Protests at WTAMU surrounding charity drag show cancelation gaining nationwide attention
CANYON, Texas (KFDA) - The controversy over a campus drag show for charity has gained attention nationwide.
Day two of the peaceful protest at the Buffalo statue was just as loud, but now more students who agree with university President Wendler are attending.
Some students are showing out to have the show reinstated, while others are there to pray.
“True love, true truth is about going to places where there isn’t a lot of Jesus and showing and setting an example of what Jesus is. That is just what we are out here doing, praying over this campus, praying over Dr. Wendler, that he stays strong and a bold Christian in faith,” said Landon Bogan, a student at WT.
We reached out to West Texas A&M University for a statement on the issue, however they were unable to comment due to a pending litigation.
As of right now, just under 8,000 have signed the petition to have the drag show reinstated.
One former buff and West Texas A&M University alumni has opinions on the matter and is even pulling their funding from the university due to Wendler’s column.
“Attendance at a drag show is not compulsory. If they don’t want to participate, if they don’t want to join in the fun, they are more than welcome to stay home,” said WT alum, Nathan Russell. “But having been to a few drag shows by myself, it’s always more fun. The more people there are the livelier the party. So what grieves my heart is the people who are against this drag show taking place on campus, don’t realize the fun that they are missing out on and what this drag show represents, which is to raise awareness and funds for the Trevor Project.”
Nathan Russel is a West Texas A&M University alumni and a Christian pastor, theologian.
“Who also identifies as gay,” continued Russell. “Dr. Wendler, you do not have a monopoly on the truth, nor do you speak to the heart of Christianity.”
His love for the university drove him to contribute to the alumni association on a reoccurring basis, along with an estate plan leaving a $100,000 gift to the school of music.
“As a result of Dr. Wendler’s column, I felt it time to resend that gift, because the institution’s values no longer resonate with me,” says Russell.
Some students were chanting against Wendler, while others who support his decision took part in prayer.
However, Russell believes theology itself is a drag.
“God took on a character, God took on a drag act in Jesus Christ. So I don’t see anything antithetical at all between Christianity and drag, but rather cohesion and an opportunity,” says Russell.
The drag show was intended to raise awareness and funds for The Trevor Project, a charity focused on preventing suicide in LGBTQ youth.
Russell himself has attended funeral services of those who fell victim to this.
“Not one more. So if a drag show counters the narrative that is out there in the world, then sign me up. I want to be there because this is life saving, life giving, loving and liberating,” stated Russell.
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