On the same day Iowa House Republicans announced their plan to kill Education Savings Accounts for Iowa families, Ankeny High School held a drag show in the afternoon for the Gay-Straight Alliance group’s end-of-year party.
Here is a little portion of a video posted publicly on Facebook of the event:
Students were also talked to about gender identity and expression.
“Specifically to me, I thought much more about drag before I thought about how gender identity is really interwoven with the art form,” one of the drag queens told students.
They told about a broadway show dealing with a drag queen learning to live with their father not accepting “who they are.”
“Eventually what I realized is that this art form that I kind of just throw myself into because I thought people looked pretty was something that when I felt like I couldn’t express myself at school or I felt like I had to look like this at school, I could go home or to The Garden, and I could be whoever I wanted to be — male, female.
“And from there is where I started to think, ‘Who am I?’ And I started to think, ‘What is gender?’ And I realized that no matter what pronouns you use, you are who you are.
“I could say tomorrow that I wanted to be (inaudible) and no matter what everyone else says to me, I know that on the inside that I am who I am.”
The individual said their journey is still near the beginning. And they said they thought about the pronouns he/they.
“Sometimes because of who I am I don’t really feel like I’m a man,” they said. “I don’t always feel like I am that like masculine figure everyone wants to see from someone that uses he/him pronouns. And I’ve started think that maybe he/they is more the way I (inaudible)…I feel like sometimes I do identify as a male. I feel like sometimes I’m more in the middle of the spectrum — not one or the other. That’s where I am right now. I still have a lot to think about on my journey, but I know that if you guys need anyone to talk to about things such as gender identity or you want to get into drag and see what this art form can mean to you, please (contact us) and we’ll all be ready to help you.”
It also appears there may have been someone giving a dollar bill to a performer — though it is difficult to make out what is in the individual’s hand.
The Iowa Standard contacted Ankeny High School as well as the district. So far we have not heard back. We asked three questions:
- Who approved the use of the facility for this?
- Did every student who attended have a parent sign a permission slip?
- Does the district believe this was appropriate behavior?
***Photos & video taken from a public Facebook post.***