Today we’d like to introduce you to Anthony Plogger.
Hi Anthony, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Outside of Nclusion Plus, I am an educator. I am a Middle School Social Studies teacher. I love that by day, I am educating young minds about where our history has been and how we got to where we are today.
With Nclusion Plus, I am not only a Co-Founder of Nclusion Plus but also the Director of Club Content. Through my role in Nclusion I book entertainers, create the shows, find new and recurring locations and so much more. I am proud of what I do because I can provide safe spaces for our entertainers.
I think being an educator and event planner really hones in on my skills and allows me to do two things I love and enjoy doing as a professional, an educator, and a member of the queer community.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Like any business, it has had its ups and downs. We have experienced successes and failures which is part of every journey.
I would say our successes have made us grateful for the journey and opportunities we have been provided while our failures have allowed us to grow and become a better organization for our LGBTQIA+ communities.
The struggles have varied, but like every business, we have persevered as a group to ensure we are providing the best and safest entertainment for our customers.
Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Nclusion Plus was created after our local drag bar, Yin Yang Nightclub closed due to COVID-19.
We were regulars of the club and it really took a personal toll on our ability to have a safe space where we could come together, be safe and have fun as a community.
We contacted a few entertainers we knew and wanted to have a pop-up drag show which we hosted on Facebook Live (this was in the heart of the pandemic where we had to follow strict COVID protocols.
After receiving 15,000 views on our first video, we worked as a group of friends (now business partners) to bring pop-up LGBTQIA+ entertainment such as drag, burlesque, weddings, and more to areas in need.
What started in a 1000 square foot office space and a digital camera has grown to 200+ entertainers, close to 50 pop-up locations, and entertainment that has popped up across the state in locations that have never had access to drag before.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Please check out where Nclusion Plus is popping up next by catching our social media at Nclusion Plus on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, TikTok, and YouTube.
We hope to see you at an upcoming event where you are safe and valued as a member of the queer community or an ally.
- Website: NclusionPlus.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/nclusionplus/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nclusionplus
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/NclusionPlus
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCpz6pA6ktexbiXf2t5h2w1Q
- Other: https://www.tiktok.com/@nclusionplus
Heidi Naomi, Aria, Bella Rose, Alexandria Evangelista, and Nclusion Plus