The Hobart and William Smith Pride Alliance hosted the annual Lavender Gayla dinner on April 6 in the Bartlett Theatre.
The Gayla is an end-of-year, semi-formal award dinner and show that highlights the many achievements and contributions of people who identify as LGBTQ+ on campus and celebrates what it means to be a visible LGBTQ+ person in the community. The dinner was a three-course meal with all proceeds benefiting the Finger Lakes’ LGBTQ Resource Center.
The event featured Rochester drag queen, Samantha Vega, and performances by guitarist Kathleen Fowkes ‘18. Vega is an entertainer who has been a show director and cast member at Club Muthers. Vega performs a variety of acts including impersonations and lip-synchs to various songs from modern to classic. She also designs and makes her own costumes and hairstyles.
Nicole Milburn ’18, president and coordinator of the Pride Alliance club, says she was excited to organize this year’s Gayla. “We’ve made it a priority to combat the violence and negativity faced by our community by creating a fun, carefree space that centers and celebrates LGBTQ+ people,” she says. Her favorite part of the event is the coming together of allies and the show of support from students, faculty, staff and community members.