Eleven fraternity brothers at George Washington University competed on Wednesday night in an amateur drag contest to send a message of acceptance to LGBT Greeks and to help raise money for the Trevor Project.
Allied in Pride, GW’s largest LGBT student organization, teamed up with the university’s fraternities and sororities to put on the “Allied in Greek” event.
Allied in Pride President Nick Gumas told the Blade, “the event will illustrate that it is okay to be different, encouraging members of the Greek community regardless of their race, sexual orientation, or religion to feel comfortable expressing themselves.”
All 11 contestants were judged by a professional drag queen, a student drag queen, and the Executive Vice President of GW’s Student Association, but only one contestant scored tens across the board. Beta Theta Pi’s Michael Morgan, the winner of the competition, said, “I hope that others saw this allied front for such great causes and that they really see that we can work together to defeat false stigmas and stereotypes. We can raise money for philanthropy and have a great time all the while.”
With over 900 tickets distributed, the large crowd erupted into applause and fraternity chants at the end of each performance. The loudest cheers came at the announcement that over $1000 would be going to the Trevor Project.
(Washington Blade photos by Blake Bergen)