Conjuring Queer Spirits: Videographer Indiana Giordani Covers The Conjure

Written By: Indiana Giordani

Photo Credit: Kit Marlowe of We Personally 

Style your hair, beat your face, snatch your outfit, and sashé into your party shoes. Now take one last look over before you head out for a Friday night out with your favorite femmes. There are few places and opportunities for the feminine centered/gender non-conforming to let loose for a night out on the town, freely. Where are energetic queer people going when they want to merge with like spirits and the queer scene is either scant or non-existent in their area? How can they find a thrilling yet affordable way to sweat it out on the dance floor or lounge and make memories with their friends as they listen to music? You know, the music booming through speakers that you probably only hear on a streaming app when the playlist gets random, or popular music dubbed and screwed to cunt beats that just so happens to reverberate to the exact way the blood pumps through your veins?

 (Left) Conjure Event & Summer of Weirdos Curator and Artist Gemynii

(Left) Conjure Event & Summer of Weirdos Curator and Artist Gemynii

The Lux Blog’s own alumna visual artist, curator, and DJ, Gemynii saw the need and fulfilled it with The Conjure; an event, currently housed at The Pinhook, specifically for and full of queer femmes and cis-women looking to party without the stress of being harassed. With all queer femme DJs spinning different sets from digital to vinyl and all the rhythms in between, it was definitely a brand new ambiance for the selective partier. Music spilled into the atmosphere, bodies moved the entire night, there were endless smiles on faces and a feeling of being in a safe space. Included in the queer festivities was a photo booth and vendors that you can only get at a queer spot. For example there were stones and essential oils in one corner, a brand promoting consent with shirts, buttons, and bags, as well as in another corner an independent clothing line, Motley Threadz. The designer Debbie the Artist hand paints and cuts-up jeans, vest, and other garb in an up-cycling fashion.

Along with the vendors and enchanting moves there was a projector screen with a plethora of moving pictures, the venue’s bar, of course, for those who feed themselves drinks when they party as well as a back porch for those who need recharging time or fresh air and best of all a gender neutral restroom!! Being queer means your whole lifestyle is, albeit normal to you, an anomaly to others but The Conjure at The Pinhook allows you to be in public safely uninhibited as you would be dancing in your mirror at home serving Mama Solange realness.

Looking around the crowd people came with their partners or consensually partnered up while there, which means connections were made and good times were had. Familiar faces peeped from behind shadows with hugs and drinks in hands; Pie Pushers Pizza floated throughout the crowd and downtown Durham showed its support by making room for those with marginalized lives but souls that speak volumes. #IssaVibe

 Poet & DJ Vespertine strikes a pose!

Poet & DJ Vespertine strikes a pose!

Kimberly Knight