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Fox News San Diego VIDEO and Article 4-11-12

Source: http://www.fox5sandiego.com/news/kswb-drag-show-to-take-stage-on-catholic-campus-20120410,0,4612790.story

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Alums upset by university 'drag show'

SAN DIEGO - A first-ever "drag show" will be taking the stage Wednesday at University of San Diego, a Catholic college, but not everyone is on board.  

"Crazy, this is the first time we've had this event and the fact that it sold out within an hour is insane," USD Pride Association marketing director Max Nanzig said.

Nanzig said he's hit a few snags along the way but the show will go on.

Former alumni board member Charles Limandri started a website last week with a petition against the campus drag show.

The lawyer in Rancho Santa Fe and father of a USD student said nearly 75,000 people have logged on and signed up.

"We're not making comments about gay people or transponders or lifestyles," Limandri said.  "We're saying this activity is inappropriate for a Catholic campus and there's other ways of doing it."

YouTube links of other Catholic colleges were posted on Limandri's website.

"You've got men up there bumping and grinding and girls putting money in their underwear that's not appropriate," he said.  "I went to USD during the 70's and the sexual revolution. I'm not a prude about these things, but there's certain ways to act in regards to sexual morality on a Catholic campus."

As for campus officials, they've stated "the show is meant to foster students' understanding of and empathy for the complexities of gender non-conformity. Allowing the show to go on doesn't imply they're advocating or promoting a lifestyle."

Most students told Fox 5 that they didn't seem to mind having the show on campus.

"I don't think it's bad, I do realize this is a Catholic campus but I don't think it's effecting Catholic beliefs directly anyway," said Mario Ramirez, a student.  "I think it's awesome. I think it's great. I would never think that USD would have that."

A handful of drag queens and kings will perform a runway show at the university center Wednesday at 7 p.m.