Every night from October 12-14, Ian Diver and his friends will be walking in and out of the HUBweek’s domes as part of a performance piece that aims to showcase the characters of queer nightlife in Boston.
A history lesson: Since it’s early days in the nineties, queer nightlife has nurtured legions of artists, performers, and activists like RuPau, Armen Ra, and Amanda Lepore with legacies that go beyond LGTBQ and nightlife circles. Queer nightlife’s contribution to progress is certainly not lost in today’s popular culture and it will certainly be part of tomorrow’s.
The five LGBTQ artists wore gender-defying costumes –on Thursday the theme was all white. On Friday, they wore theirbest Jason Vorhees tribute looks. Diver has worked as a DJ and organized party events all over Boston and met severity Stone, Emphysema Menthol One-Hundreds, Violencia Exclamation Point, and Sham Payne.
The group started out the night in the Red dome, where they shared drinks with guests. Then they moved onto the Blue dome where curious All-Access guests didn’t quit know what to make of their presence. Then they walked into the Green dome just in time to join in on the Silent Disco, where they danced on and off stage.
Diver explained, “The older I get, the more I’m seeing people become comfortable with themselves –as queer people, however they want to label themselves or define their sexuality. But I see, it’s like the coming out of the dark, in a way. It’s like, everywhere I look.”
Most visitors struggled to understand why the performance fit in with the rest of HUBweek’s events. Innovation is not limited to technology and progress is an overarching process. Like the most advanced AI’s and medical treatments, queer nightlife is innovation. It pushes us out of our comfort zone in order to take us into the future.