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VIQ: A Queer Dinner Party: An Exploration of Gatsby Era Queerness

For the last 17 years, I’ve worked in the queer world in one capacity or another. From my current work in media and advocacy to curating events and activism – I’ve cultivated relationships with thousands of queer people worldwide over the years. 

What have I learned? 

Queer women are losing our spaces, not because of a lack of interest or desire to come together as a community but because we lack the advertorial and venture capital opportunities that others are able to secure. 

I’m constantly hit with this duality of brands, professional associations, and events teams telling me that queer women don’t show up, aren’t interested in supporting the community, and have no money despite statistical evidence to the contrary. While simultaneously listening to the roar of our community begging for investment, opportunities, and support. 

Enough is enough. Queer women deserve spaces for us to dance, celebrate, flirt, mourn, and build community. We deserve opportunities to learn and grow and build our own empires. And yes, queer women deserve access to luxury built for us and by us. 

This is why I started EveryQueer’s VIQ: A Queer Dinner Party. On July 30, 2022, at Beauty & Essex in New York City, 100 queers celebrated 100 years of the Great Gatsby. 

I want to thank our sponsor Maroma, A Belmond Hotel, and remind you that EveryQueer will be hosting a 4-day group trip to Maroma in August of 2023. Stay tuned for details. 

I’d also like to thank Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton, The International LGBTQ+ Travel Association, R Family Vacations, & The Tao Group for their generous support. 

This will not be EveryQueer’s last event. We’re intentionally building something unique. Yes VIQ is a chance for us to come together, dress up, eat delicious food, and celebrate. But it’s also an opportunity for us to prove the critics wrong. Queer women do want high-quality, thoughtfully curated opportunities to connect and we’re willing to build them ourselves.


EveryQueer, Founder // CEO 

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