When Life is a Drag

ThePost.Baker.OhioU.edu – Anna Sudar / Senior Staff Writer

Amongst bags of makeup, brushes, and hair accessories, Sidy Hall carefully applies lip liner before taking the stage for a drag performance last night in Baker Ballroom. The event kicked off Pride Week.

Editor?s note: This is the first in a series about the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in Athens. The performers in this story asked to be identified by the gender they assumed on stage.

Like any performer, Penelope C. spends hours preparing for her show. She carefully applies layers of makeup and slides into a shiny costume, adding high heels and sparkly jewelry for a final touch. She sprays generous amounts of hairspray to the three curly wigs that frame her face. Foam pads under panty hoes give her feminine curves.

Penelope is a drag queen.