by Kelli #Fitzpatrick
The biannual #Queer Voices event began Wednesday with music playing over the speakers in lieu of a live performer. Maddie Finn was on tour and couldn’t attend.
The event kicked off with live performances, beginning with Sarah Yeager, junior VCD major. She rattled off a slew of jokes, centering on sexual innuendo, the government shutdown and the newly named Esplanade.
Sarah had a better name for the “Lester A. Lefton Esplanade” — “The Lesplanade,” she said to a smattering of laughter. “And while you’re walking on the Lesplanade, you might as well get a bite to eat, if you know what I mean.”
Sarah ended her set with a “stupid lesbian joke,” as she called it. “What do you call one lesbian checking out another lesbian? A cat scan. Meow!”
Next up was Tim Lewis, with a theatrical open-word #performance about dealing with homophobia.
“How great is it we get to share these stories tonight?” said Roxie Patton, program coordinator of the LGBTQ Center, after Tim concluded.
Pretty great, indeed. The next speaker was Emmett Drugan, an art education graduate student. He gave a trippy #spoken word performance about his tendency to be introverted at parties.
Roxie, who took the mike between student performances, gave a short, funny tribute to “People who make me say ‘What the hell?’” This included students who asked, “Can only white people be gay?” and “If you’re transgender, does that mean you’re gay?” Roxie’s impression of college-aged, upspeak-tinged Midwestern accents was spot-on.
Courtney Thaman, a junior psychology major, then performed an emotionally riveting spoken word piece. “If I get a little emotional—it happens,” she warned before beginning.
She began each line with “Dear Mom,” addressing the way she was raised and how she’s trying to find happiness now. She concluded: “Sincerely, your monstrosity.”
Emmett took to the stage again to close the show with what Roxie called “stand up,” but was actually hilarious real-life stories. He shared his story of coming out as transgender in November 2012, which left his mother bawling at a therapist’s office on Thanksgiving. His story was rough, but he laughed and gestured happily. Another story focused on a pink-pump-wearing guy who played the spoons, and whom Emmet feared would murder him.
“No color scheme was necessary, because this was weird as fuck,” he said when explaining the strange man’s instruments.
Queer Voices was part of LGBTQ History Month. Check out a full listing of events on our calendar.