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June 30, 2006

World Cup can't beat the Bat 'n' Rouge drag game

Columbus--The sporting world may be obsessed with World Cup soccer, but that event with hooligan fans and glam dolls like David Beckham has nothing compared to the diva queens and hardcore supporters of Columbus� annual Bat �n� Rouge drag softball game.

The Columbus Lesbian and Gay Softball League, in its 21st year, held its annual fundraiser June 25 on the grounds of the Africentric School in the German Village area of downtown.

As usual it was a who�s who of Hollywood�s hottest and Tinseltown�s washed-up all in one. The Dixie Chicks showed up in full force, changing outfits almost as many times as the number of innings. They did not shy away from their anti-Bush and Cheney stances, sporting T-shirts that read �Suck My Cheney,�� �F U Bush,� and �My Bush Doesn�t Lie.�

Britney Spears showed up, taking some time away from the K-Fed. But given the controversies around her parenting, she didn�t seem to have learned a thing.

Baby or not, the little critter wasn�t going to get in the way of playing softball. So, she simply attached the kid to a retractable leash and dragged it around by her zaftig hips, given that she is pregnant again.

This time it wasn�t just washed-up celebrities. Nell Carter came back from the dead and she was looking mighty fine.

Those were just some of the notables who showed up to play in the 19th annual Bat �n� Rouge as part of the closing day of Pride celebrations.

The game an annual favorite of the Columbus GLBT community, features two teams of drag queens playing softball to raise money for the league and for the Columbus AIDS Task Force and Stonewall Columbus.

The two opposing teams were, as always, the Hygienes and the Monistats. In addition to the celebrities, the rest of the colorful queens included Aroya G. Bivin, who changed outfits in all the colors of the rainbow spectrum; Cotton Candy, Hard Rock Candy (no relation to Cotton), and Mary Catherine, who let out all her Catholic-school repression by hitting the balls really hard.

Drag kings Ike and Dyke were there to perform in the softball game as well.

The Monistats defeated the Hygienes soundly, but the real winners were the groups benefiting from the funds raised at this hilarious event.


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