Morse drags on with drag show

     “Don’t be a drag, just be a queen!” – Lady Gaga  

     Coordinated by the Gay-Straight Alliance’s club president German Rojas, Morse’s first student-held drag show was also the first in the entire San Diego school district.   

     As one of the week of consciousness’ events, the drag show was held Tuesday after school on Nov. 15, 2016 to get word out about LGBT+ aspects and differentiating between being in drag, gender perception, and sexual orientation. During one of the show’s breaks, Rojas explained the main points of the LBGT+ community.   

     “There are many different parts of this community,” said Rojas, like being transgender, bisexual, lesbian, pansexual, and gay. The message of this is to be who you are and it’s okay!”  

     The show began with the first number “Fashionista” by Jimmy James, where Rojas introduced four teachers dressed in drag: English teachers Paula Johnes, Jennifer Pacis, Jeffrey Meyer, and math teacher Marcus Potter.   

     An interlude took place after with Rojas explaining the meaning of drag and thanking principal Harry Shelton for letting the show happen.   

     “Drag show performers are male or female performers who just want to do a show. It doesn’t mean that you want to transition,” Rojas described. “You can still be gay or straight by having fun and being in costume.” 

     Other show numbers were “Superlove” by Tinashe, “Applause” by Lady Gaga, “Work” by Drake and Rihanna, “Single Ladies” by Beyoncé, “Worth It” by Fifth harmony, and a last performance of “Perfect Illusion” transitioning to “Born this Way” by Lady Gaga.   

     The show’s other student performers included Eddy White, Denis Monsalud, Yen Agustin, Janus Bungag, Don Monsalud, Kevin Chua, and Russel Deguzman.   

     “To be honest, I just had a lot of fun,” said Bungag. “It was a great experience performing with my best buddies— I mean, my best girlfriends.”  

     During breaks and the last song performance, the show interacted with the audience by having a two minute makeup challenge and drag show performance by four audience members. Some of the student performers even came down to dance with the audience at the last song  

     “The purpose of this event was to accept who you are and love yourself. This is a very special event since this is the first time in the whole district that we’re doing a drag show,” Rojas concluded. “Maybe there’ll be a part two? Who knows!” 

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