By ELIZABETH GOLDEN
The Gay Straight Alliance at Fort Hays State University hosted its annual drag show Friday. Three students competed, while three professional "drag queens" performed for the packed Black & Gold Room in Memorial Union.
The students performed in burlesque fashion as they were judged by a panel of professors and students.
Junior Amy Smarsh, who calls herself "Dicky Ricky," was first to perform.
"I got involved last year because I love performing," she said. "This is just a fun opportunity to do something different. I'm a huge supporter of the LGBTQ community."
Smarsh won the competition by dancing to "Don't Stop Me Now" by Queen.
Freshman Jeffrey Sommerfeld has been involved in drag his entire life. This was his first year performing at FHSU.
"It's kind of like a calling of mine to do drag," he said. "I've been dressing up like a girl since I came out of the womb."
Sommerfeld said walking in heels was painless, but the glue-on nails were irritating.
"I was excited for the competition," he said. "But I was even more excited to take these nails off."
Sommerfeld finished in third place.
Sophomore Quincy Rayls performed as Mr. Boombastic.
"I'm involved in a lot of odd things," she said, referring to also being involved in live action role-playing. "I got involved last year because I thought it would be so much fun, and it has been. I cannot imagine doing anything more fun than getting on stage and performing like this."
Rayls is gearing up to be president of GSA next year.
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