USD Holds Drag Show, Amid Protests

The show was sold out

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    A drag show on University of San Diego's campus went on as scheduled Thursday night, despite protests and prayers. (Published Friday, Apr 26, 2013)

    A drag show on University of San Diego's campus went on as scheduled Thursday night, despite protests and prayers.

    It's the second year the Catholic university has hosted the "Supreme Drag Superstar 2" show and this year, it drew an even bigger crowd.

    Security officials said about 600 people packed into the theatre, compared to last year’s crowd of approximately 200.

    “There's been an increase. People are talking about it. People want this to happen,” said attendee, Sergio Velasquez.

    Not everyone is on the same page.

    “Not just to the students, but it's a slap in the face of the church,” said USD student, Jerry Urbanek.

    Some Catholic students strongly believe that this type of show shouldn't be held on campus.

    “There are a lot of Catholic students on campus who specifically came to this school with the intention of attending a Catholic university, so to a big extent, it feels like a betrayal almost,” said Urbanek.

    Still, some drag show supporters say the controversy needs to be put in perspective.

    “I think it's unfortunate that someone has to tell them they can't wear what they're wearing because it represents something that seems to be a lot bigger, but in reality it's just an entertainment show,” said attendee "Sister Amanda."

    USD says they allow the show to go on because they support dignity and equality.