Here Is A Truly Wonderful Video of the US Military’s “First Drag Show”


Happy Monday! Here is something wonderful.

On Saturday, six US servicemen put on what may have been, according to Stars & Stripes, the first drag show ever on a US military base.

The event was held at the Kadena Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan to raise money for OutServe-SLDN, a non-profit that supports the military’s LGBT community. Organizers initially only expected to sell 75 tickets, but according to Navy Lt Marissa Greene, ended up selling 400.

The video of US troops lip syncing in drag to “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” as the crowd goes wild is amazing.

Once upon a time, gay and lesbian Americans who wanted to serve their country had to live in the closet thanks to a stupid policy called “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” In the more than two years since DADT’s repeal, the US military has somehow not fallen into chaos and disrepair.

Tech. Sgt. Kristen Baker put it best to Stars & Stripes: “Everything is just accepted. It makes me really proud to watch it. We are all brothers and sisters no matter what.”

Watch:

(via Jezebel)

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