Lambda Association, Vanderbilt University’s gay-straight alliance, hosted its 16th annual drag show on Saturday night. The event featured drag queens and a drag king from the Nashville area, as well as special guest Genesis from Birmingham, Ala.
In the last sixteen years the show has become a staple event for both Vanderbilt students and the Nashville community at large. Suzie Heller, president of the Lambda Association, Vanderbilt’s gay-straight alliance, opened the event by speaking of the five homosexual teenagers who committed suicide this week.
After a moment of silence, the show began. The featured performer was Genesis, who performed multiple sets, including “Bad Romance” by Lady Gaga and “Only Girl (In the World)” by Rihanna.
Senior Gabe Horton acted as co-host for the festivities and performed in drag at the end of the show. The show featured both amateur and professional drag queens, including the first performance by Roxie Divine. Student performer Bryann DaSilva performed for the first time as the persona of Bryanna. Also featured was one of Nashville’s most popular entertainers, Veronika Electronika, as well as Vanderbilt’s own Momentum Dance Group.
Previously held on Alumni Lawn, this was the third year Lambda hosted the drag show in the ballroom of SLC. The event was made possible by The Office of the Dean of Students, Vanderbilt Hillel, The Office of LGBTQI Life, The Panhellenic Council and Vanderbilt Student Government.