University of San Diego’s First Drag Show

In light of the California state law (AB 887) passed in October of 2011 and USD adding “gender identity” and “gender expression” to the university’s Equal Opportunity Policy and Policy Prohibiting Discrimination and Harassment, PRIDE and Associated Students are sponsoring a series of educational events during the month of April.  These include:

• An educational workshop sponsored by Rainbow Educators titled “Transgender 101: Fostering Allyship.” This workshop, scheduled for April 4, will familiarize participants with facts about and issues related to those who identify as transgender.
• A presentation by Dr. Lori Watson on April 11 on the history, role and meaning of “drag” in United States culture.
• A drag show sponsored by PRIDE, also on April 11. An entertaining and educational event, the drag show will explore the way gender is understood and performed on a daily basis. University Center, Forums B/C. 7 – 9 p.m. Free.
• The Day of Silence on April 19, during which students will pledge to call attention to the silencing effect of anti-LGBT bullying and harassment in schools. (Co-sponsored by Associated Students, Rainbow Educators and Torero Program Board.)

These workshops and events are designed to help students understand and be able to define key terms such as transgender, gender identity, and gender expression, as well as to foster students’ understanding of and empathy for the complexities of gender non-conformity.

Sharae Bey

USD’s First Drag Show
Event Start Date
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
University Center, Forums B/C
Event Start Time
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Cost: free
Make sure you don’t miss this monumental event: PRIDE is hosting USD’s first ever drag show. Watch and cheer on students as they compete against each other in pagent-style to be USD’s first Supreme Drag Superstar. There will be a lip-sync competition, runway competition, and of course a Q&A session. Local San Diego drag queen Tootie Nefertootie will be MC-ing with a special guest performer.

Sharae Bey | | (619) 254-4432



Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 3:30 AM By Paul
I think I would rather a lion bite me than go to this event.

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 4:31 AM By DAN
What a bummer; I was so uplifted reading of Fortenberry, Vasa and Hoye, and now to read this. Fidellity and bravery in the face of strong cultural currents of the culture of death on the ond hand, and on the other hand the celebration of perversity . It would seem UCD is where the National Catholic Reporter crowd likes to send their children with the hopes they will despise the Faith as much as they do.

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 7:00 AM By Life Lady
It is quite obvious that what once was a beacon on a hill has now been brought low. This sorrowful event at this once Catholic university hearkens to the scourging and crowning of thorns which Our Lord suffered on Good Friday. The persons who are responsible should hang their heads in shame. WE ARE NOT WHAT WE DO. Rather we are all created in the Image and Likeness of God. We are temples of the Holy Spirit. We are more than this caricature called “gender identity”. I hope and pray that students at USD rather than attend these functions will gather in prayer at Founders Chapel to pray in reparation for those who struggle under the lash of such confusion as same-sex attraction. What a pity for this to event to be brought to this once beautiful campus. My Jesus deliver us from this scourge of same-sex attraction and deliver those misguided people who would allow this on the USD campus.

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 7:06 AM By MacDonald
Wait just a minute — isn’t the University of San Diego a CATHOLIC school? Why is it hosting a drag show? And during the Octave of Eason, for heaven’s sake!

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 7:18 AM By Gabe
At a Catholic University! Catholic in what?

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 7:33 AM By Bud
Pathetic! To the tiresome narcissistic bunch of drags that love to disdain as well as force others to agree with them, I simply disagree and refuse to respect them in anyway not alone consider them equal to anything but just people with a whacky aberration from the normal. Too bad they don’t work as hard on fighting “Bullying” of anyone rather than discriminate!

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 7:38 AM By Confused
I have a question for the powers that be on the USD campus: what is the purpose of higher education? I always thought it was just that, a higher form of education that seeks to uplift the mind and spirit of students at a university, especially one that began with such lofty ideals. The sisters who found this campus began with such obstacles, that it almost did not come into being. They worked their lives away, worked themselves to death, with prayer, and teaching students those subjects aimed at lifting them up, aimed toward their students being able to realize themselves to be who they truly were, sons and daughters of God, whose moral formation was as important as their academic formation. This “event” as far as I can tell, seeks to highlight the abasement of the individual, seeks to glorify the horrific sin of homosexuality. Gender identity is not what we are. We are all made in God’s image and likeness, and capable of so much more than the promotion of sinful acts like denying our creation by God. We are called to be “in the world, but not of the world”. This is a travesty. I am truly apauled at this being allowed to happen. I assure you promoters of this that it will cause those parents who believed that their children would get a good educaiton there to turn away from you and to seek a better and more proper environment for their children. I also believe that those students already attending USD would be shamed by this. Don’t be surprised if your school becomes less than you believe it is. When one lays down with dogs, one gets fleas. This event is a huge flea, and it’s biting you all in the (blank)!

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 7:53 AM By Patrick
Total insanity–pretending there are more than 2 genders. Perversion at its highest level.

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 8:13 AM By Joan of El Cajon
USD has been sliding into a moral abyss for years, but this “drag show” is over the top. Please contact USD president Mary Lyons at, phone: (619) 260-4520, fax: (619) 260-6833; and Charles Bass, director of the USD Alumni Association, at, phone: (619) 260-4819, fax: (619) 260-4188.

Posted Tuesday, April 03, 2012 8:42 AM By Arness
Drag show — that would be about car racing?