Drag Brunch Bingo brings the local community together

RockOUT hosted Drag Brunch Bingo on February 26 in the ballroom of the Robert M. Smith Student Center. The event included bingo games hosted by the drag queens, drag performances, and a brunch buffet with faux mimosas.

RockOUT co-hosted the event with Rock the Weekend, the Student Association of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (SAAAPA), and Healthy Outreach through Peer Education (HOPE). The Student Government Association (SGA) at Slippery Rock University also participated in the planning and presentation of the awards.

Frankie Walker, President of RockOUT, has been with the organization since his second year. He said previous drag shows have featured rising queens. Now Walker is using the connections he made in Pittsburgh. A few of the queens return regularly to perform at the SRU.

“Here at Slippery Rock, the students are a really good audience…a big part of what drag queens do is interact with the crowd, and they’re really good at interacting with the queens, giving them a good moment,” Walker said.

Walker is a super-senior specializing in public relations. While at SRU, he said LGBT culture on campus improved and more assertive organizations were formed.

Although Walker doesn’t know many local drag queens, he said he knows there are fans of drag culture in the Slippery Rock area.

Drag Brunch Bingo was open to the local community as well as SRU students. Walker said he heard from many high school students and at least one teacher planning to attend the event.

“It’s kind of new and unique so whenever it comes to Slippery Rock I feel like people are really drawn to it and that’s why the event we held on Saturday last one was just as successful,” Walker said.

Compared to previous drag shows, Walker said this event was more of a collaborative effort. He called the attendance “heartwarming” because RockOUT usually plans its own events.

“Having events like this improves the reach of our community, shows that there is a community here, makes people feel safer to express themselves. . . I think it means a lot to us, personally, to have other organizations supporting an LGBT-centric event,” Walker said.