OOTD: Subject to Change presents the Mx. Queer (U)SA Pageant

Photo: Mx. QSA pageant poster for Subject to Change. Photo source: Google Images, TeenyRobots.com

Though Logan Square is home to a burgeoning queer presence, nightlife opportunities there, as of the fall of 2011, were still almost non-existent. In response, activist Lindsey Dietzler and editor Joe Erbentraut approached The Burlington bar with the idea of hosting a queer-centric dance party there, giving rise to Subject to Change.

Each dance party raises 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 pulls 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 kicked off their second year with their biggest event yet,  crowning the inaugural Mx. Queer (U)SA at their Jan. 30 party in a pageant emceed by Joe Varisco. I competed against previous Subject to Change hosts — including Velveeta FitzgeraldDarling Shear and Mister Junior — and I took home the crown for Queer Quior. All of the contestants were a joy to work with, I just hope next year contestants can name a Mx. Congeniality.

Photo: Mx. Queer (U)SA pageant for Subject to Change at the Burlington. Photo source: Google Images, IAMKIAM Photography 4 the contestants: Darling Shear, The Lady Anite Butch, Velveeta Fitzgerald, Mister Junior, Joe Varisco

The contestants and host huddled together for a post-show photo. | IAMKIAM Photography

Photo: Mx. Queer (U)SA pageant for Subject to Change at the Burlington. Photo source: Google Images, IAMKIAM Photography 5 question and answer

The Q&A portion of the pageant | IAMKIAM Photography

Photo: Mx. Queer (U)SA pageant for Subject to Change at the Burlington. Photo source: Google Images, IAMKIAM Photography 3 Dance off 3

Velveeta Fitzgerald and I tied, so we had a dance-off to determine the winner. | IAMKIAM Photography

Photo: Mx. Queer (U)SA pageant for Subject to Change at the Burlington. Photo source: Google Images, IAMKIAM Photography 1 Dance off 1

Velveeta Fitzgerald voguing it out during the dance-off. | IAMKIAM Photography

Photo: Mx. Queer (U)SA pageant for Subject to Change at the Burlington. Photo source: Google Images, IAMKIAM Photography 2 Dance off 2

More dance-off | IAMKIAM Photography

Photo: Mx. Queer (U)SA pageant for Subject to Change at the Burlington. Photo source: Google Images, IAMKIAM Photography 7 awaiting the crowning

Anxiously anticipating the crowning | IAMKIAM Photography

Photo: Mx. Queer (U)SA pageant for Subject to Change at the Burlington. Photo source: Google Images, IAMKIAM Photography 8 the winner is announced

Crowd applause determined I was the winner. Velveeta Fitzgerald appears to be a bit bitter. | IAMKIAM Photography

Photo: Mx. Queer (U)SA pageant for Subject to Change at the Burlington. Photo source: Google Images, IAMKIAM Photography 9 The Lady Anita Butch is the winner

I’m the reigning Mx. Queer (U)SA | IAMKIAM Photography

Photo: Mx. Queer (U)SA pageant for Subject to Change at the Burlington. Photo source: Google Images, IAMKIAM Photography 9 OOTD sydney's closet merry mermaid dress Outfit details

I absolutely adore this dress. I never thought I could wear a mermaid-style dress because of my size, but clearly I was wrong. It’s all about the cut. The trumpet bottom hits me at exactly the right spot, making this the perfect evening wear for the pageant. My only gripe is the one-shoulder neckline — I need two straps worth of support.

The opera gloves are a cheap costume pair that I picked up for Halloween years ago. I embellished them with hot fix crystals that I randomly placed on the gloves to add some sparkle.

My nails were purple and silver to match my dress. I used Wet ‘n Wild Fast Dry Nail Color in Silvivor and Buffy the Violet Slayer. I topped the purple with silver and purple glitter polish by SinfulColors in I Miss You. All of these polishes I picked up for a buck or two at the drug store.

Photo: Mx. Queer (U)SA pageant for Subject to Change at the Burlington. Photo source: Google Images, IAMKIAM Photography 10 purple and silver nail polish

Additional photos of the Mx. Queer (U)SA Pageant are available on the IAMKIAM Photography Facebook page.

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