Stevenson University is set to host a highly anticipated talent show next month. The only stipulation, however, is that performers must identify as “queer.”
The talent show is an annual event at the Maryland school, hosted by The Q Group. According The Villager, The Q Group “represents queer students and allies on the Stevenson campus, as they provide a space for individuals to be expressive without judgment.”
In other words, the group’s talent show could easily be perceived as a campus safe space.
Anthony Plaag, Vice President of The Q Group, stated that the club is “open to expanding to other queer artists and performers from the surrounding Baltimore area” but has not commented on if the talent show would be opened up to straight males.
As self-described in the group’s Facebook page, the group aims to promote “acceptance and support of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, ally, etc. students on campus.” The Q Group “strives to educate the students at Stevenson University about the GLBTQIA community and to encourage a sex-positive environment on the SU campus.”
Some of their past events include “Coming Out Monologues,” “Drag-U-Cation,” a gala, “Relay 4 Life,” and “The Vagina Monologues.”
These events are stated to have provided “the campus with a sense of equality; that everyone is equal.”
Isaiah Denby is a college freshman from Tampa Bay, Florida studying economics and political science.