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Thursday, March 23, 2023

The Pride Student Union (PSU) at UF hosted a welcome assembly and drag show Monday night in the Rion Ballroom at the Reitz Union to shed light on the queer perspectives.

They invited students from across campus to come enjoy free food, tabling from UF pride organizations, burlesque and drag performances and insight from pride student leaders. The show had the theme “Illuminate” and the PSU passed out glowsticks to every attendee as a representation of shedding light on queer perspectives.

“We just try to make a community and a family for those who may have trouble finding one somewhere else,” said Nikki Owens, third-year theater major at UF and active member of the PSU.

Over 250 people attended the show. “I’m excited,” Brianna Summers, local drag queen, said. “The only other time girls have performed here was RuPaul’s, so I’m excited to be one!”


Faith Taylor walks into the crowd of over 250 people Monday night during the Illuminate show in the Rion Ballroom at the Reitz Union. 


Ivy Les Vixens, a local burlesque dancer, touches up her lipstick backstage after her first performance Monday night at the LGBTQ+ Welcome Assembly hosted by the PSU. Ivy Les Vixens headlined the event along with Faith Taylor and Brianna Summers to put on a show for the LGBTQ+ community at UF.

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Faith Taylor begins her second performance of the night during the LGBTQ+ Welcome Assembly, hosted by the Pride Student Union Monday night. She wore a glow in the dark costume that lit up halfway through her performance. 



Faith Taylor, a local performer, strikes a pose during her third and final performance Monday night at the LGBTQ+ Welcome Assembly hosted by the PSU. The assembly hosted a variety of pride associations from across campus to table before the show and raise awareness for their organizations.

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