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Fun Freaky People

Mistress LunaSea and sons, photo by Kareem Black for Maxim

Fun Freaky People is Mistress LunaSea's brainchild. Here she is with her two sons in a photo taken by Kareem Black for the January 06 issue of Maxim. Channeling her formidable talent for nurturing community, she saw a need in Charlotte and decided to do something about it. She created a social network that meets weekly in Charlotte and extends all over the world online. Here's what it's all about, in her own words.

"I started Fun Freaky People in February 2003 after ending a long term relationship due to our lack of mutual interests. I felt a great void of colorful, creative, artistic people in my life. The first group of people came from the witch community and also included some local filmmakers. We met at The Pewter Rose and later moved next door to Tutto Mundo. Soon people from the BDSM/fetish community as well as dancers and band members came to network with other creative people. A Yahoo group was started after that so that others with events going on out of state or even out of the country could promote themselves. We have members all over the country and in Europe that make posts from time to time letting us know of their events. It works for me since I travel as often as possible to events out of Charlotte.

I've always loved to dress up, and my Monday night events give me a platform for expressing my inner drag queen. As time went on we felt less welcome by the bartender at Tuttos and were offered to come to a new place downtown called Corabell's. We stayed there until we were told that the investors were not happy with our behavior and that we needed to take our photos down from my Yahoo group that showed their restaurant. So I did, and we moved to The Steeple. That was a short-lived location for us because the existing crowd did not mix well with ours. The Steeple is the only place we were told to leave. Thomas Street Tavern was the next place we went because we had some members who said we'd be welcome there, but management didn't seem to share that point of view. The manager approached me and told me that the patrons and staff were uncomfortable with us and that a theme night wasn't welcome there. Jeff's Bucket Shop invited us to come over and be ourselves. We've remained there ever since. It's been a good move since we can do whatever we want on Monday nights. The only down side is that it isn't as classy as Tutto Mundo, it's very small and smoky with no deck. But overall, it's been a good location for us with them having a stage and sound equipment that we can use. And most of all, we're welcome to be our fun freaky selves."

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