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George Mason U picks drag queen as homecoming queen - Martin_Pen - 02-21-2009

George Mason University senior Ryan Allen dresses in drag and doesn't mind being called a queen — homecoming queen, to be exact. Allen, who is gay and performs in drag at nightclubs in the region, said he entered the homecoming contest as a joke, competing as Reann Ballslee, his drag queen persona.But he considers the victory one of his happiest moments and proof that the suburban Washington, D.C., school famous for its run to the Final Four a few years back celebrates its diverse student body.
"I was very touched by how Mason was so supportive through the whole process of allowing a boy in a dress to run for homecoming queen," Allen said in a phone interview. "It says a lot about the campus that not only do we have diversity but we celebrate it."
The senior from Virginia's Goochland County won the pageant Saturday at a sold-out Homecoming basketball game against Northeastern University.
Large portions of the crowd cheered as Allen, wearing a gold-sequined top, accepted the tiara and the Ms. Mason 2009 sash.


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George Mason U picks drag queen as homecoming queen - St_Josephs_Man - 02-21-2009

...what did the competition look like?

This is gross.



George Mason U picks drag queen as homecoming queen - Anastasia - 02-21-2009

I saw the pictures, and I'm sorry, you could easily tell it was a man. If this was really the prettiest person they could find, I am staying WAY away from campus.



George Mason U picks drag queen as homecoming queen - Martin_Pen - 02-21-2009

Do you really think merit or "beauty" had anything to do with it when simple "diversity" and "tolerance" trump all other considerations? College kids needing to make a statement by pooping on everything that built the civilization from which they benefit.



George Mason U picks drag queen as homecoming queen - alaric - 02-21-2009

St_Josephs_Man Wrote:...what did the competition look like?

This is gross.
Maybe something like this?

<A title="Male cheerleader by triciawd, on Flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/dragonden/2759213384/" target=_blank>[Image: 2759213384_a13acd4f9e_o.jpg]</A>



George Mason U picks drag queen as homecoming queen - spasiisochrani - 02-21-2009

At least it was George Mason and not Georgetown.  This year, anyway.