When organizer and activist Lindsey Dietzler and editor Joe Erbentraut first approached The Burlington, a popular bar in Logan Square, with the idea of hosting a queer-centric dance party there, the pitch was simple and noncommittal.
Though the West Side neighborhood is home to a burgeoning queer presence, nightlife opportunities there, as of the fall of 2011, were still almost non-existent. And what Dietzler and Erbentraut had in mind wasn’t quite like anything else being offered anywhere in the city.
The series of conversations that followed eventually resulted in the creation of Subject to Change. Each party would raise both awareness of and funds, via a suggested $5 donation, for a different organization or initiative working on issues that impact the lives of queer Chicagoans. The music would pull from a wider variety of genres — ranging from punk, R&B and even country — emphasizing the idea of no shame music.
After celebrating their first anniversary last month, the Subject to Change crew is now ready to kick off their second year with their biggest event yet as they will crown the inaugural Mx. Queer (U)SA at their Jan. 30 party in a pageant emceed by Joe Varisco. Among the contestants will be a number of previous Subject to Change hosts, including Velveeta Fitzgerald, Darling Shear, Mister Junior, and The Lady Anita Butch (that’s me!) representing Queer Quior. The party benefits the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and will feature guest sets from DJ Wife Material (Britticisms). The event is even featured in The Reader:
Subject to Change presents the Mx. Queer (U)SA Pageant is slated for Jan. 30 at The Burlington, 3425 W. Fullerton, beginning at 9 p.m.
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