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A Vermont high school homecoming football game turned into a “drag ball” runway at halftime, with a mix of students and faculty members in gowns, wigs and makeup — and a huge crowd in the colors of the rainbow to cheer them on.
Ezra Totten, student leader of the Gender Sexuality Alliance at Burlington High School, said of Friday night’s event, “Things went wonderful, which also included participants from South Burlington High School.” The stands were absolutely jam-packed. … how heartwarming it was to see.”
As the school cheerleaders finished their routine, about 30 students and faculty members dressed up as drag queens and kings – or a bit of both – walked onto the field and the crowd chanted “Drag Ball!” started chanting.
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Artists paraded and danced to show support for LGBTQ people. She also lip-synced to singer Todrick Hall’s “Rainbow Reign”.
Andrew Levally, an English teacher and coalition counselor at the school, came up with the idea. “We had some people who were very involved with theater and talked about how you put together a personality,” he said.
LeValley joined the students on the runway, wearing a Shakespearean burgundy gown and a wig. He said he was inspired by Lady Macbeth and Marie Antoinette.
“I was really looking forward to giving my students—both those who are out and the students who were in the stands who aren’t—a moment to shine and feel loved, and know that there is a place for them in public schools.” It is,” Levally said.
Athletic director Cuaron Pinckney suggested that the show be held at Homecoming.
Pinkney, who is Black, said that the school gave her a place to “raise my voice” and that she was able to reciprocate and “raise the voices of another marginalized group and share a place in the athletics arena.” was able to do what was not normally shared.”
Burlington High School principal Lauren McBride said she overheard a father talking to his two sons at sports who didn’t know there was going to be a drag ball halftime show.
He heard her explain what it meant to dress in drag, “and it was like, ‘This is really cool,'” she said.