The organization I’m involved in is called Opulence: Drag Ambassadors at Penn State. Basically, it is a drag club dedicated to the knowing and exploration of the drag art form. We host one big show each semester and invite students and the Penn State community to come support us. Throughout the rest of the semester, we hold smaller shows and do other events.
Why do you think your organization is important and meaningful on campus?
Drag is important because it shows a facet of diversity to our campus. Queer art culture is something essential for an inclusive campus, and without this club, drag would not be represented like it is currently. There is a need for LGBT representation, and this club helps those community members find a niche and provides a support network for them.
How did you decide to take on your role as special events manager for this club?
I became involved in this club because I found drag to be something I’m very passionate about. When I was presented with the opportunity to become special events manager, I decided to take it because I wanted to be able to take on a leadership position within the club and really make a difference within the club.
How does your work with Opulence give you the opportunity to use your gifts and passions?
Throughout my life, I’ve come to realize that I am highly creative and good at teaching. I’m able to use these gifts while participating in Opulence because I have the opportunity to teach about creativity while expressing my true self at the same time. I realize that I have a platform when I’m performing on stage, and I know I can use this platform to teach about social issues or give my opinion on a particular hot topic in a very creative way. I’m passionate about my creativity, and I’m thankful I have the chance to express this while I perform on stage.
Why do you think your organization makes a difference in this world?
It shows that we, as a society, are progressing. For drag to be recognized as art and a club at PSU means that we are getting visibility and validation for queer art. I can’t tell you how much this means for the queer community – that we are getting exposure and are able to express ourselves in the form of art. This makes a difference because it’s allowing us to show others what we do, and how important what we do is.
Anything to say for students who might want to join this club?
It’s a very welcoming and inviting atmosphere, and I would encourage anyone to join! Not only is it fun, but everyone involved has a passion for what they’re doing and it’s really an electric atmosphere.