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Okinawa Air Force Base Hosts First Drag Fundraiser for Gay Group on Military Installation: VIDEO


Things are much different on Kadena U.S. Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan since 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was repealed. On Saturday, the base held its first-ever drag fundraiser for Outserve, the Stars and Stripes reports:

"...On Saturday, servicemembers here may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops.

Drag queens and drag kings, to be precise.

Six servicemembers — gay, lesbian and straight — donned heavy makeup to dance and lip sync songs such as “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” for a raucous capacity crowd at the Rocker NCO Club at Kadena Air Base. The event was a fundraiser for the recently formed Okinawa chapter of OutServe-SLDN, which is the largest nonprofit advocate for the military’s LGBT community.

“We didn’t think there was much of a desire for an event like this on the island but it has actually blown up,” said Navy Lt. Marissa Greene, co-chapter leader of OutServe Okinawa.

The group sold 400 tickets amid heavy demand. The show avoided any mentions of politics.

The advocacy group agreed to avoid using the term “drag show” as part of its on-base fundraiser effort.

Tech. Sgt. Kristen Baker, who was among the crowd, said the show got a warm reception and would leave a mark for civil rights.

“Everything is just accepted. It makes me really proud to watch it,” Baker said. In the military, “we are all brothers and sisters no matter what.”

Watch clips from the show and interviews with the performers, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. Nothing like our changing military projecting an image of "strength" and "force" by allowing this silliness to take place. Drag shows are for civilians, not for our military. Our military is supposed to be for fighting the enemy, killing them if need be, and just down-right scaring them so that they don't want to mess with us.

    This drag show does just the opposite. But I guess since it's under the guise of "gay rights," then it's okay that this happens.

    Posted by: Jon | Mar 3, 2014 2:25:15 PM

  2. Hey Jon or Rick or whatever your name is, I guess you're right: those guys and girls in Okinawa need to be scary and killing people. They don't need relaxation, entertainment or humor of ANY KIND. they need to be PRIMED TO KILL--24/7!!!

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Mar 3, 2014 2:28:42 PM

  3. Cue the trolls who think that this is further evidence of gay men = drag queens. It's all in good fun and raising money for a good cause, a cause that specifically supports LGBT service members. And if you read the article fully, you'd see that gays, lesbians, and straights all participated.

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 3, 2014 2:30:04 PM

  4. Jon, get over your tired misogynistic hangups. Macho does not automatically equal strength. There's a long line of physically and emotionally strong drag queens that could kick your ass to kingdom come.

    Posted by: NEWTMAN | Mar 3, 2014 2:30:52 PM

  5. I wish this comment system would let me "like" or "thumbs up" the comments by DANIEL BERRY, NYC and NEWTMAN. :o)

    Posted by: SpaceCadet | Mar 3, 2014 2:35:41 PM

  6. @ Daniel Berry, NYC - It is Jon. Thanks for asking.

    As for your grossly-overstated straw-man argument, did I advocate for no "relaxation, entertainment or humor of ANY KIND"? Ummmm, no.

    Use common sense, and remember what our military is for. This event was done under the auspices of the military, with its blessing. That's not entertainment on one's off-time. This reflects on all of our armed forces, and reflects on our strength and seriousness as a nation when it comes to our military.

    Drag queens, while possibly scary in a back alley after a hard night of drinking, do not scare other nations (a.k.a. Russia, China, etc.). They just make our military look to be a laughing-stock and not taken seriously. Which then emboldens idiots like Putin to keep pushing the envelope and, oh, I don't know, invade Ukraine?

    Don't be so driven by an agenda to gain greater acceptance that we end up destroying our very nation's safety and security in the process.

    Posted by: Jon | Mar 3, 2014 2:36:09 PM

  7. Before you all respond to Jon, please keep in mind that it's not nice to make fun of the mentally handicapped.

    Posted by: crispy | Mar 3, 2014 2:43:31 PM

  8. Jon came by today to tell us all that he has capers for testes. Thanks for sharing!

    Feel free to make yourself an afertnoon martini, Jon. Preferable one that substitutes vodka and vermouth for strychnine and bleach.


    trust a story about drag queens to bring out the insecure grown-adult closeted ninnies.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 3, 2014 2:47:27 PM

  9. A horrible way to stereotype male homosexuality. Drags, be gone.

    Posted by: roger | Mar 3, 2014 2:54:56 PM

  10. WND is going nuts over this! Check out their coverage and the comments. Enjoy! http://www.wnd.com/2014/03/gay-u-s-soldiers-sing-dance-in-drag/

    Posted by: Craig Howell | Mar 3, 2014 2:56:35 PM

  11. This looked like a whole bunch of people had a lot of FUN. Why would anyone object to that?

    Posted by: Howard B | Mar 3, 2014 3:02:45 PM

  12. Jon did you serve?

    Go Navy, proud of my guys. CVN-73 baby!!

    Posted by: mike | Mar 3, 2014 3:13:47 PM

  13. you show me a gay man who denigrates and complains about drag and i'll show you a guy who never got over the shame his father made him feel for being gay.


    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 3, 2014 3:15:20 PM

  14. @ Howard B - why certain folks, both gay and straight, would object to this event is because these military-folk aren't private citizens. They are members of the U.S. military. And what our military does, in and out of uniform (when identified as being a part of the U.S. military), sends a message to other nations, particularly to enemies of the U.S.

    This isn't about "them" having fun or not...it's about our nation's reputation abroad, and how we want our military to be perceived by other nations.

    This video is on YouTube. It is SO easy to imagine some propagandist in the Russian officer corps taking this video and then linking to it and sending it out as part of a training video about how far the U.S. military has fallen. It's just begging to be used as a piece of propaganda, and we're essentially gift-wrapping it and putting a nice pretty bow on top for our enemies with silliness like this.

    It doesn't matter if "a whole bunch of people had a lot of FUN." The military isn't about having "fun." It's about scaring other nations so that they don't want to risk going to war against us. This will make us a laughing-stock.

    Posted by: Jon | Mar 3, 2014 3:15:48 PM

  15. And by the way, if you think Putin invaded Ukraine because he doesn't take our military seriously, then you have zero understanding of that particular issue.

    Posted by: mike | Mar 3, 2014 3:16:15 PM

  16. Disgusting. To be fair, this clownish spectacle also included straight military personnel. Ideally, every one of these people would be given a dishonorable discharge, but since this was an authorized event, that can't happen. They should be written up for poor judgment as should the command that approved this and discharged if it ever happens again.

    Posted by: Seb | Mar 3, 2014 3:22:52 PM

  17. Seb, Roger, Jon - you should join a suicide pact. there. i said it.

    oh, who are we kidding? you're all the same sack-less trolling loser.

    Posted by: Little Kiwi | Mar 3, 2014 3:33:21 PM

  18. In the documentary "Before Stonewall" (which should be required viewing for every homo in the world) they talk about a troop of drag performers during World War II. They'd perfrom before American (and I guess Allied)forces all over the world. Of course, probably all the members of the drag show troop were Gay.

    So, this isn't anything new.

    Also, it appears they were racially integrated. HA! Maybe Gay folks were better to eacher back then they are now...LOL OPENLY GAY, that is.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 3, 2014 3:51:10 PM

  19. Kiwi - U R a horrible person and you clearly have issues with both your gender and with expressing disagreement without violence. Seek help.

    Derrick from Philly - They did drag shows back in WWII. BECAUSE THERE WERE NO WOMEN AROUND TO PERFORM. Plus, drag acts back then were played as a joke. The guys were not really trying to look like women. Of course you have no evidence that all the people who performed were gay. In fact, that would be highly unlikely to be true. And the vast majority of crossdressers and transvestites are heterosexual. You just made that up because in your sick, broken mind, being gay is to be equated with wearing women's clothing. You and Kiwi both have issues with deep-seated internalized homophobia. Seek help.

    Posted by: Seb | Mar 3, 2014 4:30:38 PM

  20. SEB, you smell like something called RICK.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 3, 2014 4:42:15 PM

  21. It helps unit cohesion. Nice to see straight support for a gay fund raiser. It's fun to see people you work with get up on stage and do something you'd never expect. Bonding. Trusting. Both make for a better functioning unit.

    I can't imagine the Russians doing this and that doesn't make them look stronger to me.

    Posted by: james st. james | Mar 3, 2014 5:13:26 PM

  22. Rick has been banned from commenting on the other major gay news sites. Towleroad is the only site that hasn't totally barred him from posting. This is why he posts so frequently and under so many aliases: because this is the only outlet for his pent up self hatred.

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 3, 2014 5:17:33 PM

  23. Surely the death of america is near! Your weakness is our strength! When the Holy Mujahadeen kick your severed heads around like soccer balls, we shall all give joyful praise to Allah! Your weakness is our signal for boldness from the Lord of all worlds. Even the Kuf'r in China and Russia will laugh with us! How beautiful shall be your humiliation on that day! Allah'u Akbar!

    Posted by: Islam Shall Rule | Mar 3, 2014 5:19:17 PM

  24. Lol, Rick you're now pretending to be Muslim because the media turned on your religious republican buddies. You're fooling no one. But you're a fool to everyone. Stop deflecting and man up to your self loathing!

    Posted by: Tyler | Mar 3, 2014 5:31:55 PM

  25. LOL

    Tyler, I thought the same exact damn thing.

    LOL...this b.tch is crazy...LOL.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Mar 3, 2014 5:40:57 PM

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