Rainbow Café, LGBTQ Resource Center present LGBTQ+ Ballroom Extravaganza


SIUC’s LGBTQ Resource Center will be kicking off LGBTQ History Month on the campus of SIU Carbondale on Friday, Sept. 30, with the 2022 LGBTQ+ Ballroom Extravaganza in Ballroom D of the SIU Student Center starting at 7 p.m. with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

In addition, this event will kick off a weekend of events for the first annual Southern Illinois LGBTQ FEST presented by Rainbow Café.

The LGBTQ Resource Center and Rainbow Cafe invite students and members of the SIUC community to learn about the history of the LGBTQ Ballroom scene through a Ballroom 101 Workshop presented by Maven Lee, the director of the SHADES Project St. Louis, and additional members starting at 7 p.m. The SHADES Project St. Louis is a non-profit organization and stands for Supporting the Health, Arts, Diversity, Education and Safe Spaces of queer & trans people of color and the folx who love them. Following the Ballroom 101 Workshop, audience members will be able to “walk” categories such as Vogue, Face, Fantasy, Butch Queen, and Femme Queen beginning around 8:15 p.m. Interested guests are welcome to sign-up in advance or sign up at the door. Dr. Jonny Gray, host of “Isn’t It Queer”, will join us as Mothra Stewart to serve as the emcee for the evening.

Come and celebrate Ballroom Culture and LGBTQ History Month with us!! “Ballroom Culture” originated in New York City in the late 20th century and provided a space for queer people of color to come together as a community and compete in a variety of categories. “Ballroom Culture” gained national awareness after it was captured in the documentary Paris is Burning (1990) and after the release of Madonna’s hit song “Vogue” (1990). A resurgence of “Ballroom Culture” has been seen following the success of the hit television show Pose on the FX Network and the television show Legendary on HBO Max.

This event will serve as a fundraiser for Rainbow Café. The Rainbow Café is a nonprofit organization that has served the LGBTQ community of Southern Illinois for over 20 years. All are welcome to this event. Kids 12 and under will receive free admission. There is a $5 suggested donation for Students with an ID and a $7 suggested donation for community members. For more information about Rainbow Café visit rainbowcafe.org. For more information about SIUC’s LGBTQ Resource Center and a calendar of events celebrating LGBTQ History Month on the campus of SIUC, please visit https://smrc.siu.edu/.