FM radio show Think Pink and Chill
magazine are hosting the first Queer Fest Midwest in
Chicago. They hope to provide an "alternative to the
alternative" by opening a forum for young queer artists and
musicians to express themselves, according to a
and Justin Polera will curate the daylong festival, to be
held August 25 at the Pulaski Park Fieldhouse, 1419 W.
a lot of stereotypes that come with being part of the gay
community in a larger sense," Trish Bendix,
copublisher of Chill, said in the press release.
"With QFM, we hope to bring together a diverse
crowd who might feel more at home among other young
artists and activists than in clubs."
Midwest will provide a diversity of gender representation,
with acts identifying as gay, lesbian, queer, gender-queer,
or trans. Musical acts will represent a range of
genres, such as rock, pop, rap, and techno, with
performers including Katastrophe, a trans hip-hop
artist from San Francisco, and Chris Garneau, a Brooklyn,
N.Y.-based singer-songwriter. The visual and
performing arts section will explore the theme of
"Cowboy & Pegasus." Artists submitting work to
the event include S.I.R., Kean, Sean Fader, Charles
Lum, Rob Stone, and Zachary Drucher.
information go to https://www.myspace.com/queerfestmidwest. (The