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The sounds of drag racing emanate from Washington Square Park today — high-pitched squeals and giggles, not roaring engines. Foot races in flats and 3-inch (and higher) heels are among the festivities planned for Midwest QueerFest: A Celebration of Activism for the Anniversary of Stonewall. Presented by the organization Empowering Queer Activists and Leaders, the festival is timed to mark the anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall riots (the beginning of the gay-rights movement). Midwest QueerFest is, as its Facebook page says, a “free, non-corporate event that rejects commodification of queer identity.” Nonprofit groups serving the LGBT community and related causes share information with attendees through interactive booths. The B’Dinas, Cuntaloupe and various other local musical outfits are slated to perform. Attendees are encouraged to bring picnic dinners. The alcohol-free event lasts from 3 to 10:30 p.m. Washington Square Park is located near Crown Center, on Pershing Road between Main and Grand. For more information, see equalcenter
.org and click on Programs.

Sat., July 2, 3-10:30 p.m., 2011