No offense, but when I started dumping the straight girls who wanted me for a GBF and befriended fierce queer women, my skin cleared, my relationship with my mother improved, and my crops were saved. JK, I’m not an Iowa gay. What I’m saying though, is that queer women and femmes are fucking amazing and the lesbian scene is HAPPENING in NYC! We’ve all messed around on Grindr, but HER, “a dating and social app mainly for female identifying people” (though they are completely “inclusive for the entire LGBTQ community”), is bringing you “something different from what already exists in the NYC lesbian scene” — CIRQUE DU SO GAY! I’m usually at parties with ripped gay guys, fierce club kids, and an occasional busted drag queen but this event sounds pretty amazing. HER is giving you rooftop dance party realness at the The DL on the LES with some sickening circus and sideshow acts by some of NYC’s best queer performers. The Brides of Burlesque are going to be eating their looks and giving shows and I just checked out the Facebook invite again — there’s going to be a fucking lion tamer named Tansy with her lion. Ok work! I don’t know about you but I’ve never simultaneously met potential hookups and befriended fellow bottoms at a gay circus, so if you’re a queer woman (or hey — just want to see some amazing performances and dance all night long) you should be down for this party — it’s for everyone!
Over the past two years, these “paint bar” nights, or “drink & draw” have become increasingly popular across Long Island and wine-moms and white-teens have started to act like they have a BFA in my favorite medium, which they don’t. They just have blonde highlights from my mom who is usually their hairdresser. It’s a small world out there. What’s cute is that I’ve seen photos of some instructors wearing Britney Spears microphones, like saying “lift your brush” really needs to be heard out of an industrial speaker. Listen, I’ve seen some of these canvases results and I will just say they’re always some wonky, on-mushrooms looking sunsets. Anyway, I am such a fake bitch because I stay talking shit about these types of events but this one is in Brooklyn so I was like… yas! I’m not transparent, whatever. While I was browsing this event online, someone in the comments asked “What’s a live figure model?” You’re always going to encounter one or two dummies who should really be attending the Long Island iterations of these kinds of things, but The Living Gallery is a wonderful place that, in a city full of struggling artists and dreamers, deserves our support. The space provides all proper materials; the essential wine and aforementioned live model, which, to answer that woman’s question (and maybe yours too) is a person who will stand before the room and you are expected to draw them. Often, they are naked. Ok work!
When I saw this event circulating on Facebook, I really had to stop and ask myself why we were just seeing “the first annual,” rather than the 26th annual or something like that. I mean, it is no fucking secret that the world loves porn. Pornhub has some ridiculous statistics about Americans and porn. Google it. Though on the account of how many times I know y’all masturbate in one week, maybe you shouldn’t bother. Just know you are not alone when you are rubbing one out every day of the week. OK? “Crushed, the first Brooklyn Dirty Book Fair, is a platform for independent publishers of erotic and pornographic material and artists working with sex. Curated by Matthew Leifheit, the fair will feature two small-scale exhibitions, a selection of publications and prints for sale, a program of performances and readings, live nude classical and jazz musicians, smutty film screenings, and an orgy afterparty.” Recently, the GAYLETTER office has been super into vintage porn. Not necessarily video, but photographs. To say that nudes aren’t being photographed like they used to is, well… true. Men and women are aspiring to different standards in 2017, but the 70s and 80s had the most stunning, real looking models with the most chic dicks and breasts. That said, I think sexual imagery ages super well, so maybe in a decade I’ll be saying the same thing about today, but, regardless, head to the fair and check out what your sexual community is making. Not only will you leave horny, but you’ll be walking away with work the world doesn’t want us to see, or doesn’t think we should see. Always celebrate sex. It’s normal. Go forth and CUM!
The Dauphine of Bushwick X Wise Men celebrate 3 years with one final hurrah for the last BABY TEA! Music by Macy Rodman, J Lamar, and Slutty Marys, with hosts threeASFOUR, Horrorchata, and Charlene! Performances by Charlene and The Dauphine, Tea Set Winner Gypsy Hill and Chocolate Maker Winner BBT OG Ben Kimitch!
If you have been reading GAYLETTER, you know we love an outdoor space. We are thirsty for that outdoor heat and if you ever invite me to a BBQ I’ll bring a nice piece of meat — I am one of those people that will get a gourmet burger, yas mama. We have been trying to sound more gay at the GAYLETTER office, so bear with me for a moment, yes god, yasss queen — I am here for it. So, this BBQ is not free because it’s a fundraiser, but it’s the right type of fundraiser I’m From Driftwood does great things for the LGBT community. For those of you that don’t know, it’s “an online LGBT storytelling archive based in New York,” it’s a platform where people like us can share our stories. This is what they are saying about the BBQ: “Come mix, mingle, drink, and eat at I’m From Driftwood’s 7th Annual Summer BBQ Fundraiser, presented by Merck, in an outdoor courtyard in the heart of Hell’s Kitchen!” Anyone who’s reading this and wants to go can use: GAYLETTER as a code and get $20 off the price. Okurrrrrrrr.
With performances by Joanne The Scammer and Ruby Fox