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Gay & Lesbian U.S. Troops Perform In Drag At Kadena Air Base Fundraiser

​The Outserve-SLDN chapter of Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, Japan may have hosted the first drag show on a U.S. military base--or at least the first since the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"!

The Saturday event raised funds for Outserve-SLDN, the leading military organization that supports LGBT service members, and it appears to have been a resounding success!

​More than 400 tickets were sold as six gay, lesbian, and straight service members took the stage to perform. 

From The Stars And Stripes:

“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.

Greene said she had hoped to sell about 75 tickets to fund some future support activities for the group, which was formed last summer and still “starting from scratch.” The event was approved as a “variety show” by Kadena’s 18th Wing through the same process as other on-base fundraisers.

But an initial 200 tickets were plucked up almost immediately, so they issued another 200.

“We ended up selling 400 tickets in 10 days,” she said.


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.”

Looks like a great time! 

Haters are already coming out of the woodwork, but pay them no mind. It's great to see our troops having some harmless fun in support of a good cause!