Vote for me for Best Burlesque Dancer in the Blade’s Best of Gay DC!

Vote for me for Best Burlesque Dancer in the Blade’s Best of Gay DC!

A few simple words can make your whole month: “Hey, I just wanted to give you a head’s up that you’ve been nominated in the category of Best Burlesque Dancer  for the Washington Blade‘s ‘Best of Gay DC’ this year!” Not gonna lie: I did a wiggly little dance in my chair the day I found out. It was like waiting for Santa Claus as the days passed between that conversation and the day the voting actually opened, but it’s here, and you can vote for me every day from now through October 3rd! The nomination really was a surprise to me. I have no idea who nominated me (but thank you for it!) and I actually hadn’t realized that Best Burlesque Dancer, which is a new category this year, had actually been added. Plus, I’m still pretty new to the burlesque community and it wouldn’t have occurred to me that I could be honored like this so relatively early in this part of my performing career. But this also confirms my feeling that the LGBTQ community is the home where I hang my heart as a burly girl. I made my debut with the DC Gurly Show, the capital’s only queer burlesque troupe, and immediately fell in love with the Phase 1 audience, who are some of the most loyal and vocal and loving fans a troupe could hope to have. I hadn’t really been in queer space for a while before that, and I realized how much I missed it. Burlesque, it turned out, wasn’t just the performance art I’d been longing to do for years– it was...