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 Fitzgerald, Darling 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.
- Dress: Sydney’s Closet Merry Mermaid dress in plumberry, size 24, $99
- Earrings: Forever 21 silver tone chandelier earrings, $5.80
- Gloves: White costume opera gloves, embellished by me
- Glasses: EyeBuyDirect.com Rock! Peggy cat eye frames in black, $55
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.
Additional photos of the Mx. Queer (U)SA Pageant are available on the IAMKIAM Photography Facebook page.
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