Loyola to Host Drag Show
The Jesuit Loyola University in Chicago will host its sixth annual drag show Thursday night on campus featuringprofessional drag queen Tajma Hall.
The university website states that “The event will be filled with amateur student performers and a guaranteed great time!”
The LUC’s Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs Facebook site invites all to “Come see performers take it to the edge of the boundaries of gender expression. A night of music, dancing, and just all-around fun will hopefully make inquiring minds out of everyone to see what is it like to live outside the binary.”
When the first drag show was held on campus in 2008, LUC’s “Official GLBTQ Organization” asked students to “Bring your dollar bills”.
“When Catholic parents send their children to a Catholic university they should be able to expect at least basic standards of decency and morality,” wrote Cardinal Newman Society President Patrick J. Reilly in a letter to Loyola’s president two years ago. “Events like this not only undermine the sacred trust parents have in Loyola University, but may lead to serious personal and social problems caused by confusion about sexuality. Drag shows debase the human person and are an affront to Catholic teaching on the dignity of the human person.”
Last year, the University defended the drag show to The Cardinal Newman Society. Maeve Kiley, Director of Communications at Loyola University said the university “encourages open discussion” and added that the Jesuit institution, “relishes the opportunity to engage ideas and different points of view.”
The show will take place this year in the student union, which the University calls “the gateway to our campus.”