International Trans Day of Visibility Drag Show!
Fri, Mar 31, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Come celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility with a drag show at Bushel. Organized by Delaware County Pride, this all-ages event features Lilly Bola as event host, and features three of the region’s renowned drag performers: Bloody Valentine, Ryder Knightly, and Jahyra Joelle. Doors open at 7 pm and the show starts at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available here with a $10 suggested donation (on a sliding scale). 100% of door fee will go to the performers. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. Tickets will be available at the door, but we recommend that you obtain your ticket in advance to reserve your spot!
Your Host with the Most: Lilly Bola!
For nearly nine years, Lilly Bola has been gracing various stages in upstate New York. She takes elements of punk, glamor, and trash to provide your eyes and your ears with something both beautiful and confusing. Outside of drag, she works full-time in the office of global education at SUNY Oneonta and is part of Oneonta’s Commission on Community Relations and Human Rights. Dedicating her whole life to creating opportunities for self-expression and exploring new possibilities, Lilly is excited to help provide you with a show you will not want to miss.
Bloody Valentine: My name is Bloody Valentine and I’ve been doing drag for almost two years. I love drag because it is a way to express myself creatively while being able to stay true to myself. As a transgender man, it’s fun to play with the gender binary in performing and keep people on their toes. Bloody Valentine is excited for you to be his valentine!
Ryder Knightly: Hello, my name is Alex, but you all know me as Ryder Knightly. I have been performing drag for 7 years all over New York, Pennsylvania, and even competed in a national pageant in Ohio.Wow how time flies 🙂 Drag to me has always been an outlet to be able to let loose and have fun. Six years ago I started my transition, and with all the friends I made along the way I never had so much support in becoming my true self than I have over the years. The drag/trans community are my second family and I can’t wait until I can grace the stage with you all. Much love to all.
Jahyra Joelle: I started drag in 1998 in NYC with a few friends, after seeing some gorgeous entertainers grace the stage. I said I wanted to be just like them. Well my family and I moved to Upstate NY and I stumbled upon a small club in highland NY called prime time and met some fabulous friends/ entertainers and that became my stepping stone . I entertained pageants, contests, and shows. One day I saw an ad for a competition in Albany at water works pub and so I said why not. I competed against 20 something girls and I won!!!! I met a performer named ms hazel and she brought me to phoenix in Albany and said to the host there book her she’s going to change the game. And I became the “it” girl for many years in Albany traveled. I won pageants shows and hosted many gigs, raised money for multiple charities. One day I had just way too many shows and stress in my life didn’t like where I was in life. Went a dark tunnel and rather than killing myself I called a friend and after the conversation moved to Oneonta for a quiet life. A few years off of shows I met Lilly bola via Facebook and she took a chance on me and I haven’t stopped performing since.
Delaware County Pride is an organization made up of members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies in rural NY. Formed in 2022, the group seeks to create a network of resources and support; build and strengthen community; and promote equity and inclusion.