DJs will be spinning, drag artists will be performing, and dancers will be gyrating at the second Queer Fest.
The event is going down this Saturday, April 16, from 8 p.m.-12 a.m. at The Set Miami.
Bad Papi will host the party, with performances by more than a dozen artists including Miss Toto, La King, and Brenda Renee. The event is being staged by the Reflect Collective, an organization formed by three FIU students in 2019 that fully developed during the pandemic. While the party will be fun, the cause is very serious.
“The atmosphere of this venue is cool and hip,” Amelia Leon, Reflect’s Public Relations Director, said. “The lighting will be blue/purple as those are the colors that represent survivors of sexual violence and domestic violence.”
Reflect Collective reflects the power of youth to develop fresh perspectives and bring change. In 2019 they held Queering Sexual Assault Prevention, with 14 queer performers and about 100 attendees. The National Sexual Violence Resource Center says sexual violence has a lifetime cost of $122,461. Leon, and their partner Ti Ti Nguyen, knew they had created an impactful event, unfortunately COVID came along and delayed the second event until this weekend.
QTBIPOC are more susceptible to sexual violence than their non-queer, white counterparts, as reported by RAINN and the HRC. QTBIPOC people are often the ones facing these financial burdens the most. Nguyen, who is also Reflect’s Internal Affairs Director, had the idea to give grants directly to QTBIPOC survivors of sexual violence, to help them cover the costs of sexual violence and allow them to gain financial independence, which is especially important for survivors of intimate partner violence.
“BIPOC folks have always faced marginalization in America in all facets of our society, whether it was because of colonization, slavery, exploitation, or more,” Nguyen said. “In addition, different BIPOC groups face distinct experiences of oppression and privilege because of their intersectional identities and their varying histories. The reasons behind why Black folks face sexual violence compared to Indigenous folks compared to Asian folks compared to Latinx folks may be very different. But what we are seeing overall is an epidemic of sexual violence among all BIPOC communities, especially those who are Black. Black women have extremely high rates of sexual violence, with almost half having experienced some form of intimate partner violence. Indigenous women are disappearing at staggering rates, and most cases involve sexual violence against them.”
All proceeds will go to the Queer Survivor Grant.
In addition to the show, on-site HIV testing will be available. Free therapy and victim advocates for survivors at the event provided by Survivor’s Pathway. A Queer Survivor Art exhibit will display art made by queer survivors. Food and mocktails will be served up. Many of the performers are survivors of assault and all are allies.
Tickets are $15 for students and $25 for everyone else.