LGBTQ+ masquerade

Magic City Equality brings more to Minot

Submitted Photo Raven Knight and Kara Fiyera will be hosting the MasQUEERade at the Grand Hotel on March 7.

Magic City Equality will be introducing a new type of event to Minot at the Grand Hotel on March 7.

The doors to The MasQUEERade open at 8 p.m. The show will begin at 9 p.m. and end at midnight. Performers from all over North Dakota and some from Minnesota will be attending to perform in drag.

Some of the performers will include Raven Knight and Kara Fiyera.

All ages are welcome to attend the masquerade in their finest garb and mask for the costume contest. Magic City Equality asks that guests arrive with proper photo identification. Those that are under 18 years of age will need to be accompanied by an adult.

If guests do not have masks, they may purchase one for $5. The funds from mask purchases will go toward further community events. For adults 21 and older, there will be a drink special when they buy a mask.

Jorden Laducer, the treasurer for Magic City Equality, said one of their goals is to make sure that all their events are a safe place for people to have fun and be themselves. After the Halloween event they held back in October, Laducer said that they were just taken by storm by the parents of teens who attended. They said their children were beginning to have a voice and they aren’t as scared anymore to show the world who they really are.

Another goal that Magic City Equality wishes to accomplish is to build relationships with organizations in bordering states to bring people together in the LGBTQ+ community. Laducer said that they have been in contact with organizations in other states about putting on joint events and create more support groups. One thing that sets Magic City Equality apart from the others is that they are a nonprofit.

Having a support system is important for everyone, no matter what the situation may be. Gatherings like The MasQUEERade provide LGBTQ+ youth a place to make friends, expand their support system and be able to feel more confident. Being surrounded by others their age who are also like them encourages them to come out of their shells and become their true selves.