As Zuesdays gained a cult following for being the only weekly queer night in town, the term "queer" got taken off the flyers to shift focus to a no-pressure space for anyone looking to dance. Zuesdays have drawn some of Boston's best DJs as well as national players, and the only door policy in place is "the awesome rule," as coined by bartender Niani Campbell — be awesome, and if you're not, you're not welcome.

"I want people to come and feel safe, to feel like they can come mix and mingle with heterosexual people, transgender people, queer people, everybody," says Leah. "If a description says 'gay-friendly', then it indicates that maybe [a venue's] other nights aren't gay-friendly. I hate the word 'gay-friendly,' or anything-friendly . . . just be friendly!"

That attitude extends to her cohort in Boston nightlife. Leah's looking to show pride in local talent by working on an all-local mixtape that would represent Boston hip-hop artists such as Natural, Dutch Rebelle, and Moe Pope, and indie acts like Casey Desmond, Bodega Girls, and Viva Viva. "I think that right there is putting all of this positivity into practice," she says. "I'd rather be proud to be united."

DJ LEAHV: WORK! | ZuZu, 474 Mass Ave, Cambridge | March 27 @ 10 pm | 21+ | Free | 617.864.3278

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