GC’s Pride Alliance hosted their bi-annual drag show at Buffington’s to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in Milledgeville.
This semester’s theme was “Category Is…”, a reference to the television show “Rupaul’s Drag Race.” The Pride Alliance chose this theme to allow the performers to get creative and add their individual style to their performance.
“Drag is not limited to just LGBTQ+ people,” said Pride Alliance president Peter Pendleton. “Drag is an art, and drag is an experience, and it can be enjoyed by everyone. It is an unforgettable experience, and I think that people just can’t help but be tempted to come see what all the fuss is about.”
Thursday night’s turn out proved Pendleton’s theory. Buffington’s was packed from door to door with an energy-filled crowd, awed by each performance. Buffington’s has generously provided a safe setting for this Pride tradition for several years.
It was a night that ended too soon and left the crowd cheering for more.
Pride Alliance vice president Jackie Terry and host Dana Brigance worked hard along with Pendleton to put the show together. The stars of the show included performers Katrina Prowess, Ammonia D, Amerys the Empress and Kara Sell.
GC student Ryan Wolf, who performed as Amerys the Empress, is a 19-year-old illustrator, choreographer, dancer and drag queen who has performed in three of GC’s Pride Alliance’s drag shows. Wolf said he showed a great interest in drag starting at a very young age.
“Honestly since the age of two, I was up on a table twirling in a dress,” Wolf said. “I had a very free childhood. My two older sisters and wonderful mother would even call me by whatever name I wanted to be called (at the time, Katie). I would wear pajama pants on my head for hair. Drag is in my bloodstream for sure. But it wasn’t until I was 17 that I officially became Amerys.”
Wolf said that his favorite part about performing is interacting with the audience.
“Being open to the crowd, making eye contact with them and responding to their energy individually...It really is an interesting vantage point,” Wolf said.
Wolf said he is inspired by Donyale Luna, a supermodel from the 1960s. Luna died tragically at very young age and was well known for her energy, which hugely impacted Wolf’s creation of Amerys the Empress.
Wolf first began drawing Amerys, and she eventually became his drag personality.
“It has been a long time coming,” Wolf said. “I am so happy that I am here now, expressing my passion.”
Tickets are always $5 cash or $6 through card or Venmo. All proceeds from the night go to fundraising purposes, whether it is to raise money for a charity or just for general expenses.
Most recently the funds have gone toward sending members of the GC Pride Alliance to the Creating Change Conference, a political, leadership and skills-building conference for the LGBTQ+ social justice movement.
“I had the pleasure of going on two of those trips and can confidently say that Creating Change is an unbelievable opportunity for me as a young LGBTQ+ individual trying to engage in the conversation about diversity and inclusion for individuals of all genders and sexualities,” Pendleton said.
GC’s Pride Alliance has meetings every Tuesday night at 7 p.m. in the Hub.