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University Drag Show Protested as ‘Sexually Perverse’

University Drag Show Protested as ‘Sexually Perverse’

 

A planned drag show at the University of San Diego has been called “sexually perverse” by a USD graduate who wants the show cancelled.

Reports the Los Angeles Times:

“The teachings on Catholic social justice do not align with this event, and anyone with a formed Christian conscience cannot approve an event that is sexually perverse,” said lawyer Charles LiMandri, a Rancho Santa Fe lawyer, USD graduate and former member of the alumni board.

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But University President Mary Lyons, in a letter published in the California Catholic Daily, said the show is meant to “foster students’ understanding of, and empathy for, the complexities of gender non-conformity.”

Allowing the show on campus does not imply that the university is “advocating or promoting a lifestyle and behaviors inconsistent with the teachings of the Christian church,” Lyons said.

The planned drag show is in fact only one facet of the evening. There will be a presentation by Dr. Lori Watson on the history, role and meaning of “drag” in United States culture and following the PRIDE sponsored drag show a question and answer session with the performers will occur. The drag show is designed to be educational and and to foster a greater understanding of the history of gender nonconformity. While 200 tickets were made available for the event on April 10, the event sold out in a matter of hours — so clearly there is a demand.

LiMandri, so upset by the University’s planned drag show, has launched his own website and has been collecting signatures in order to try and throw some weight behind his campaign to have this “scandalous event” cancelled. He claims to have collected 7,500 names for the cause, though the petition site being used does not prevent anyone from signing based on location or affiliation so it would seem LiMandri is welcoming signatures from anyone with no obvious barrier to repeated signatures.

Regardless, he says on the website:

Many of us feel [Catholic values] have been compromised by having events on campus such as gay dances, and speakers and programs promoting abortion and same-sex marriage; however, enough is enough. What will be next, the obscene plays and pornographic gay film festivals that they have at other universities? As the English philosopher Edmund Burke said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.”

He doesn’t cite which “pornographic gay film festivals” or “other universities” he’s referring to.

However, a counter movement has sprung up called A USD For Everyone which was reportedly started after a number of former students took to Facebook to voice their support for the drag event. They have since been joined by USD Alumni Board members, San Diego city council member Todd Gloria, an Episcopal priest, and former student government officials.

Nicholas Severson, a USD Alum, Class of 2007, and former Associated Students Vice President, said he has never been prouder of his USD community:

“I am not only confident that this event will be informative to all students,” he said in a press release, ”but I also believe it will help the LGBT students know that their identity is affirmed by the community.  I am inspired by their spirit of inclusion and hope we will see a conversion of heart so that all of members, both past and present see the beauty of a diverse and celebratory community.”

LiMandri has been taken to task before for his misinformation over the so-called “consequences of gay marriage” and has written several times on the “gay agenda.

 

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5:24AM PDT on Aug 30, 2012

it's just a show

6:47PM PDT on Jun 26, 2012

don't priests and such wear garments that in their own right are basically dresses?

4:28AM PDT on Apr 22, 2012

I think a lot of other things have "compromised Catholic values".
Men dressing as women for entertainment goes back thousands of years. It definitely predates the Catholic church.

11:16PM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

I don't get it. The Pope is the biggest cross dresser in the world and he's AGAINST cross dressing? What is perverse about a dress? HE wears one. And more importantly what is perverse about SEX? The Catholic Church is nuts.

10:58PM PDT on Apr 21, 2012

What? A cross dressing event is sexually perverse?

You know what really IS sexually perverse, is the fact that the ultra conservatives think it's okay to rape a woman and make her keep the resulting pregnancy. That women STILL get paid less than men. That minorities still get discriminated against, especially if you're a FEMALE minority.

So what next? Go tell the Pope to stop cross dressing and wearing dresses.

7:10AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

oh sigh....

6:54AM PDT on Apr 14, 2012

Charles LiMandri is a wingnut. Maybe, just maybe he protests to much?

1:12PM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

How did these wing nuts avoid dragging Milton Berle and Flip Wilson out and lynching them during all the years they were on TV? Do Tom Hanks and Peter Scolari get death threats?

We have a $10 trillion dollar deficit, there are a dozen active conflicts taking lives all across the planet, rising sea levels may wipe half a dozen countries off the map, and at least two billion people don't get enough to eat. I'm sure if Jesus were here today, his biggest concern would be a drag show at USD.

12:50PM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

drag shows are purely comedic exaggerational shows... as long as folks know it's not a true representation of females, but merely of males 'playing women' in a clownish manner, then, let them do that for whatever comic relief is needed by their predominantly male audiences. (gay guys or straight guys)

2:45AM PDT on Apr 13, 2012

There's a wryly amusing side to this. If you say to me 'drag show', my first thought may well be the armed forces, which I surmise LiMandri thinks well of. During WW II, servicemen, much in need of entertainment and without women to take part, often organized their own shows, with men in drag to fill the female roles and the void. And I must add that when Edmund Burke wrote that famous quotation, I rather think he had in mind more important issues of his day than the fact that it was still the custom for men to perform female parts in the theatre, as, of course, was orthodox in Shakespeare's theatre.

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