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Let's Have a Kiki: Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza

“Let’s Have a Kiki” is a series of half hour informal gallery talks during the run of the exhibit In Her Closet—How to Make a Drag Queen. Exhibit participants talk about their drag practice and exhibit-related themes, concepts, and materials.

Join the first kiki October 8 at 12:30 pm with exhibit community co-curator, Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza. Paul Michael Leonardo Atienza is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology with a minor certificate in Gender and Women’s Studies. His drag collaborator is Ma. Arte S. P. Tolentino. To learn more about Ma Arte, please visit her Facebook Page (external link) and Instagram account: @dragMaArte (external link)

We respectfully adopt kiki as a term meaning “social gathering” that emerged from Black queer ballroom cultures in New York City. Known for its fun, laid-back, gossip-filled atmosphere, a kiki is also a support network that provides food, shelter, HIV advocacy and awareness, and an avenue for self-affirming performance expression for queer and trans youth living in the streets.

Other dates in the kiki series: February 11, March 10, and April 14 (12:30–1:00 pm).

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For further information on this event, contact Monica M. Scott at (217) 300-6213 or

To request disability-related accommodations for this event, please contact Brian Cudiamat at (217) 244-5586 or cudiamat@illinois.edu (email link).