Over a hundred SMU students and members of the Dallas community came together for a night of Drag Bingo earlier this evening. The night included several games of bingo, top of the line prizes, free food and entertaining performances by members of the Dallas drag community.
The Hughes-Trigg ballroom was completely filled with students seated at tables for three hours of bingo. Games that resulted in ties were settled in a twerk-off, in which the audience would decide which winner deserved the prize based off their booty-shaking ability. Prizes included a coffee maker, a TV, a mini iPad and an iPod.
While the prizes were certainly impressive, they were not the highlight of the night.
“You could tell that people weren’t really there for the prizes… It was more about the community and the fun and the spirit,” said junior Mattie Lippe.
That community, fun and spirit could be found in the various performances by drag queens and kings throughout the night.
Four drag performers put on routines that included popular Top-40 hits, as well as classics from Broadway. They brought an impressive amount of energy and enthusiasm as they danced and lip-synched through the crowd and on stage. Many students tipped, danced and sang along with the performers.
The bingo night was put on by SMU’s LGBT organziation, SPECTRUM. This is SPECTRUM’s second annual Drag Bingo, which has been in the works for months.
While SPECTRUM is affiliated with the LGBT community, group member and treasurer Colton Donica says the group welcomes all types of people.
“You can come here being gay, straight, tall, short, green, purple, whatever color you want,” he says with a laugh. “We accept everybody.”
While this is just the first big event of the year for SPECTRUM, the organization is looking forward to National Coming Out Day, their masquerade ball and several other events.