexuality may be, you should always love yourself.”
Due to the sensitivity of the topic, the event had to be approved by both Principal Harry Shelton and the district school board. Upon its last minute approval, the GSA club decided to reschedule the event for Tuesday rather than Wednesday.
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