Since May 2021, BG FuZion has presented a monthly professional drag show!
BG FuZion was created in late 2020 by Director Christopher H. Cherry as an outreach and development program of Xclaim, Inc. to promote physical togetherness in the LGBTQIA+ community and create opportunities for local drag entertainers to perform with quality professional entertainers.
To avoid replicating existing services, the Director consulted with local community leaders and performers including Gia Hall, Geneva LaDiva, India Divine, and Queen Venus Knight. Although all four of these community leaders made valuable contributions to the creation of BG FuZion, Queen Venus Knight committed the most time and attention to the development and realization of BG FuZion and earned the title of Co-Founder.
Planning expanded to include other existing local drag groups, and with the collaboration of Joey Upchurch & Sapphire Mylan from "The Illusions of Bowling Green" and of Gorgina George, Brittanica & Serenity Sweets of "The Framed Fatale" (now "The PrimaDonnas"), BG FuZion went from page to stage!
After more than six months of research and planning, BG FuZion was established on May 1, 2021, with the first monthly production, a benefit show for Xclaim, Inc.
Soon after establishment, BG FuZion programming expanded to include the BG Pride Pageant System, with the introduction of the Miss BG Pride Pageant in October 2021 (see the "BG Pride Pageant" tab for details).
In January 2022, BG FuZion programming expanded further to introduce BG Family FuZion - family-friendly productions for all ages. This program ensures inclusivity and diversity in a wholesome, fun, safe environment for families.
In the first year, BG FuZion produced 12 monthly adult shows (featuring 4 Open Stage Drag shows with Audience Choice Award winners), 2 Family FuZion shows, the first-ever Pride Pageant, 2 Pride Court events (the first-ever Community Drag Business Meeting AND the first-ever Community Pride Prom), promoted 32 performers with bookings, encouraged support for survivors of conversion therapy, and supported a massive community-wide disaster relief effort.
BG FuZion proudly supports and partners with community organizations and initiatives that concern drag or other LGBTQIA+ issues. Here are some of the groups or organizations BG FuZion has supported, promoted, sponsored, or with whom BG FuZion has completed successful collaborations:
BG Pride Festival
ESQUIRE Productions & Services
Fusion Bar & Grill, Clarksville, TN
The Illusions of Bowling Green
Kentucky Fairness Alliance
Matthew 25 HIV/AIDS Services
The PrimaDonnas (formerly The Framed Fatale)
SOKY Magic Basketball Team
SOKY Magic Softball Team
TKO Custom Designs
WKU Department of Film Studies
Many of these collaborations are on-going, and BG FuZion continues to value community connections to promote unity.
With community support and performer interest, BG FuZion continued to grow and solidify during the second year to establish an Official Cast.
Balancing the original vision of professional quality and local performance opportunities, BG FuZion carefully crafted a cast of diverse performers with a variety of styles, skills, talents, levels of experience and unique perspectives.
With Monthly and Rotating Cast members, as well as Open Stage Drag, BG FuZion continues to present a fresh production each month featuring seasoned professionals, rising stars, and local amateurs.
BG FuZion has a three-pronged mission:
LGBTQIA+ SAFE SPACE
BG FuZion is dedicated to providing a fun evening in a safe space for the LGBTQIA+ community and all supporters of DRAG ENTERTAINMENT!
With a reliable monthly schedule and inclusion of local performers, BG FuZion is dedicated to promoting unity in the community and encouraging community networking.
MENTORSHIP AND SUPPORT
BG FuZion is dedicated to creating unique opportunities for local and regional rising stars to perform with professionals in a supportive environment.
Scroll down for details about the Cast of BG FuZion, Past BG FuZion shows & productions, and Past Performers at BG FuZion!
The FULL Cast of BG FuZion "fuZes" together over 125 years of combined performance experience
including national pageant winners, regional celebrities, and outstanding local performers
from Nashville to Franklin to Bowling Green to Louisville - a 200-mile reach!
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EVERY MONTH AT BG FUZION!
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The Monthly Cast of BG FuZion includes a national pageant title holder (with 4 national titles), the Inaugural Reigning Miss Kentucky FI (Female Impersonator), the Inaugural Miss BG Pride 2021, the Reigning Miss BG Pride 2022, and the entertainment committee chair of every past BG Pride Festival.
With 50 years of combined performing experience, this Tremendous Trio of Queens brings a powerful performance to every show and provides mentorship and support to other entertainers!
Queen Venus is a Bowling Green native who has been performing for more than 14 years. She is a four-time national pageant winner, the Inaugural Miss BG Pride 2021, & the current-reigning Miss Kentucky FI (Female Impersonator). She is the BG FuZion co-founder and dedicated to making our show grow to new heights!
Debuting Halloween 2001, Geneva LaDiva has been performing over 20 years, locally, in Nashville (at Play Dance Bar), and all over Kentucky and Tennessee. Geneva is the Show Director & Host of the annual BG Pride Festival and the only entertainer who has performed at every Festival since they began in 2017.
Zoe is a Western KY native, living in Louisville, and has been performing for more than 7 years at Play Louisville, Pride Bar and across Kentuckiana. She is the hostess of BG Fuzion and Miss BG Pride 2022. As a survivor of conversion therapy, Zoe is dedicated to helping others in our community rise above!
The Rotating Cast of BG FuZion includes an eclectic mix
of local and regional performers who each exhibit a unique style of drag!
Their credits include winning local and regional pageants, regional news & media celebrity,
former and current experience as show director, mentorship,
continued community service and countless performances all over our region.
With over 75 years of combined performing experience, this group of polished performers
inspires variety and ensures diversity at each show with energy and excitement!
Gracie is a Bowling Green native who has returned to drag after a hiatus of many years. As a fan favorite at BG Family FuZion, Gracie has delighted fans with her unique interpretations of classic characters and live performances of Kermit the Frog! Gracie supports our cast with promotion and by creating promo videos, downloading music for performers, and serving as DJ for many of our shows.
Lacey has been performing more than three years in Bowling Green, Franklin and other local venues. She is BG FuZion’s only AFAB drag performer, and is Absolutely FABulous, bringing a unique & valuable perspective to our cast. Fully embracing drag styles, Lacey loves to perform country music and classic stars like Cher. With positivity & professionalism, She is invaluable to our cast.
From Bowing Green, La'Diamond has been performing more than a decade in the South Central Kentucky region and in Tennessee. She is the Miss Franklin Pride Emeritus and served as a judge for the 2022 BG Pride Pageant. She enjoys performing classic drag styles with elegance. La'Diamond is thrilled to part of BG FuZion and dedicated to promoting our show and its cast!
Penny’s drag career was born about 3 years ago when what started as a one-time gag quickly turned into a full-fledged passion. First in Louisville and now in Nashville, Penny honed her skills quickly & efficiently; and her passion for artistry shows on stage. She is frequently seen at Fusion in Clarksville, TN. This campy dancing queen gives an unpredictable show keeping you entertained!
Telishis started performing more than 20 years ago until joining the military. After service, Telishis joined the cast Cabaret La Cage and has been performing in BG ever since. She is a member of the House of Ebony in the world of Ballroom and was the 2nd Alternate to Miss BG Pride 2021. She specializes in Old School & Afrocentric styles and music. Telishis values bringing people together.
Veronika is a native New Yorker and moved to Nashville in 2000. In the last 2 decades, she has been featured in multiple theatrical productions, drag shows, pageants and numerous community events. Her passions include theatre, music, travel as well as many LGBTQ+ issues like HIV/AIDS Education & Prevention, Youth Homelessness and Suicide Awareness.
Kenneth J. Squires is from Mt. Sterling, KY who has performed for more than 26 years. This US Army Vet was a Sergeant in the Military Police. He is a former in the Imperial Court of Kentucky and thrilled represent Bowling Green and the surrounding area. As Mr. BG Pride 2023, Kenneth will Special Guest with our cast during his reign. Kenneth ran on a platform of Breast Cancer Awareness.