It’s that time of year again when the beautiful people of Busan celebrate diversity in all its forms!
Step right up to the Busan Drag Prom!
On July 4th, KSU is going to be draped in red, white and blue fabulousness… Come be part of the event of the summer! Our theme: “Americana, Who’s your Mama?”
Since its creation in 2012, the Prom has become the second largest LGBT event in Korea. As we all know the LGBT community of Korea could do with a little extra TLC after the events of the past month surrounding Seoul Pride. It’s also a great chance to drink to the huge victory for marriage equality in the US… perfect timing, SCOTUS!
Over the past three years, hundreds of Busan Dragsters have raised nearly 7 million won to assist human rights groups with their efforts to improve the lives of Korea’s LGBT community. This year, Busan Drag Prom plans to donate the event proceeds to two Korean non-profit human rights organizations. ISHAP offer various vital services including anonymous HIV/AIDS and STI testing to the public. Once a month, ISHAP has an international clinic with an English speaking nurse who performs free 100% anonymous HIV/AIDS tests. Based in Busan, the group soley relies on government grants and donations to keep their much-needed operation running. With your entry fee, you’ll also be supporting QIP aka Queer in PNU, Busan’s first university founded LGBT human rights group who strive to make our city a safer and brighter place for at-risk gay youth. Since they started less than two years ago, group membership has swelled and they’re now organizing their own events for LGBT youth in the city. Let’s show these very bold and very necessary organizations some good ol’ fashioned Busan community spirit.
Wrist bands are available at the door of Almost Famous from 9pm, at the low price of 5000won. As usual, the crowd will choose the King and Queen of the Prom at midnight based on their Creativity, Uniqueness, Nerve, and Talent… yes, there’ll be a walk-off and yes, hopefully David Bowie will be in town to officiate. The bar will feature a photo wall and roving paparazzi for you to strike your fiercest pose at ‘cos you just might win a prize in the Facebook Photo Contest.
The prizes for this year’s festivities have exceeded all expectations. Special thanks and air kisses go to Almost Famous, Beached, Bombay Brau Beach Experiment, Broadhead Accessories, Eva’s, Eva’s Ticket, Galmegi Brewery, HQ KSU and Gwangan, Kai Surf, Mama’s Binoo, Ol’55, Roof Western Pub, Sharky’s, The Hair by Na.
While organizers do promise to keep the speakers pumping with your favorite all-American tunes of all time, the prom is open to your fabulous interpretation. Busan Drag Prom is an all-inclusive event where all are welcome in whatever way they want to present themselves: Korean, expat, LGBT, or straight as an arrow. Whether you’re a He-she, a She-he, dragged-up or dressed-down; for one dragalicious night, all labels are left at the door and everyone lets their their inner queen/king, cowboy/girl, greatest American hero/villain or bad guy/gal rule… Why wait until Halloween to get your costume on??
Don’t miss out! It’s guaranteed to be a total drag!
Where: Almost Famous KSU
When: Saturday, July 4th, 9pm until whenever.
How muchy: 5,000 won* for entry
*100% of the proceeds to benefit ISHAP and QIP
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