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March 31, 2006

Forget the Olympics: It didn't have big hair and sequins

Columbus--The Winter Olympics may have wrapped up in Torino a while ago but the best damn ice skating show this year was hosted by Stonewall Columbus on Saturday, March 25 at the Dispatch Ice Haus at Nationwide Arena.

Over 600 people came to this dazzling display of big hair, sequins galore and lots of fabulous spills on the ice.

The annual Federation of Drag Skating Championship began with open skating for all attendees. But the real shenanigans began when the drag performers took to the ice to entertain and raise funds for Stonewall Columbus.

Se�ora Maria Sensual, representing Mexico and portrayed by Nathan Amador, took the bronze medal. Dame Dorothy Fleming, representing Great Britain and portrayed by Michael Carr, nabbed the silver. Ivanna Greencard, representing Slutzilvania and portrayed by James Montalvo, went home with the gold.

In the team category only a gold medal was awarded. It went to Daisy Dukes and the Good Ol� Boys. The team consisted of Panzie Bloom, aka Petey Boggs, Shawn Hamilton and Chris Mullen.

The skating competition was hosted by WCMH Channel 4 anchor Marshall McPeek and WBNS 97.1 FM radio personality Kate Burdett, with post-performance interviews conducted by Leena de la Valentine.

Another highlight of the evening was an appearance by Mayhem, the Ohio gay hockey team. The post competition party with appetizers, drink specials and gift giveaways was held at the Blue Jackets Bistro.

The skaters were matched by an equally quirky and fun-loving panel of judges including Aaron Riley; executive director of the Columbus AIDS Task Force, Rob DuVallm marketing director for Easter Seals, Lynette Howard, president of Yankee Trader, Lynne Bowman; executive director of Equality Ohio, Kellye Pinkleton, interim executive director of Stonewall Columbus, Matt Hamparian, owner of Planet Smoothie and Sable Coate, a popular drag performer in Columbus and former Federation of Drag Skating winner.

 

 

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