Nadine Artois, Pxssy Palace co-founder
Inclusive club night Pxssy Palace has just celebrated its third birthday – and it all started with a house party. Founders and best pals Nadine Artois and Syke Barr were frustrated with clubbing. ‘We were always having to sacrifice something for a night out,’ says Artois. ‘So we partied at home where we felt safe, in control, could choose the music and dress in whatever.’
The parties got so popular that the pair started putting on club nights, but taking the party out of the safety of their house proved tricky. ‘We didn’t know how to keep the same control we had in the house,’ says Artois. ‘I was harassed at Pxssy Palace’s second party. That’s when we started envisioning what we wanted the party to be.’ Over the last three years the night has evolved, and this year it started offering free cabs for trans-feminine people of colour, to make sure they got home safely after a night out. Money is raised through donations, fundraisers and cloakroom proceeds: it’s been so successful that they’ve opened it up to help more people.
Pxssy Palace has helped Artois feel good about her own identity too. ‘I felt a lot of shame attached to being brown and queer,’ she says. ‘Through Pxssy Palace I found a community that helped me feel proud of who I am.’
It’s proof that Pxssy Palace is way more than a club night. ‘Our community should be able to explore their gender and sexuality in a loving environment,’ says Artois. ‘There’s no reason why the dancefloor can’t be educational.’
Nominated by: Cassie Leon of Cocoa Butter Club
‘Nadine doesn’t just throw a great party, she tackles the unjust treatment of QTIPOC [queer, transgender and intersex people of colour] and makes their voices heard.’