Another one of the boys featured in GAYLETTER Issue 4
The Dauphine of Bushwick X Wise Men: Music by Alexis Blair Penney and Raul de Nieves! Performance by The Dauphine! Hosted by Birthday Boys Alan Salcedo and Robert Kessler. Tea Set Winner Merlot!
With the normalizing of diplomatic ties, visiting Cuba is now an option for Americans. But is it worth it?
In March 2015, my husband and I traveled to Cuba. After decades of crippling sanctions, overbearing state control and relative isolation from the rest of the world, the Caribbean country is changing. You immediately get the feeling on the streets of Havana that things are opening up. It’s just in the air. And that’s true for Cuban queers more than anyone.
Under Fidel Castro, homosexuals were considered “undesirable,” and homosexuality was deemed counter to the spirit of revolution. In the early ’60s, gay men were sent to “re-education camps.” But over the last 20 years, anti-gay laws have been steadily eliminated and the LGBTQ community has enjoyed growing social acceptance. Much of that, particularly in the last few years, has been helped along by the fact that the current Cuban leader, Raúl Castro — Fidel’s brother — has a daughter, Mariela, who is active in the government and a champion of LGBTQ rights.We were excited to connect with Cuban queers to get their perspective on all the changes…and maybe get lucky, too. This proved much easier and more complicated than we expected.
Some things to know about Cubans: 1) They are some of the most friendly and attractive people in the world. 2) Very few of them speak more than basic English. 3) They are very poor. Just how poor? The average government job — which, until fairly recently, was the only kind of job you could get — pays the equivalent of 20 USD per month. Even in Cuba, where mojitos can go for $2 or $3, that won’t get you far, so pretty much everyone is somehow on the hunt for foreigners and their currency.
“Falling in Love Again (I Can’t Help It)” by Slava Mogutin (NSFW) Starring Edmund White and Lev Ivankov
A NSFW film made about our Edmund White shoot for GAYLETTER Magazine Issue 4.
The New York premiere of The Witches of Eastwick comes to The Gramercy Theater on April 2nd. It’s a parody “loosely” based on the classic film The Witches of Eastwick, which we don’t really remember it’s plot points of, but it made us feel amazing! I mean Cher, Susan Sarandon and Michelle Pfeiffer, hello!
This show, staring drag queens Chad Michaels, Coco Peru and Peaches Christ. It was written and directed by Joshua Grannell. Here’s the plot points: “three seasoned drag queens — a Cher impersonator, an acclaimed monologuist, and a cinephile — are invited to perform in the picturesque East Village of New York. The trio of sassy singles are feeling lonely until a mysterious and flamboyant drag fan arrives in their lives. But what are his ultimate intentions? What follows is devilishly fun — you’ll laugh till you toss your cherries!”
$30-$75, 7:00PM & 10:00PM, The Gramercy Theater, 127 East 23rd St. NY, NY. …
The exhibition is up until May 26th at Casa de Costa
We are super excited about the opening of Gio Black Peter’s latest exhibition of paintings and drawings titled ‘If We Do Not Destroy Ourselves.’ It has been a while since we’ve had a kiki with Gio, he has obviously been very busy creating new work. I chatted with Gio briefly and he told me that the show is about “finding the beauty in destruction without destroying yourself. It’s a view into my head, my feelings of the world inside and my views of the world around me. For example “The Velvet Ribbon” (the painting used on the invite) is about the end of the idea of “White America.” “Bad Cops Make Good Snacks” is my Adam & Eve painting, Adam is black and Eve is transgendered-corruption is depicted by a cops hand sticking out of a snakes mouth. Every image tells a story, I leave it to the viewer to figure it out.”
I peeked at some of the work and they look great, they are as colorful as his previous work, but there is a lot more to take in, as he described before there’s obviously lots to figure out from each piece. From what I’ve seen this is his most ambitious work, in terms of scale; he has some murals, he told me that they are the largest paintings he’s shown in the U.S. Come to the opening reception and support Gio, he told me that he would not be showing his peen at this event, like he usually does, “It’s all about the art.”
FREE, OPENING RECEPTION, MARCH 30TH, 6:00PM-9:00PM, CASA DE COSTA, 405 EAST 61ST. …
A positive love/dance-fest that is booze free
Our friend Beatrice has been going to this Daybreaker party for some time now. She’s asked me to come a couple of times, the only problem is they start at 6:00AM, which is not an hour I will ever get up at unless I’m going to the airport or running from a burning building. This week, on March 29th, the party is switching shit up and taking place in the early evening. If you’re unfamiliar with the Daybreaker concept, it’s basically a positive love/dance-fest that is booze free — it’s a dance party for people who care more about dancing than partying. Which means you probably get a lot of self-righteous health nuts, but hey, people who don’t drink (for whatever reason) should still have a place they can comfortably go to to let their hair down. This city is tailor-made for lushes (which is why we love it so much) but that doesn’t mean everyone else should have to suffer. Put on your dancing shoes, grab a green juice and get lit, naturally.
$35-$45, 6:30pm, The Gilded Lily, 408 W 15th St. New York, NY. …