Kitcheners' Pussy Party and how it tried to create a safe space for queers

12 January 2018
Who throws a party midweek in January? Kitcheners in Braamfontein. But this wasn't any old regular party; this was billed as a safe space for queer people and girls.
 
For some context, Kitch has come under fire of late for attracting a seemingly unwelcoming cishet crowd. Pussy Party is the carvery bar's answer to this.
 
On Wednesday night, Kitch's innermost dancefloor area was cordoned off for Pussy Party. General entrance into the venue would set you back 100 bucks but if you identified as queer or female, you got in for half the price and got a red heart drawn on your arm which gave you access to the secure queer safe space.
 
Inside, you got to lose your morals to the sounds of DJ Esskay, Bujin Bujee, Lelowhatsgood, Olwee, Phatstoki, and Rosie Parade. The floor was literally shaking throughout the night as everyone in the room just let go and had a genuinely good time. Most people left at around 2am. On a Wednesday night. In January. 
 
Pussy Party in and of itself is not a bad idea at all. Joburg is a great city but it's notorious for its violence against everyone - especially girls and queers. But it raises even more questions than it maybe answers. Is it safe if you have to cordon it off? Or is it safe because you have cordon it off?
 
If for nothing else, go for the music and for the people. You'll run into a lot of Twitter huns and find yourself just having a good time and making beautiful memories.
 
Rifumo Mdaka
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