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Drag Show Helps to Promote Diversity at USC

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Patti O'Furniture was one of the many performers in BGLSA's, The Birdcage. Patti O'Furniture was one of the many performers in BGLSA's, The Birdcage.

By Neel Dhere

Posted 12:19 AM   Mar. 23, 2010

The Bi Gay Lesbian and Straight Alliance teamed up with USC's Carolina Productions to put on "The Birdcage", an event to help promote diversity as part of Carolinian Creed Week.

Performers of all ages dressed in drag, and danced to music ranging from Lady Gaga to the theme from the 90's hit show, "The Nanny".

The Russell House Ballroom was packed to capacity with students and staff that were hoping to see the much anticipated show.

Audience members were able to tip the performers if they really enjoyed what they saw.  All of the donations collected went to a variety of charitable causes.

Participant Patti O'Furniture says she hopes people at USC take something away from the show.

"I hope it's showing the USC community what female impersonation is, [and] how it's nothing to be afraid of.  It's entertainment," O'Furniture said.  "I hope the education component was important, [and] I think that also proves to showing appreciation and diversity and tolerance."

Event organizer Lee McKagen agreed with O'Furniture.

"It's not about being gay.  It's about having a good time, and getting a good laugh," McKagen said.  "I hope a lot of the people that came here tonight will take that away."

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