If you feel like being bad n boujee this weekend, this may be the event for you. Hot Rabbit presents Float: an LGBTQ+ sunset boat party slash dinner cruise (for the older and/or less lit). She sounds like a fun time — there’ll be “drag queens, go-gos of all genders, vogue dancers, DJ 2Face and DJ Avg Jo, and optional dinner for those who want not just a dance party but the full city skyline dinner cruise experience.” Jolina Jasmine and Rhedd Rhumm will perform and the House of Olympus will be the voguers fuckin it up. For 500 queers on one luxury yacht with an optional dinner, tickets seem pretty reasonable — $25 if you plan ahead and buy early. You can also save 20% by using the promo code GAYLETTER — ok, work! Just remember to keep your eyes on the time because you don’t wanna get left on the pier with sunset blue balls. You gotta finish your hair and make-up and be on the boat at 6! It will then leave at 7:15 to get that prime sunsetty eye candy. It could also be a good idea to give yourself extra time if taking the train. Who knows what MTA’s gunna hurl at us next.
Central Park is normally my favorite spot to people watch, or should I say ogle at the shirtless men parading around Sheep's Meadow. Same thing, right? I'm pretty sure nothing is better than spending a hot summer day in New York doing just that, actually. (The thirst is real and only rosé can act as a semi-quenching substitute.) However, this Saturday I'm breaking away from my traditional plans, but you can still find me in Central Park to see none other than Mama Ru. Could you imagine giving up your plans to stare at boys for anything else? That was a rhetorical question. "Of course not" is the only answer. RuPaul is appearing live for Ozy Fest this year to give a talk titled "Can I Get an Amen?", so obviously I'm really dying to see what she’ll bless us with. RuPaul always speaks so eloquently, she could be reading you for filth and you'd still smile. Some other talent billed for this year includes the delicious Jason Derulo and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; it’s clear why the Times calls Ozy Fest “TED meets Coachella.” Ok, work! The festival is part of the Summerstage Central Park series, so you'll find the extravaganza at Rumsey Playfield — which is basically adjacent to East 71st if you haven't visited yet. Ru’s talk is scheduled for 1:40pm, so be sure to get over your Saturday morning hangover in a timely fashion. I suggest you drink a beer or three with brunch.
With performances by Pan Dulcé and Doubledutch Empire
This event is presented by S.U.C.K. (Stand Up Comedy Klub), which is “a monthly show hosted by a coalition of six of NYC’s most intriguing comics, performers, and weirdos: Hank Browning, Samantha Fontana, Gregory Lotsvin, Shane O'Neill, Jill Pangallo, and David Perez.” From that list we know Shane pretty well, he’s a sweetheart and an a really unique person. Often when people say someone else is “unique” it’s a shady way of saying they’re a weirdo, but we like weirdo’s, so we’d just say that. We just mean that Shane is unlike anyone else, and that’s why we love him. So back to the show, I don’t know how I didn’t lead with this, but for this edition of the show, they have “gay legends Cole Escola and Joel Kim Booster” as their special guests. “Gay Legends” that is a stupid term. Cole Escola is simply a legend. He is brilliant on Difficult People, but even better in his self-produced YouTube videos that NEVER fail to have me rolling on the floor with laughter. Celebrating Christmas in July, sure, why not? Their Facebook page describes this stand-up show as their “transparent excuse to make out under mistletoe…” Ok, work!
The future of Mizer's legacy launches today with his films from the past
When GAYLETTER featured Bob Mizer’s glorious AMG: 1000 Model Directory in Issue 6, we had the best time cruising the pages and admiring the ridiculous amount of gorgeous men Mr. Mizer photographed. The models Mizer selected had similar bodies, but usually very different faces. He was not into just one specific look. To each their own; Mizer always wanted to photograph the next best body on Muscle Beach. He was a prolific caster, spending countless hours on the beaches of California looking for models, and the archive he left behind is enormous as it is magnificent and extremely important to the study of male physique photography.
More unknown, however, are Mizer’s films. Prior to our contemporary streaming services like Netflix or PornHub, Mizer was documenting his models in the moving image starting in the 1950s and then through the 1970s. It was exciting to hear that the Bob Mizer Foundation would be relaunching Mizer’s historic Physique Pictorial publication later this summer, but even more exciting is today’s premiere of PosingStrap.TV. For the very first time, subscribers can view a plethora of the photographer’s films, including those displaying solo posing, wrestling and his full length story films.
Over the course of several months, the Foundation has worked to restore and digitize many of Mizer’s 16mm camera negative films and ready them for online presentation. With new films being added to the site every week, subscribers can also request specific films or models should they be itching for more from one of the models. …
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!