LGBTQ+ scholar organizers say Texas A&M College defunded its annual drag present with out clarification after initially agreeing to accomplice with them on the occasion, The Daily Beast reported.
The college has partnered with scholar organizations to host the favored present, known as Draggieland, since its starting in 2020. Final yr the administration disaffiliated from the present, and this yr it pulled its sponsorship, college students mentioned. Although Draggieland is primarily funded via ticket gross sales, prior to now the college has helped LGBTQ+ organizations with up-front prices, comparable to reserving headliners, after which the organizers paid the college again via earnings from the occasion. As a result of the college defunded the occasion, college students mentioned they needed to do their very own fundraising for the present, which passed off Monday.
The administration is “actively making choices that discriminate towards the LGBTQ scholar physique for the aim of creating positive that LGBTQ illustration is just not a part of the face of Texas A&M,” Frey Miller, president of the trans scholar group Transcend, instructed The Each day Beast.
Earlier than this yr’s occasion, TFP Scholar Motion, which is affiliated with the American Society for the Protection of Custom, Household and Property, created an online petition calling the drag present “sinful” and “immoral,” which greater than 19,000 individuals signed. Protesters additionally staged a rally towards the occasion, the place they flicked holy water at LGBTQ+ college students, Daniel Hou, the chief showrunner of Draggieland 2022, instructed The Each day Beast.
According to KAGS, an NBC affiliate station, Texas A&M vp of scholar affairs Joe Ramirez mentioned throughout a scholar authorities assembly that Draggieland was already self-sufficient and didn’t want the funds. Ramirez mentioned the funds might be used for organizations that don’t have these assets however was unable to offer a solution to the place these funds would find yourself.