Things are much different on Kadena U.S. Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan since 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was repealed.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...