Pride Month might come and go quickly but being part of the LGBTQ+ community is a year-long affair. Events that help you find your tribe are crucial, particularly as a black or brown LGBTQ+ person – and London is full of parties you’re sure to fall in love with. From packed dance floors and thrilling walk-offs to kink workshops and board game hangs, a new wave of QTIPOC events (events for queer, trans and intersex people of colour) offer something for all rave tastes. Here are six QTIPOC nights to keep your eye on.
With imaginatively themed nights, exhilarating walk-offs and heaving dance floors, Pxssy Palace is paving the way for inclusive clubbing. The night celebrates its community of queer, trans, non-binary and intersex people of colour and also raises money to ensure that black and brown trans femmes can get home safely after the night. They also host community-focused workshops. If you’re looking for a night that offers you activism alongside pulsing music and bodacious outfits, then look no further.
In a scene that can lend itself to the idea of hedonism and indulgence, Misery is a breath of fresh air. A mental health collective and sober club night, the event looks to provide a healing space for queer, trans, non-binary and intersex black people and people of colour. With sober parties, performances, board game hangs, kink workshops, self-defence classes and lots of dancing, Misery offers a new and different space to connect with other queer people of colour.
A club night as well as a curatorial collective hailing from south-east London, BBZ offers a space centring the experiences of queer womxn, trans and non-binary people of colour. An event that has quickly become an essential space for black and brown queer people, BBZ helps create community and steer the conversation around what it means to be a black or brown queer person in the UK.
If you’re impatiently waiting for Notting Hill Carnival to come around and need to scratch that soca itch, then Queer Bruk is the place for you. Founded by Akeil Onwukwe-Adamson, the club night promises to ‘offer solace and relief through music, dance and collectively letting go’. A mash-up of Carnival and Pride, Queer Bruk is perfect for all the LGBTQ+ people of colour looking to catch a whine to some dancehall and afrobeats.
London’s favourite – and currently only – queer Bollywood night, Hungama, blends hip hop, Indian culture and snippets of vintage and contemporary Bollywood. The event serves as a love letter to the queer South Asian diaspora who grew up in the UK. And with a name that roughly translates as ‘commotion’ in Urdu, you can expect nothing less from this powerful celebration of London’s LGBTQ+ South Asians.
Headed up by DJs GIN and Mica Coca, Nite Dykez is a new monthly night for LGBTQ+ women. A space that prioritises people of colour, women, trans and non-binary people, the night was born out of wanting more from the queer women’s nightlife scene. Expect playful and eclectic sets, booming house and disco classics and lots of sweaty bodies hitting the dance floor into the early hours of the morning.
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