One News Now Coverage 4-11-12
Catholic campus + drag queen show = controversy
Becky Yeh - OneNewsNow California correspondent - 4/11/2012 10:45:00 AM
A California-based attorney says a drag queen show set to take place Wednesday night on a Catholic college campus is unacceptable.
The "Drag Show" will continue at the University of San Diego despite opposition to the first-ever event on the Catholic campus. The event will feature a lip-sync competition, a drag runway show, and a question-and-answer session.
Event organizers say the show is aimed at raising awareness about alternate lifestyles. But alumni board member and attorney Charles LiMandri told Fox 5 San Diego that the event is unacceptable on a Catholic campus.
"We're not making comments about gay people or transgenders or lifestyles. We're saying this activity is inappropriate for a Catholic campus," he said. "There are other ways to do it."
Campus officials defended the event, and said it is "meant to foster students' understanding of and empathy for the complexities of gender non-conformity."
But LiMandri, a 1977 graduate of USD, is put off by what he hears happens at such events. "You've got men up there bumping and grinding, and girls coming up putting money in their underwear," he says. "That's not appropriate for a Catholic university."
An alumni group was formed in support of the event quickly after organizers received opposition to the show.