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Fire Ball drag show to benefit UW-Eau Claire student fund

January 25, 2013

FireBallEAU CLAIRE — The Fire Ball drag show, an evening of entertainment by nationally known and local performers, will begin at 6 p.m. Feb. 12 in the Ojibwe Ballroom of Davies Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The event, sponsored by UW-Eau Claire's Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center, is a fundraiser for the LGBTQA Student Support Fund, which provides funding and scholarships for LGBTQA students who wish to pursue activism and social justice. The fund also supports student efforts to make UW-Eau Claire and the greater Eau Claire community a more welcoming place for the LGBTQ community.

The evening will include a wide variety of performances by drag queens and kings, headlined by Latrice Royale, a nationally known performer from RuPaul's Drag Race Season Four. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet the performers after the event and purchase signed memorabilia.

Christopher Jorgenson, Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center coordinator, said that an event of this magnitude at UW-Eau Claire is important because it provides an opportunity for conversations about gender performance, sexuality and sexual orientation, as well as the historical role drag queens played in the Stonewall riots — the 1969 New York City riots that have come to symbolize the beginning of the modern gay rights movement.

"UW-Eau Claire is leading the way with its efforts to educate the campus and greater Eau Claire community, while upholding its institutional commitment to equity, diversity and inclusiveness," Jorgenson said.

Admission to the Fire Ball is $5 per person; all proceeds will benefit the LGBTQA Student Support Fund.

For more information about the Fire Ball or the LGBTQA Student Support Fund, contact Christopher Jorgenson, Women's and LGBTQ Resource Center coordinator, at 715-836-2693 or jorgencj@uwec.edu, or visit the event's Facebook page.

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