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Drag #Out at Gramps Is Gender-Bending Fun for Gays and Straights Alike

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Ladies, let's get real. Going out is awesome, but those heels are fucking awful. Don't you wish there wasn't so much expectation to get so covered in make-up and squeeze into that tight dress every time you want to get your drink on?

Some of us love fussing over our ladylike appearance, but some of us feel actually quite trapped. It's time to break free and Drag #Out. This Friday at Gramps, Pandora Events and #Out Miami are giving everyone, regardless of gender or sexual identity, a chance to just be their damn selves, get drunk, and dance.

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"The whole purpose of doing this Drag #Out event was to do a gender-bender, gender identity expression thing, let people come dressed however they want," says Pandora Events leader Melissa Rodriguez. They started as a means to organize large, glamorous events for an under-served lesbian community.

"Girls prefer to be a little bit more androgynous, but they come to some of our events and they feel the need to dress up. Some of them are even uncomfortable," she says. "After this whole Ruby Rose video came out, we got the idea to do a Drag #Out."

"Break Free" is a short film/music video described on YouTube as "what it is like to have an identity that deviates from the status quo." It's a powerful image, and it drives home the idea that Drag #Out stands to uphold: Be whoever you are and don't worry about it.

"There's no actual costume or gimmicks," Rodriguez says. "It's not a dress requirement. It's just come as you are."

Now, don't go thinking you can't come if you're just a straight girl who likes being girlie, or a manly man who likes the ladies.

"Also, the purpose behind it was to combine the communities together, the lesbians with the gay boys and even the straight community. Just bring everybody together to hang out and be you," she says. "I feel like you've got boy parties and then you've got the girl parties. I just think that it would be fun to just have everyone together. It doesn't matter; boy, girl, gay, straight, lesbian. It doesn't really matter."

That changing, accepting climate is great news for everybody. At the end of the day, we all just want to have fun.

"The scene is not the same as it used to be. It's not as 'oh my god, we only have one or two places to go to," Rodriguez says. "Now that we have Wood and places that cater to that whole hipster vibe that 'all are welcome,' it doesn't matter."

Besides the fun of dressing up, guests can look forward to killer DJ sets from Bonnie Beats and Carli Nicholas, plus $5 penicillin cocktail specials and free gifts from the Wheel #Out Fortune. Just spin the wheel for you chance to grab t-shirts, a free bottle, or even tickets to see Lilly Allen or Erasure at the Fillmore Miami Beach.

"We're looking forward to seeing the diversity in the crowd. I'm looking forward to seeing how many people do suit up, as far as take a moment like 'let me see what I'm going to wear to express myself,'" she says. "I still don't know what I'm going to wear. I'm debating whether I'm wearing a dress or a suit, I have no idea. I might wear a dress because it's too hot to even wear a suit"

Pandora Events and #Out Miami present Drag #Out, Friday, August 29, at Gramps Bar, 176 NW 24th St., Wynwood. Everyone ages 21 and up are welcome. The party starts at 10 p.m., and cover is $5. Call 786-752-6693 or visit pandoraevents.com.

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