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DC Gurly Show Queer burlesque opens the stage to all genders and orientations

For nine years, the DC Gurly Show has been titillating audiences with its sultry performances around town. But unlike some burlesque shows, which feature mostly straight women stripping for straight men’s enjoyment, the Gurlys welcome performers of all genders and orientations: straight, gay, queer, trans, cis—all dressed (or undressed) to kill at Barracks Row’s Phase 1. Since Kitty Victorian, who is now retired, founded the troupe in 2005, it’s grown into the largest LGBTQ burlesque troupe in the nation and keeps expanding every year with the addition of ApprenTits, performers-in-training mentored by troupe members. To really mix up gender roles, the Gurlys also collaborate with the DC Kings, a drag king show that’s entertained D.C. audiences since 2000. The art of taking ones clothes off in public is tricky, but with the ever-enthusiastic Gurlys, the space to do it is safe.

Correction: Due to a reporting error, this article originally identified the wrong person as the founder of the DC Gurly Show.

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