Happenings: Bobcat Ball

Bobcat Ball, the gala that never disappoints

On the red carpet at Bobcat Ball 2010.

By Britney Munguia

Wigs. Costumes. Drag queens. Dance-offs. In San Marcos, these are the hallmarks of Bobcat Ball.

The 11th annual Bobcat Ball, a drag show and celebration, will be held Saturday, April 16, off campus at Gold Crown Billiards.

Lambda of Texas State, the event’s sponsor, is a student organization that provides a positive social and educational environment for homosexual, bisexual and transgender students, and their straight allies.

Continuing with the Bobcat Ball tradition that dates back to 2000, the show will include music, dancing, a performance by Harambee, and a drag show.

“Drag shows and drag queens are an important and fun part of the LGBTQ culture and community,” says Manda Anderson, a Liberal Arts academic advisor at Texas State and a staff advisor for Lambda. “It’s nice to have a show so close to home.”

The proceeds from Bobcat Ball will be donated to two charitable organizations: Out Youth Austin and the Bobcat Pride Scholarship Fund, which is a new scholarship for students who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer.

Preparing for the runway at Bobcat Ball 2010

“It’s the one night of the semester where you can celebrate being yourself, regardless of how you identify,” says Anderson.

The event will kick off at 9 p.m. and last until around 1 a.m. Sunday. Tickets cost $8 at the door. The event will include a costume contest for the best-dressed individual. This year’s theme is “Around the World,” and all attendees are encouraged to participate.

Check out the Bobcat Ball Facebook event for more information.

For those interested in learning more about the LGBTQ groups on campus, visit the websites of Allies of Texas State, Multicultural Student Affairs and Bobcat Equality Alliance.

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