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In this photo provided by Fritz Senftleber, people take part in the ‘drag ball’ halftime show at Burlington High School on Friday October 15, 2021 in Burlington, Vermont. The event was part of that school’s reunion and was sponsored by the Gender Sexuality Alliance of Burlington and South Burlington High Schools. The football match was between a team of students from three Burlington area schools, Burlington, South Burlington and Winooski High Schools, who played against St. Johnsbury Academy. (Fritz Senftleber via AP)

A Vermont high school homecoming game turned into a halftime “drag ball” track, with a mix of students and faculty parading in dresses, wigs and makeup – and a large crowd in the colors of the rainbow to encourage them.

“Things turned out amazing,” Ezra Totten, Gender Sexuality Alliance student leader at Burlington High School, said of Friday night’s event, which also included attendees from South Burlington High School. “The stands were packed. … It was so heartwarming to see.

As the school cheerleaders finished their routine, around 30 students and faculty dressed as drag queens and kings – or a bit of both – stepped out onto the field and the crowd began chanting ” Drag Ball! “

The artists marched and danced to show their support for LGBTQ people. They also lip-synced with singer Todrick Hall’s “Rainbow Reign”.

Andrew LeValley, English teacher and alliance counselor at the school, came up with the idea. “We’ve had people who are pretty involved in the theater and have talked about how you put a character,” he said.

LeValley joined the students on the podium, wearing a burgundy Shakespearean dress and wig. He said he was inspired by Lady Macbeth and Marie-Antoinette.

“I was really hoping to give our students – who are both out and the students who were in the stands who are not – a moment to shine and feel loved, and to know that there is a place for them. in public schools, ”says LeValley.

Sports director Quaron Pinckney has suggested the show take place back to school.

Pinckney, who is black, said school gave him the space to ‘raise my voice’ and that he was able to reciprocate and ‘raise the voice of another marginalized group and share a space in the athletics field that doesn’t normally get shared. “

Lauren McBride, principal of Burlington High School, said she overheard a father talking to his two sons during the game who had no idea drag ball was going to be the halftime show.

She heard him explain to them what it means to dress in drag, “and it was like ‘This is really cool,'” she said.

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Associated Press writer Wilson Ring in Vermont contributed.


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