Burlington High School’s homecoming game will feature halftime drag show

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Burlington High School’s homecoming football game Friday night will feature a halftime drag show aimed at showing support for the LGBTQ+ community.

“It provides us as a school the ability to embrace our LGBTQ+ students, faculty and staff and our community members,” BHS Principal Lauren McBride said. 

The performance will feature 15 students and 12 twelve faculty and staff members. Andrew Levalley, an English teacher and adviser for the school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance, said the event will be similar to a fashion show. “People walking down a catwalk posing, working the crowd and just being fabulous,” he said.

Levalley said the drag show is a chance to consider how we think about gender.

“As somebody who was LGBTQ in high school or identified as LGBTQ in high school, it was hard,” Levalley said. “Now being a teacher in high school this is a moment for the LGBTQ community to carve out a space in high school and be proud.”  

“I wanted to be a part of it because it’s an empowering way to express yourself,” said freshman Sage Windorf. “Especially with so many awesome people.”

“It shows people that we are here to support them and that we are all together as a community,”  Summer Clark, a freshman said. 

With some of the recent verbal attacks at high school sports events, Levalley said this is a moment where they are putting trust into the community.

“I know our students, I know our faculty and staff and I believe the majority are going to be louder,” Levalley said. “They are going to be more supportive than the few people that might be there that disagree.”

The game starts at 7 p.m. 

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