Tanner Gilgen, a student at Westminster College who is transgender, performed during the college’s Pride Week drag show in the Gore Auditorium located in the Jewett Center. “Pride Week makes it very specific and known that we are here. We deserve our space here,” Gilgen said. Photo by DeVontae Bendinger-Moore.
Tanner Gilgen, a Westminster College student, in mid-performance during the drag show at Westminster’s Pride Week Oct. 3 through Oct. 7. “I realize I am breaking the view of power and society’s thoughts that this is a male-driven world and everybody should want to be masculine and act like a man,” Gilgen said. “At the same time, I just want to show others it’s okay to be comfortable in one’s own skin and live life the way you feel is appropriate.” Photo by DeVontae Bendinger-Moore.
The 2016 performers and organizers of Westminster College’s Pride Week drag show: Daniel Cairo (left), Shanika Christie (center), Tanner Gilgen (right-middle) and Mariah Brown (right). “My goal is to find ways to create unity through community and illustrate how those moments are very valuable,” said Cairo, Westminster’s director of diversity and inclusion. “In order to bridge our differences, we need to understand our commonalities. We are moving away from spaces where we talk about those intersectional moments. The more we talk about it, the better of a community we become.” Photo by DeVontae Bendinger-Moore.
The three performers of Westminster College’s Pride Week drag show event. Drag Queen 1(left) Shanika Christie (center) and Tanner Gilgen (right). Gilgen said Pride Week is an important way to create acceptance and inclusion for the LBTQ+ community on campus. Photo by DeVontae Bendinger-Moore.
Organizers of Westminster College’s Pride Week drag show, Daniel Cairo and Shenika Christie, gathered in the Gore Auditorium in Jewett Center of Performing Arts after the show. In addition to the drag show, Westminster’s Pride Week also included a film screening of “She’s a Boy I Knew” and a Life 101 one-person play about life as a “queer Pakistani Muslim,” according to ASW.Weekly. Photo by DeVontae Bendinger-Moore.