By Megan Matthews
In need of a wardrobe refresher? The Division Avenue Arts Collective (DAAC) is hosting a free Queer Clothing swap event from 7-9 p.m. Feb. 24 at the DAAC, 1553 Plainfield Ave NE, Unit 4, in Grand Rapids.
Participants are encouraged to come by to pick up new gender-affirming clothing, accessories, and makeup, or just to donate. However, donations are not required to participate.
“A queer clothing swap provides a safe and supportive environment for LGBTQIA+ individuals to access clothing that aligns with their chosen gender expression,” said event organizer and DAAC volunteer Mika Reed. “There are barriers to this in many people’s daily experience such as a safe space or money. I believe creating a space for this type of event connects resources with needs and builds positive relationships.”
Those attending the event can expect to see an entry area set up for seating and refreshments. Then there will be spaces for donated items, clothing, accessories, makeup, and more. In addition to this, there will be two all-gender bathrooms with mirrors/benches for trying on new styles.
Those interested in donating can do so between 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is also a separate “Really Really Free Market” event going on, so participants are encouraged to let the volunteer know if the items being dropped off are specifically for the Queer Clothing Swap event.
In addition to this, make sure donations are in good condition and freshly laundered. Any un-swapped items will be donated to local organizations that support those in need.
“I would encourage the community to donate or participate to show support to the LGBTQIA+ community,” Reed said. “This is an opportunity to help individuals feel more confident and authentic in how they show up in the world.”
Visit https://thedaac.org/ for more information about the Queer Clothing Swap and other upcoming events.