Mercury Stardust

Mercury Stardust (She/They), the Trans Handy Ma'am, is a professional home maintenance technician, performer, and award-winning activist. Mercury credits their TikTok success to their experience teaching burlesque, where they learned to communicate and create a safe space for students who had frequently experienced trauma. She's been featured in stories by NBC, NPR, The Guardian, HGTV, Washington Post, and more. Their leadership within the trans community has led to collaborations with such brands as iFixit, TylenolPM, and the trans-healthcare company Point of Pride. Mercury lives in her home state of Wisconsin with her partner and two cats. She’s a world-renowned and internationally award-winning burlesque entertainer and ran Wisconsin’s only weekly burlesque show, Five Star Tease, for 5 years. Her work on and off the stage earned her Madison’s Trans Activist of the Year in 2021 from Madison’s Outreach, and she raised $2.3 million for trans healthcare in 2023 with Point of Pride.

Community Track

Breaking Boundaries: Amplifying LGBTQ+ Voices

Location: Trending Stage

Thursday, June 27

11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Tag: ASL Interpreters Present

Featuring: Bryce Xavier, Lindsay Nikole, Mercury Stardust and more

We're rolling out the rainbow carpet for this star-studded panel! Tune in to discover how these LGBTQ+ pioneers are leveraging their platforms and content to spread positivity, uplift their communities, and ignite crucial discussions about diversity and representation in the digital sphere.


Community Track

Beyond the Binary

Location: Trending Stage

Friday, June 28

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Tag: ASL Interpreters Present

Featuring: Grace Stanley, Mercury Stardust, FunkyFrogBait and more

Engage in this conversation as creators share how transcending the gender binary has catalyzed their journey to self-discovery. They'll reflect on why this topic deserves its own standalone discussion outside of more general LGBTQ conversations, and how their unique gender expressions resonate with audiences — inspiring them to embrace authenticity and find courage in their identities.


Community Track

Standby Meet & Greet

Location: Hall D - Meet & Greet Hall

Saturday, June 29

12:30 pm - 2:30 pm

Featuring: HappyKelli, Briel Adams-Wheatley, Kinigra Deon and more

HappyKelli - Queue 2, Pro Photo

Briel Adams - Wheatley - Queue 4, Pro Photo

Kinigra Deon - Queue 5, Pro Photo

Nevada - Queue 9, Pro Photo

Mercury Stardust - Queue 11, Selfie/Autograph

Hayden Hillier-smith - Queue 12, Selfie/Autograph

All standby meet & greets will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis and have limited capacities. If you’d like to join the standby line for this session, enter the Meet & Greet Hall through Lobby D, head to the Meet & Greet Standby Desk, and let staff know which session you’d like to attend.

The standby line will close 30 minutes after the session start time