Creepin’ It Burly (CIB) is an Indianapolis-based drag and burlesque troupe formed by Dorothy Dagger and Hex Addiction. This troupe was formed in March 2020 during quarantine after Dagger wanted more out of a home-based troupe than they were getting from their previous one.

“I reached out to Hex and suggested we start a new troupe together,” Dagger explained.

Bringing together drag and burlesque, the two asked a few of their favorite performers with homes to join them.

“We started out with roughly ten people,” Dagger said. “CIB put on virtual shows through Zoom and we’ve been going ever since.”

Since their first show back in July 2020 at Do It Different Fitness studio, who is also the troupe’s current sponsor, and with influencers like Katie Angel of Angel Burlesque who has always encouraged people of all shapes, sizes and colors to ‘do the damn thing and not look back,’ the troupe has shown that there are no limitations on what can be sexy and fun.

“We really want everyone to know that all things can be sexy, fun and attractive even the weird, creepy and scary,” Dagger explained. “CIB is a home for all the misfits in Indy that others might look down on their art. We embrace and celebrate it.”

Burlesque and drag goes beyond entertainment for masses. It’s deeper knowing that there is this otherworldly freedom to explore each time. A chance to reinvent. A chance to express yourself in ways society may deem incorrect. Each individual who graces a stage is artistry in motion.

“It’s a way of self-expression and uniqueness,” Dagger said. “It’s whatever the performer wants it to be, and to me that’s beautiful.”

While there is this excitement to exploring, for some it may be intimidating. Some might not know where or how to start. That’s the thing, you won’t know until you take the first step and Dagger has these same sentiments.

“Just do it, get there and do it,” Dagger stated. “Find a mentor if you have to, go to shows and meet people, ask a lot of questions! The best things in life make us uncomfortable.”

CIB performs at the Melody Inn here in Indianapolis on the last Sunday of each month and will be back at Do It Different Fitness and also can be found at different conventions throughout the year.

CIB Members

Vanity Rex is the abomination creeping up in all your sex dreams. A creation somewhere between The Babadook and Dolly Parton. A proud member of the hauses of Stoner and Gomorrah as well as Creepin It Burly.

Bruce Banger has decided that 2021 is the year he will come crashing into the drag and burlesque community. He went from fan, to kitten, to guest performer, and he is stoked to have found a home as an official member of Creepin it Burly. Is he cute? Is he crazy? Is he sexy? The hell if he knows, but he's excited to bring his hot boy shit, his dork side, and his passion for dance, acro, and entertainment to a stage near you!

Johnnee Crash (pronouns: they/them) is an up-and-coming drag performer and the newest member of the Indianapolis-based Creepin’ it Burly troupe. You never know what to expect from them, so buckle up babies!

The sultry lady of dance and multi-faceted goodness, the energetic beats and rhythmic feats that Chief Kweef has to bring to the stage is always guaranteed to get a crowd pumped and interested. She’s nice until she’s not, she’s hot and ready to trot, if Chief asks you to dance, she’s not asking you, she’s TELLING you.

Insolente Blue came into being after a coven of witches kicked her out due to her snark. She's a member of Creepin' It Burly since the beginning and loves being with such an amazing group. She's the go to for a mix of tits, ass, tattoos, and sass!

Hex Addiction! Co-founder and Graphic Artist of Creepin’ It Burly, and member of Project X Burlesque! Hex is known best for making you feel “some-type-of-way” about traditionally non-sexy characters! Beloved storybook figures, anime villains, grotesque movie monsters…you name it! Hex will find a way to ruin everything you love, and have you thanking them for it in the end! Come experience the blessing (and curse) that is Hex Addiction!

Maurice Mantini is an entertainment dynamo with high libido and higher cholesterol. When he is around, a good time is guaranteed to be had by all...except maybe his ex-wives, which is really more their problem than his. He dances, he hosts, he cracks jokes, and he looks good doing it.

Sweet and spicy, leather and lace, mess up, and she'll kick you in the f***ing face. A living chameleon, Eden Sitayu will change outfits in a show to the point that you can only recognize her by her glorious ass. Co-producer of Creepin It Burly, drag artist, Burlesque, Aerialist and peddler of smut. You can see her and her amazing troupe the last Sunday of each month at the Melody Inn, and soon back at DiD Fit Studios!

It's ya boy, Skinny Packer! Skinny Packer, AKA Indy's Meme King, is a drag king from Indianapolis. A proud member of Creepin' it Burly, as well as the Haus of Gomorrah, Skinny uses comedy and burlesque onstage to enchant and amuse his audiences. Come for the laughs, and leave falling in love with Skinny Packer.

Bella Bewitched first took the stage to ROCK your socks off in 2020. Sexy, sweet, but a little dangerous, Bella will bewitch you by moonlight, all night.

Co-founder of Creepin’ it Burly, Dorothy Dagger gets their kicks from horror and gore. A perfect combination of blood and glitter, Dorothy brings imaginative figures to life before your eyes - even the scary ones.

Vendella Nightshade is a performer of all trades. From aerial and circus arts, to floorwork and burlesque, this performer goes for it all. Vendella has performed all over Indy and wants to continue to bring her art form to the locals! Vendella enjoys anime, conventions, cosplaying, and managing the aerial studio DID FIT. Come check out a Creepin It Burly show to see what this vixen has to offer!

Emma Snake is Indiana’s premiere serpentine queen. She is a proud member of Indianapolis’s own Haus of Stoner and loves to bring her bearded flare to any stage that will have her. She has been performing for around 3 years and has shaped herself into a snake with many skins. Sultry, silly and seductive, Emma Snake is sure to bring it to the stage every time you see her.

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LGBTQ+ Healthcare Issues

The Dobbs decision, otherwise known as the court case that overturned Roe v. Wade, has resulted in confusing medical situations for many patients. On top of affecting access to abortions for straight, cisgender women, it presents heightened risks for LGBTQ+ healthcare as a whole. Flipping the switch on reproductive rights and privacy rights is a far-reaching act that makes quality care harder to find for an already underserved community.

As the fight against the Dobbs decision continues, it’s important to shed light on the full breadth of its impact. We’ll discuss specific ways that the decision can affect LGBTQ+ healthcare and offer strategies for overcoming these challenges.

How the Right to Bodily Privacy Affects LGBTQ+ Healthcare

When the original Roe v. Wade decision was made, the bodily privacy of people across the United States was protected. Now that bodily autonomy is no longer guaranteed, the LGBTQ+ community must brace itself for a potential loss of healthcare rights beyond abortions. This includes services like feminizing and masculinizing hormone therapy (particularly for transgender youth) that conservative lawmakers have been fighting against this year, as well as transition-related procedures. Without privacy, gender-affirming care may be difficult to access without documentation of sex as “proof” of gender.

As essential services for the LGBTQ+ community become more difficult to access, perhaps the most immediate effect we’ll see is eroding trust between healthcare providers and LGBTQ+ patients. When providers aren’t working in the best interest of patients — just like in cases of children and rape victims denied abortions — patients may further avoid preventative care in a community that already faces discrimination in doctor’s offices.

The Dobbs Decision Isn’t Just a Women’s Issue

While the Dobbs decision is often framed as a women's issue — specifically, one that affects cisgender women — it impacts the transgender and non-binary community just as much. All people who are capable of carrying a pregnancy to term have lost at least some ability to choose whether or not to give birth in the U.S.

For transgender and non-binary individuals, this decision comes with the added complexity of body dysmorphia. Without abortion rights, pregnant trans men and some non-binary people may be forced to see their bodies change, and be treated as women by healthcare providers and society as a result.

The Dobbs decision also opens up the possibility for government bodies to determine when life begins — and perhaps even to add legal protections for zygotes and embryos. This puts contraceptives at risk, which could make it more difficult to access gender-affirming care while getting the right contraceptives based on sex for LGBTQ+ individuals.

Overturning Reproductive Rights Puts IVF at Risk

Queer couples that dream of having their own children often have limited options beyond adoption. One such option is in vitro fertilization, or IVF, which involves implanting a fertilized egg into a uterus.

While IVF isn’t directly affected by the Dobbs decision, it could fall into a legal gray area depending on when states determine that life begins. Texas, for example, is already barring abortions as early as six weeks. To reduce embryo destruction, which often occurs when patients no longer want more children, limits could be placed on the number of eggs that can be frozen at once.

Any restrictions on IVF will also affect the availability of surrogacy as an option for building a family.

How Can LGBTQ+ Individuals Overcome Healthcare Barriers?

While the Dobbs decision may primarily impact abortion rights today, its potential to worsen LGBTQ+ healthcare as a whole is jarring. So how can the community be prepared?

If you’re struggling to find LGBTQ+-friendly providers near you, using telemedicine now can be an incredibly effective way to start developing strong relationships with far-away healthcare professionals. Telemedicine eliminates the barrier of geography and can be especially helpful for accessing inclusive primary care and therapy. Be sure to check if your insurance provider covers telemedicine.

If you’re seriously concerned about healthcare access in your area — especially if the Dobbs decision affects your whole state or you need regular in-person services that may be at risk — it may be time to consider moving now. While not everyone has the privilege to do so, relocating gives you the ability to settle in areas where lawmakers better serve your needs. However, this decision shouldn’t be taken lightly, so preparing and making progress on a moving checklist now can help you avoid issues later.

The Dobbs Decision Isn’t LGBTQ+-Friendly

The Supreme Court of the United States has proven the power of its conservative majority with the overturning of Roe v. Wade. However, the effects of the Dobbs decision don’t stop at affecting cisgender women’s abortion rights. In states with bans, it also leads to forced birth for trans men and non-binary individuals. Plus, the Dobbs decision increases the risk of other rights, like hormone therapy and IVF, being taken away.

Taking steps now, whether it’s choosing a virtual provider or considering a move, can help you improve your healthcare situation in the future.