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  Artwork by    Marina Anselmi

Artwork by Marina Anselmi

100% of all funds raised through personal donations and business sponsorships will go directly toward paying the exclusively LGBTQ+ artists performing throughout the festival! ***Online donations should specify “Live Out Fest” in the comments/notes***

October 11, 12, 13 | Hamtramck, MI 
Ant Hall | Ghost Light Hamtramck | Planet Ant Black Box

Planet Ant Presents 

live out fest

A Celebration of lgbtq+ identity & freedom

Kicking off on National Coming Out Day, Live Out Fest is a tribute to the healing, liberating, revolutionary power of art to the LGBTQ+ community. Featuring the World Premiere of “Not In My House," a collaboration between Kristi Faulkner Dance & Ruth Ellis Center: original live performance blending the aesthetics of vogue and contemporary dance to explore LGBTQ identity and challenge gender norms though the creative re-imagining of our coming out stories. Live Out seeks to bring the local community together from all corners of metro Detroit to celebrate and connect with each other through our collective commitment to standing in our truth and consciously live out our most beautiful, authentic, queer selves — expressed through the creation and integration of art in all its forms. 

Featuring dance, music, spoken-word poetry, performance art, comedy, burlesque, and more from local artists and creatives in the LGBTQ+ community. 

LGBTQ+ identifying artists, musicians, and performers interested in submitting their act to the festival are invited to email Please include detailed description of your band/act/piece of work, as well as any relevant samples. 


The connecting thread throughout the three days of the festival will be a nightly performance of Not In My House: “Not in My House” references the protective structure of families, known as houses within the vogue community, which represent belonging, security, and often replace biological families who disown LGBTQ youth. It is within these chosen families that LGBTQ youth learn to navigate the challenges of living in a world that often judges, fears, hurts, and very often harms LGBTQ individuals simply because of who they are.  "Not in My House" is built on the premise that by sharing our stories, we create a world in which identity and difference can unite, rather than divide. This multi-year collaboration has resulted in the creation of this original live performance blending the aesthetics of vogue and contemporary dance to explore LGBTQ identity and challenge gender norms though the creative re-imagining of our coming out stories. Comprised entirely of artists who identify as LGBTQ, "Not in My House" radically shifts the narrative about LGBTQ identity by placing the power in the hands of those who can tell their own stories with authenticity. "Not in My House" seeks to inspire and empower LGBTQ youth to live their truth by providing representation of queer voices, specifically queer voices of color, in a society that often silences and marginalizes those voices; a collaboration between Kristi Faulkner Dance and the Ruth Ellis Center to engage and inspire LGBTQ youth and the Detroit community through performance and storytelling.

Not In My House runs approximately 60 minutes and will perform Thursday and Friday at 8pm and Saturday at 9pm, with carefully curated programming leading up to and following each performance.



Detroit’s only comedy showcase featuring exclusively women & LGBTQ+ performers!


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Featuring performers from Planet Ant’s monthly drag/burlesque show, “Gender Bender” & members of the Not In My House cast!

saturday | october 13 | 3—4p

Learn the basics of this exquisite form with voguing pro, Paige Michaels Chanel!

Paige will be appearing in the Not In My House Premiere at Live Out Fest as well as performing during the Friday night Gender Bender Drag/Burlesque Variety Show at Live Out Fest | Planet Ant