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Techno Legend DJ Minx On The Homophobia She Experienced in Detroit & Coming Out As Gay: ‘I Was Stressed The Hell Out’

Written by on June 30, 2021

27 days ago, DJ Minx changed her life with an Instagram post.

The Detroit techno legend — who’s been active in the scene since the early ’90s — had been thinking of what to write in her caption for months. Ultimately, on June 2, 2021, she got a big message through in an economical nine sentences, which most crucially included: “People suffer from emotional anxiety at the mere thought of ‘coming out,’ but the stress of not doing so is taking up WAY too much of my space and is shaking my energy to the core. So here I am. Minx, DJ, producer, Momma, partner, lesbian, friend.”

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With the press of a “share” button, the artist born Jennifer Witcher revealed her true self to the world, using Pride 2021 as the impetus and receiving a flood of support from friends, fans and fellow artists in the process.

This big life moment continued a few days later, when Minx was featured as part of a national Spotify Pride campaign also including Hayley Kiyoko, Big Freedia, MUNA and more. For the campaign each artist curated a Spotify playlist featuring LGBTQ+ artists and allies from their hometown and were also featured in a mural in that same city. Via a mural by the Philadelphia-based artist ggggrimes, Minx’s face now graces the side of Detroit’s Ruth Ellis Center, which creates community and provides trauma-informed services for LGBTQ+ youth and young adults of colour.

To put an exclamation point on a banner month, today (June 29) Minx is releasing her latest track, “Purse First.” A spare, bouncy song whose title was inspired by Bob The Drag Queen, the season eight winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race. “He always spoke about always being elegant in any situation, and you should always enter a room ‘purse first,'” Minx says of this homage. “I’m all about being classy, so thought the title was fitting.” All proceeds from the track benefit the Ruth Ellis Center.

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On the tail end of her massive Pride month, DJ Minx here talks about summoning the courage to come out, why the homophobia she experienced in Detroit kept her from doing so, and the overwhelming support she’s received in the wake of her IG post.

I’m intrigued by you saying that the pressure of not coming out was taking up too much of your space. Had this always been the case, or had the anxiety of being closeted become more acute more recently?

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