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Thank you to Elijah McKinnon and Kristen Kaza for your community service and the founding of Reunion Chicago.
Reunion has held space for FUTUREHOOD events such as B R I G H T E R D A Y S, the Blackie Experience album release party, and our Red Bull Music Festival FUTUREHOOD & FRIENDS official after party and that's only the tip of the iceberg. We have been grateful for the many opportunities Reunion has generated through the communion work space as well as collaboration with reunion and its community members.
We invite all of our fans, friends, and family members to donate to this space because it is an essential part of the queer community in Chicago and will only grow to be more vital in the future.
Learn more about Elijah McKinnon, Kristen Kaza, and Reunion Chicago as well as their plans for the $10,000 they are aiming to raise this summer -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------->>>>>
In 2016, we, Elijah McKinnon and Kristen Kaza opened the doors to Reunion, making a home for LGBTQ, people of color and gender minorities to connect & create freely. After trying our best to work at various coworking communities and spaces around the city, we became increasingly disappointed with the lack of diversity and intentions of workspace and hospitality environments and imagined a more intersectional and collaborative space with Reunion. In a landscape where spaces for marginalized communities are relegated mostly to bars and clubs, Reunion became a space for crucial connection outside of nightlife.
Join FUTUREHOOD founders Mister Wallace and aCeb00mbaP to celebrate the creative contributions of queer and transgender people of color in music, film, and other media. They’ll share recent projects and discuss how their collective is raising the profile of artists of all identities. Followed by a special musical performance.
Femme and queer people of color are centered at this epic event to celebrate the kinkier side of our sexuality. Hosted with Queen! at smartbar, this building wide rave falls on the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend as Chicago closes out the annual International Mr. Leather #IML competitions.
Party Mom, Kristen Kaza, & Cool Mom, Mister Wallace, team up to bring #IML to the Queer Future, I AM ELLE. Our line up reflects the ethos that femme and queer people of color are the makers of queer liberation. This years line up includes Slomo resident, Audio jack, The Pride of FUTUREHOOD, THE WIFE OF WRATH, and the Cool Mom of FUTUREHOOD Mister Wallace with special guest FEE LION, SAYA NAOMI, TSPEANUTBUTTERS, & ALEXA GRAE.
Check out photos from last years I AM ELLE and purchase your tickets to this years event
A city’s social progress is shaped by the people that call it home, and Chicago is no exception. A movement of artistic collectives is elevating Chicago's marginalized communities to reshape the city's social climate, including the founders of Chicago's longest-running weekly party Queen!, queer Black femme collective Party Noire, LGBTQIA+-centric label and artist collective FutureHood, and drag performers Bambi Banks and Kenzie Coulee.
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