Windy City Media Group Frontpage News

THE VOICE OF CHICAGO'S GAY, LESBIAN, BI, TRANS AND QUEER COMMUNITY SINCE 1985

home search facebook twitter join
Gay News Sponsor Windy City Times 2022-06-08
DOWNLOAD ISSUE
Donate

Sponsor
Sponsor

  WINDY CITY TIMES

Local lesbian couple talks new band The Q's, love story, other endeavors
by Carrie Maxwell, Windy City Times
2021-06-16

This article shared 1705 times since Wed Jun 16, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email


Singing has been a part of Debra Duncan and Kayla Quiros' lives since they were in high school. Now the married couple and The Q's bandmates have released their debut album, Us Who Know, chronicling their tumultuous love story.

Duncan and Quiros have called Chicago home for seven years. They previously lived in Green, Ohio, where they met each other; previously, they (separately) lived on the East Coast. Duncan was raised in a conservative Christian family with a pastor father while Quiros grew up in a mostly liberal mixed household with a white American mother as well as a Peruvian father and a brother.

Having a pastor for a father "was challenging," Duncan said. "My parents mean well—but like any repressed queer kid in a Christian family, everything was just automatically harder. It led to an even harder coming-out. But, thankfully, after almost 13 years together, they have finally accepted it in one way or another, at least more than I ever would have thought growing up."

"Deb's family is also very musical," added Quiros. "It is a crazy gift they all have and you would not believe it until you hear them break out into five-part harmony unplanned. They also can just pick up instruments and play them without knowing how to play them."

However, music wasn't Quiros' only interest. She developed her love of sports from her parents, who were always playing backyard sports games until she shifted her focus to music in high school.

Duncan and Quiros met during their senior year, in show-choir class. At the time, Quiros had a boyfriend; Duncan knew she was a lesbian and had an "inkling" that Quiros was as well.

"We hit off instantly as best friends and it was not until a month into our friendship of running in from school, locking the door and making out with your 'best friend' that we realize it might be something more than that," said Quiros. "This became clear to us when we found out no other 'best friends' were doing this. From there it gets very tumultuous with lots of twists and turns; hiding, being caught, being banned, hiding again, running, you get the picture. But we were pretty determined and luckily came out on the other end together which is wild because we were so young and how did we know we would be compatible as adults."

Duncan moved to Chicago first to embark on her improv, sketch and music stand-up comedy act. She performed with Boyband The Musical at the Annoyance Theater, Virgin Daiquri and Randy at iO for many years, and produced the first all-queer improv show, Dreamboat with Rachel Smith.

"I have also written and starred in a handful of my own shows—including Long Time Gone: A Dixie Chicks Musical, [which] I wrote and performed with friends Rachel Smith and Ray Glass," said Duncan. "[Famed chef] Rick Bayless even showed up, and it was as random as it sounds. I have auditioned for Saturday Night Live while terrifyingly staring Lorne Michaels in the eyes as well."

Quiros followed Duncan to Chicago a year later. Over time, their families came to accept them as lesbians. Ten years after they first met, the couple married in 2018 in a private, simple ceremony on the Lake Michigan shoreline with eight people in attendance.

After more than a decade of mostly singing in cars, kitchens and showers, the couple has decided to share their music with the world. "We fell in love again with performing together and did not look back," said Quiros.

As for why they named their band The Q's, Duncan said, "That happened in a pinch. The first show we ever did, the showrunner said 'What do I call you?' and without really thinking, we said The Q's, based [on] Kayla's last name. It happened very organically and we still love the name to this day."

In terms of their album's focus on their sometimes fraught love story, both said that when they shared it people would say they should write a book. Instead, the couple channeled it into their songwriting, which came to fruition because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Our daily lives dissipated due to the lockdown so we thought that maybe this was the time to record a song or two," said Duncan. "So we recruited one of our best buds—Chas Lilly, who also is an improviser on my Randy improv team—to produce it. About seven months later, our little project turned into a nine-song album that tells our story from the moment we were closeted little babies until the moment we got married, and all the twists and turns in between. It is a story that we believe a lot of people will relate to and it feels almost therapeutic to finally share it with the masses."

As for their day jobs, Duncan is a hotel reservations/guest services agent while Quiros is an independent tire-dealer assistant. Both say that the most important thing they do for fun is hanging out with each other and their dog.

Duncan also loves going to the moves; she hosts the Queer Movie Night podcast with Peyton Lynch where they discuss what they deem are the good queer movies. Quiros enjoys listening to music, cooking, traveling, bike rides and walks, kickball with friends, and watching TV and movies.

As for their new music, "releasing this album is so exciting, but so vulnerable," said Quiros. "We are so grateful to our friends and family for their kindness and support."

The album can be purchased on all digital platforms as well as Bandcamp where donations are accepted. They also have plans to release it on vinyl.

See instagram.com/theqsmusic/ for updates and purchase options.


This article shared 1705 times since Wed Jun 16, 2021
facebook twitter pin it google +1 reddit email

  ARTICLES YOU MIGHT LIKE

Gay News

THEATER Kokandy's 'Sweeney Todd' running Sept. 8-Nov. 6
2022-08-12
Kokandy Productions will continue its 10th-anniversary season with a revival of Stephen Sondheim's Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street that will run Sept. 8-Nov. 6. The production will feature music and lyrics by Sondheim, ...


Gay News

Sky lose historic game; Cubs fall; White Sox split
2022-08-10
In what was openly lesbian WNBA legend Sue Bird's final regular-season game against the Chicago Sky (25-9), things certainly were memorable for her and the Seattle Storm (21-13). The Storm defeated the Sky 111-100 at Wintrust ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Trailblazing lesbian activist Pat Norman dies
2022-08-09
Pat Norman, a trailblazing lesbian in San Francisco who became a "first" in some important city appointments, died Aug. 5 at an assisted living facility in Las Vegas, according to The Bay Area Reporter. Norman, born ...


Gay News

Market Days marks 40 years
2022-08-09
The Northalsted Market Days street festival returned to the Halsted Street area for its 40th anniversary on Aug. 6 -7. Running from Belmont Avenue to Addison Street, a $15 suggested donation greeted attendees as they entered ...


Gay News

WCT co-founder Tracy Baim stepping down from The Chicago Reader
2022-08-09
The board of directors of the Reader Institute for Community Journalism (RICJ), publishers of the Chicago Reader, announced that Tracy Baim (who co-founded Windy City Times in 1985) is stepping down as president and publisher at ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Singer/actress Olivia Newton-John dead at 73
2022-08-08
Olivia Newton-John—the Australian singer who charmed generations of viewers in the 1978 blockbuster movie Grease and had such music hits as "Physical," with both garnering many LGBTQ+ fans—died Aug. 8 at age 73, according to media ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Lesbian writer/activist Elana Dykewomon dies at 72
2022-08-08
Tributes have poured in following the death of Oakland-based esteemed lesbian writer/activist Elana Dykewomon, who passed away Aug. 7 at age 72, according to EuroWeekly. She received the Lambda Literary Award for Lesbian Fiction in 1998 ...


Gay News

SHOWBIZ Jane Lynch, Dwayne Johnson, 'Star Trek,' Beyonce, Shea Coulee
2022-08-07
NBC has renewed the Jane Lynch-hosted game show Weakest Link for a third season, Variety noted. Season three will run for 20 episodes. The series is based on a British format distributed by BBC Studios that ...


Gay News

Brittney Griner found guilty, sentenced to nine years
2022-08-04
On Aug. 4, a Russian court found out WNBA star Brittney Griner guilty of drug smuggling and possession charges—and sentenced her to nine years in prison. The widely expected verdict came after a monthlong trial ...


Gay News

Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame Announces 2022 Inductees
2022-08-03
--From a press release - The Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, the only city-sanctioned LGBT Hall of Fame in the world, was founded in 1991 to honor Chicago's people and entities, nominated by the community, who have made significant contributions to ...


Gay News

HRC commends White House Monkeypox (MPV) Coordinator appointments; calls for greater federal response
2022-08-02
-- From a press release - WASHINGTON - Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) the nation's largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, commended the Biden Administration for appointing Robert Fenton and ...


Gay News

Lollapalooza lit up with LGBTQ+ acts in 2022
2022-08-02
The annual outdoor festival Lollapalooza ran July 28-31 in Chicago, displaying a wide spectrum of talent—including many LGBTQ+ acts—this year on nine stages. The music carnival began as an eclectic ...


Gay News

THEATER 'Cabaret' coming to Metropolis Arts on Sept. 15
2022-08-02
Musical Broadway classic and hit film Cabaret re-creates the decadent and complicated world of 1929 Berlin at the Arlington Heights venue Metropolis Performing Arts Centre on Sept. 15-Oct. 22. Cabaret is Kander and Ebb's legendary musical ...


Gay News

PASSAGES Janan Lindley, wife of longtime activist/former bar owner Marge Summit
2022-08-01
Janan Lindley died in hospice at home with her wife, Marge Summit, by her side July 29 of cancer. She was 82. Lindley was born June 20, 1940 and was raised in New Orleans. She studied at Loop College and from ...


Gay News

Lollapalooza to be in Chicago for at least the next 10 years
2022-08-01
Get ready to see a lot more musical acts, crop tops and (mostly younger) people in Grant Park for at least the next decade of summers. Chicago Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot announced July 31 that the ...


 



Copyright © 2022 Windy City Media Group. All rights reserved.
Reprint by permission only. PDFs for back issues are downloadable from
our online archives. Single copies of back issues in print form are
available for $4 per issue, older than one month for $6 if available,
by check to the mailing address listed below.

Return postage must accompany all manuscripts, drawings, and
photographs submitted if they are to be returned, and no
responsibility may be assumed for unsolicited materials.
All rights to letters, art and photos sent to Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago
Gay and Lesbian News and Feature Publication) will be treated
as unconditionally assigned for publication purposes and as such,
subject to editing and comment. The opinions expressed by the
columnists, cartoonists, letter writers, and commentators are
their own and do not necessarily reflect the position of Nightspots
(Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay,
Lesbian, Bisexual and Transegender News and Feature Publication).

The appearance of a name, image or photo of a person or group in
Nightspots (Chicago GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times
(a Chicago Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender News and Feature
Publication) does not indicate the sexual orientation of such
individuals or groups. While we encourage readers to support the
advertisers who make this newspaper possible, Nightspots (Chicago
GLBT Nightlife News) and Windy City Times (a Chicago Gay, Lesbian
News and Feature Publication) cannot accept responsibility for
any advertising claims or promotions.

 
 

TRENDINGBREAKINGPHOTOS







Sponsor
Sponsor


 

Sponsor


Donate


About WCMG      Contact Us      Online Front  Page      Windy City  Times      Nightspots
Identity      BLACKlines      En La Vida      Archives      Advanced Search     
Windy City Queercast      Queercast Archives     
Press  Releases      Join WCMG  Email List      Email Blast      Blogs     
Upcoming Events      Todays Events      Ongoing Events      Bar Guide      Community Groups      In Memoriam     
Privacy Policy     

Windy City Media Group publishes Windy City Times,
The Bi-Weekly Voice of the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Trans Community.
5315 N. Clark St. #192, Chicago, IL 60640-2113 • PH (773) 871-7610 • FAX (773) 871-7609.