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Stage Lights and Streetlights

Article by Abe Plaut. Dexter Clardy, IU graduate, Soul Revue veteran and lead singer of Bloomington based Huckleberry Funk, oozes in individuality and a swagger of his own. With a style self-described as “daringly weird,” he is unafraid to take risks and go against the status quo with his wardrobe, both on-and-off the stage. “I…

B’town Drag Queens: Beeka Lovelace-Perón

A series by Abe Plaut Beeka Lovelace-Perón (@beeka_lovelace) Beeka Lovelace-Perón is also a part of the House of Perón here in Bloomington. Originally from Grand Rapids, Michigan, Beeka first came to Bloomington for school. Her start into drag was somewhat unconventional compared to the other queens. Salem Massacre, a Michigan based drag queen, is almost…

B’town Drag Queens: Juniper Perón

A series by Abe Plaut Juniper Perón (@juniperperon) Juniper Perón is no stranger to Bloomington, having grown up in B’town herself and performing since 2017 after being adopted into the House of Perón. Her last name Perón shows that she is part of a legacy of drag queens in Bloomington. The House of Perón is…

B’town Drag Queens: Ima Wreck

A series by Abe Plaut Ima Wreck (@imawreckeverybody) Indiana native and IU junior Kade Padgett, also known as Ima Wreck, is gender fluid and comfortable being referred to with any gender pronouns. Padgett first began their journey into drag as a Halloween queen. “There’s actually a joke in the drag community about Halloween queens,” Ima…

B’town Drag Queens: Merle

A series by Abe Plaut Merle (@m._merle) IU senior Chase Duncan identifies as a cisgender homosexual man. In drag, he is known by the name Merle and uses feminine pronouns instead. This is the norm in drag circles. While anyone can be a drag queen regardless of gender identity or sexual orientation, the majority identify…