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Okinawa US military base hosts charity drag show

Okinawa US military base hosts charity drag show

A drag fundraiser for US LGBTI military network Outserve-SLDN sold out on Saturday after organizers issued more than four times the number of tickets they originally thought they would need for the show.

Organizers of the event, held at the Rocker NCO Club on the grounds of Kadena Air Base on the Japanese island of Okinawa, originally expected to only need about 75 tickets for the show – but ended up selling 400 tickets, maxing out the venue’s capacity.

In the show six US military personnel – some gay, some lesbian, some straight – donned makeup and cross dressed to mime to a variety of songs including Adam Lambert’s ‘If I had You’ and Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody.’

The show featured both drag queens and kings but organizers registered the event with authorities on the base as a ‘variety show’ to avoid ruffling feathers.

‘We didn’t think there was much of a desire for an event like this on the island but it has actually blown up,’ Outserve Okinawa co-chapter leader Navy Lt. Marissa Greene told Stars and Stripes.

The US has maintained a military presence on Okinawa since the defeat of Japanese forces in World War II.

Kadena Air Base was originally built by the Japanese but was captured by US forces on 1April, 1945 during the Battle of Okinawa.