The Out of the Closet fashion show and fundraiser took place March 13 on a waterfront runway between Mallory Square and Opal Key Resort. 

Fourteen models hit the runway wearing “tropical glam” styles tailored to each model by Kirby Myers, owner of Kirby’s Closet boutique, which provided the wardrobes. 

Musical performances by Jessica Wachs and the Junior Junkanoos were followed by beats by DJ Sanaris. 

The event raised $10,765, which will be used toward “building out our community space for our grand opening on May 17 at 1100 Truman,” said Queer Keys cofounder Chris McNulty. “It will also be used to expand our current programs and services once we open.”

The nonprofit Queer Keys’ mission, its website says, is to “support, educate, empower and celebrate the queer community of the Florida Keys through youth programming, trans and nonbinary health care, and an up-and-coming community center.”

The nonprofit Queer Keys teams up with local boutique Kirby’s Closet to present the Out of the Closet fashion show on March 13 to raise money for Queer Keys’ upcoming community center at 1100 Truman Ave. CASSANDRA-M PHOTOGRAPHY/Contributed
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