OutCT hosts its annual fashion show at Ocean Beach Sunday

Andre Ranion of Ledyard, who goes by the stage name 'Sparkle La More' walks the runway dressed as the Goddess Isis, while participating in outCT's annual 'Born This Way' fashion show.
(Courtesy of outCT)
Andre Ranion of Ledyard, who goes by the stage name "Sparkle La More" walks the runway dressed as the Goddess Isis, while participating in outCT's annual "Born This Way" fashion show. (Courtesy of outCT)

Drag culture has taken a strong hold in New London's gay community as of late, and this weekend will be a chance to see that come to life while also helping support a great cause.

OutCT, a New London-based nonprofit that works to recognize the ever-flourishing LGBTQ community throughout southeastern Connecticut, will be holding its annual fashion show at Ocean Beach Park Sunday. Besides a full-length fashion show featuring models dressed in drag with the theme of “fairytales,” the benefit will also showcase ongoing drag performances, as well as an all-out dance party that is expected to last well into the night. Pre-show hors d’ouevres will be up for grabs, along with a silent auction, an all-you-can-eat pasta buffet and a cash bar for added entertainment.

All proceeds will benefit outCT’s Youth Program, which offers a monthly space for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning and allied youth in the region to find social, peer-to-peer, life-skills and career-building services.

OutCT’s Born This Way Fashion Show, 5 p.m., Sunday at Port N Starboard Ocean Front Banquet Center at Ocean Beach Park, 1225 Ocean Ave., New London; $60 in advance, $80 at the door; (860) 967-7931.

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