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Condomania

Rubbers for a cause, but make it fashion By Mike Fleming

WHEN MODELS STRUT THE RUNWAYS IN COLORFUL, masquearade-themed looks this weekend, they do so to benefit Planned Parenthood Southeast. The organization is on the front lines of its ongoing efforts against Georgia’s anti-abortion law and the anti-woman stances of the Trump/Pence administration, and to provide safe and affirming healthcare to women around the state. Style and sister support would make the event worth a mention on their own, but when each and every look is made of condoms promoting safe sex, the queer-inclusive designers and models are of every shape and size, and one of the performers is by Atlanta’s own drag fave Nicole Paige Brooks, we are all in.

EVENTS Q

WHERE: Westside Cultural Arts Center 760 10th Street NW WHO: You in festive attire of course. But in addition to Nicole Paige Brooks on stage, look for designs by 14 LGBTQ-inclusive artists, including transgender gadabout and drag performer Mo’Dest Volgare on the runway.

The queers just keep on coming as femme burlesque goddess Royal Tee works the crowd. Comedian Annie Lockwood is in the house, too.

It’s like the ultimate unconventional materials challenge, and the underlying messages are just clear, says Cathleen Madrona, co-founder of Condom Couture. “Our ‘why’ is to spark a dialogue on the importance of Planned Parenthood care in our community, to promote body inclusivity and sex positivity, and to protect human rights,” Madrona says. “Condom Couture ATL is an opportunity to creatively present condoms in an inclusive social event.” To that end, photos on this page hint at the fun, plus here are five fast facts. WHAT: More than 1,000 condoms went into designing spectacular garments on a carnival/masquerade-themed runway. WHEN: Saturday, November 9, 8 p.m.

Photos by Scott Clinton

WHY: Because in tough times, it’s all about intersectional support, and we have to stick together.

Find Condom Couture ATL on Facebook, Instagram and at their website condomcoutureatl.com theQatl.com

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Profile for Q Magazine Atlanta

Q Magazine Atlanta | November 7, 2019  

Adah Duval of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Teach for America’s LGBTQ initiative, Tom Goss, Condom Couture ATL, icons of Queer Atlanta past,...

Q Magazine Atlanta | November 7, 2019  

Adah Duval of Atlanta Bicycle Coalition and Teach for America’s LGBTQ initiative, Tom Goss, Condom Couture ATL, icons of Queer Atlanta past,...