SAN DIEGO, Calif. — Over 26,000 people have signed a petition calling upon a Roman Catholic university in California to cancel a “hyper-sexualized drag show,” the fifth of its kind at the Catholic-based educational institution.
The University of San Diego is schedule to host its “Celebration of Gender Expression: Supreme Drag Superstar V” on Thursday, April 14 at its Shiley Theatre. The event page on the university website characterizes the show as an “edu-tainment event” that will “teach about the experiences of trans and gender-fluid communities, including the prevalence of violence, while students entertain with light-hearted lip-sync and astounding choreography.”
The event is put on by the university’s PRIDE group, which is an “organization of undergraduate students who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, questioning, pansexual and other identities and/or allies of the LGBTQ community.” The University of San Diego also has other homosexual advocacy groups on campus, such as Queer Women of USD and LGBTIQQ Rainbow Wellness.
Some students who have attended the drag show in the past, an event where men dress as women and vice versa, have expressed concern about its celebration of transgenderism and homosexuality.
“The event which transpired was anything but educational and presented a biased view regarding the nature of DRAG, homosexuality, and transgender lifestyles,” wrote one anonymous student in 2012. “The event felt more like an underhanded attempt at indoctrination than anything else. … Make no mistake, this event fostered sinful behaviors and set the stage for more in the future.”
“This feeling was furthered by the banning of video, photography, and audio recording, which came across as a desire for secrecy,” they stated. “Even worse, the hosts of the event sought to encourage the performers as well as the audience, referring to them as ‘revolutionaries,’ to take a more active role in making DRAG, homosexuality, and transgender identity an acceptable part of the campus.”
As in years past, the group FTP Student Action is petitioning the University of San Diego to put an end to the drag show as they believe that it promotes sinful behavior.
“What students need most in our culture of impurity is a greater counter-culture of purity and virtue, not a hyper-sexualized drag show that showcases revolt against God’s creation of male and female,” said TFP Student Action director John Ritchie in a statement.
The group says that one year a student dressed up as Baphomet and danced to the song “Good ‘N’ Evil,” which asserts that evil is good and good is evil.
As of press time, TFP Student Action had garnered over 26,800 petition signatures to stop the show. The petition simply reads, “I am appalled that your university plans to host a pro-homosexual ‘drag show’ on April 14, 2016. I respectfully urge you to cancel it to avoid further public scandal.”
“Why is there a preferential treatment for movements that peddle the public acceptance of sin?” Ritchie asked. “Why is the prayerful plea of Catholic students to cancel the annual drag show brushed aside by university officials?”
The group has a goal of reaching 35,000 signatures, which will be submitted to university President Dr. James T. Harris III, Robert McElroy, the Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego, and others.