PROGRESSIVE, POLITICAL DRAG SHOW, ‘KISS MY GENDER,’ TO RAISE FUNDS FOR TSUNAMI RELIEF
Lansing, MI – On March 31st, starting at 10:00 PM, a progressive and politically-focused drag show will take place at the Temple Club. The show is called “Kiss My Gender” and is organized by Drag King Rebellion (DKR), a local drag troupe that combines pop and dance routines with a radical political message. Although “Kiss My Gender” is organized by DKR, the show features 15 other performers from Lansing, East Lansing, Detroit, Flint, and even New York. All proceeds from the show will be given to “Via Campesina,” an international solidarity movement focused on assisting communities of fisher folk and peasants in their own Tsunami relief and reconstruction efforts, as well as other progressive organizations.
When: Thursday, March 31st, 10:00PM – 2AM
Where: The Temple Club, 500 E Grand River Ave, Lansing, 48906 (A shuttle will run from the MSU Union to the Temple Club throughout the night free of charge)
Why: To raise money for Via Campesina, challenge gender stereotypes and raise other important social justice issues, and have fun while doing it
What: A progressively political showcase of talent and activism, all wrapped up into one amazingly fun night!
DRAG KING REBELLION is a drag troupe based in East Lansing, MI. They decided to organize “Kiss My Gender” as a way to link the drag community to other local communities, as well as to show case Michigan talent and contribute to a grassroots community-empowerment organization. In addition to DKR, other performers, such as Jonah Thomas, Alayna Angel Kennedi, Azziza Infiniti, Tom Follary, and Asher Stone will be there.
“’Kiss My Gender’ was born out of the idea that drag shows can not only be a form of entertainment, but also a vehicle for social change. By using art, such as song, dance, and performance to comment on various issues, we are hoping to present people with a fresh way of looking at things,” said TJ Jourian, organizer of Kiss My Gender and member of Drag King Rebellion.
“I’m expecting a fun-filled night where we can all play with assumptions about gender and also learn a lot about important social justice issues,” said Staci Gunner, an MSU Student.
For more information on DKR and “Kiss My Gender,” visit http://www.geocities.com/dragkingrebell
For more information on Via Campesina: http://www.viacampesina.org/