Gay servicemembers in drag fundraiser, featured in Stars & Stripes

“This has been a complete surprise. Honestly, we were doing this for a fundraiser to raise money for our organization. We didn’t think there was much of a desire for an activity like this on the island, but it has actually blown up. We were hoping to sell 75 tickets to get some lesson-learned activities for different shows in the future. But, we ended up selling 400 tickets in 10 days.”

Navy Lt. Marissa Green of OutServe-SLDN Okinawa remarking on a “variety show” fundraiser that featured “six servicemembers — gay, lesbian and straight,” performing in drag. Stars and Stripes reports that these men and women “may have been the first to take to stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops,” however, there was an agreement “to avoid using the term ‘drag show.’”Stars and Stripes Kadena Air Base Drag fundraiser

JD Uy has been a Metro Weekly webmaster, distribution manager, blogger and videographer since 2002.

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