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Celebrating pride: Drag queens and kings performed in OSU'S Student Union

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Celebrating Pride Week at OSU, the Student Union Activities Board held this year’s draw show themed “Grimms Fairytale.”

This unique, whimsical experience left students in awe of the talents of this year’s performers: Carmen Deveraux, Shantel Mandalay, Alizay Zane Paige and D’Angelo. They have worked hard to create an extravagant show to celebrate pride with OSU’s students. 

The show started with a group number featuring all of the performers. Then the hostess, Carmen Deveraux, introduced the beginning of the show and the first performer, OSU alumni, Dr. Shantel Mandalay. In between performers, Carmen Deveraux helped get the crowd more energized and entertained by interacting with the audience as well as making jokes and telling stories. Following Shantel Mandalay were Alizay Zane Paige, D’Angelo and Carmen Deveraux herself. Each queen performed two numbers unique to their own performance style. 

This event was free for students to attend, but students provided cash tips. All tips were donated as proceeds to the EQuAL scholarship. The EQuAL, or Employee Queers and Allies League, scholarship is an award based on academic efforts and campus and community engagement. As well as financial need and other characteristics demonstrated amongst students, it is specifically geared toward students who are a part of the LGBTQ+ community. 

The show celebrated queer culture and representation for queer groups. As well, it was an opportunity to support the EQuAL scholarship and LGBTQ+ students academically and socially. 

The event is an annual fundraiser to help support local drag performers as well as help fund the EQuAL scholarship. To learn more about the EQuAL scholarship, visit diversity.okstate.edu