The sixth annual Cirque du SoGay rode around Minneapolis over the weekend, and people came out in things like wigs and witch hats to celebrate the queer cycling community.
We caught up with Cirque du SoGay's ringleader and the riders to talk about the event as they geared up at Freewheel Midtown Bike Center before hitting the road on this year's arts-and-crafts-themed adventure through the city.
Cirque du SoGay is a safe space for "queer-identified people to come together and ride as a community," says EG Nelson, the ringleader of the ride. The annual event grew from a love of cycling and community into an opportunity to teach riders about local LGBTQ resources available throughout the Twin Cities.
"We started [Cirque du SoGay] by joining up with the Critical Mass rides and those kinds of things," Nelson explains. "We thought, 'Wouldn't it be really nice to have a ride where a whole bunch of queer people are coming out of the woodwork and riding around in crazy outfits and stuff?'"
This year, riders went to some of the Twin Cities' most queer-friendly and sex-positive spaces on a two-wheeled scavenger hunt and alley-cat race. Stops included the Muffin Top Cafe and the Smitten Kitten, where folks could get in on the day's arts-and-crafts theme by making some killer pasties. Afterward, riders congregated at Sunrise Cyclery to celebrate, distribute awards from the race, and have an awesome dance party.
Find out more about Cirque du SoGay 2014 from Nelson and rider Jesus Estrada-Perez in our video below:
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