Most major cities have a drag scene that is booming, including different YouTube channels, drag blogs, and podcasts to go with it. NYC has "Grizzly Kiki", LA has "UnBEARable", and Colombus, OH has "Drag Cast" with Nina West. Most recently, though, the Chicago drag scene has garnered tons of attention and is known for being one of the most diverse and accepting drag communities to ever exist. It for sure has different outlets, but there was yet a need for a podcast. That's up until now...with "Thots & Shares".
"Thots & Shares" is the podcast that has been started by Chicago mastermind, Dakota Conduct. Every Tuesday, a new episode will appear online and it will cover the Chicago LGBT scene and how it is evolving in today's turbulent world and will feature some of the many incredible musicians, drag performers and sexy thots the Chicago LGBT community has to offer.. It was created to start positive dialogue not only among the Chicago community, but those who support Chicago's ever fast growing scene.
Who is Dakota Conduct?
Dakota Conduct is new to the Chicago drag scene but has already left her mark on the city. As a corporate strategy professional by day, and drag queen by night, Dakota Conduct not only slays on stage but has a knack for marketing, networking, and media production. She has been featured in music videos, a full-length documentary, been the subject of artists at the Lillstreet Art Center, and has performed all over North America, from LA to New Orleans to Montreal. She is originally from Washington DC, lived in New York City, but now calls Chicago home and the best city in the world.
“We live in politically turbulent times,” Dakota Conduct says. “I started drag as a response to the Trump presidency. This is my way of resisting. And under this administration we have seen such a lack of dialogue through social media platforms and the spread of fake news. This show, while bringing the underground scene of drag to light for those unfamiliar with it, is also dedicated to having conversations on topics that matter to the Chicago community. We want to get debates out of the comments section and into actionable, positive dialogue.”
So, why exactly did Dakota start "Thots & Shares", you ask?
"I'll come out and say it: Chicago has THE best drag scene in the world. We are home to some of the biggest and best names in drag, to some of the most talented kings and queens, and we showcase variety like no other city. We welcome bearded queens, big girl queens, club kid queens...you name it, it's in Chicago. But we don’t have a place to have raw dialogue on what is going on in the city and how drag is evolving. I am setting out to create that space." -- Dakota Conduct
Scarlet Bar, located at 3320 N Halsted St in Chicago, will be hosting an official launch party on Sunday, November 12th, from 1-3pm. It will feature a drag show with performances by Kat Sass, Veronica Pop, Melee McQueen (from Milwaukee), Electra Cute, Blonde Benet, and Auntie Heroine.
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