When Sky Casper returned home to Connecticut, he knew he had the grit to revamp the LGBTQ+ scene – and that the state had the potential to be a vibrant hot spot for the community. Now, he’s managing talent, producing popular drag shows, and more throughout Connecticut.
I grew up in West Hartford and I saw so much potential in the area. After living in New York City for a while, I returned inspired to bring my excitement home to Connecticut.
Today, I’m an LGBTQ+ events producer, promoter, entertainment booking agent and manager. I’ve been producing my live-singing Pink Eggs & Glam drag brunch all around Connecticut since 2015, and later I started producing comedy shows and pride festivals, expanding out of the state. In 2018 I started managing talent, beginning with the incredible host of Drag Race Thailand, Pangina Heals!
I started my events here because I felt there was a need for a fun and different way to introduce people to queer culture and talent. Connecticut has a rich arts history and a very forward-thinking mindset, but I saw a gap for the younger, LGBTQ+ demographic. Now I get to fill that gap with fun, queer energy!
I think that most people my age consider Connecticut a place you move away from. But I feel like Connecticut is always evolving. The younger generation is bringing new and exciting things to the state, and I am certainly trying to do my part.
Some of my favorite eateries include Toro Taberna in West Hartford, where they do Spanish tapas, and some of my drag shows; The Flying Monkey on the Berlin Turnpike, which has a friendly vibe; and Blue Elephant Trail in West Hartford Center for Thai. The Place 2 Be in Hartford and West Hartford has fab drinks, a great staff, and a cool atmosphere. I’m just starting to produce shows there and I think it is going to be a fierce addition to Hartford’s nightlife. Last, but not least, I love supporting my friends at Hartford’s only LGBTQ+ restaurant and bar, the legendary Chez Est.
Connecticut is on the up! There are plenty of respected colleges and universities in our state and so many ways to have fun, including going to one of my fab drag shows [wink]. There is tremendous room for personal growth and many people are open to unique concepts, so it’s a great market for entrepreneurs. And if you’re in Hartford County like me, you get the benefit of being just two hours from New York City, Boston & Providence, all while staying right here.