The independent food publication Put A Egg On It is celebrating the launch of their 11th issue with a post-Thanksgiving themed event. They are gonna have a leftover sandwich competition! That sounds like a great idea because most Thanksgiving turkeys are dry and they work much better in a sandwich. So, head over there with your dry turkey leftovers to make some delicious sandwiches. There will be prizes, so if you’re competitive like us you’ll have a blast. Don’t bring that soft bread, it’s usually so nasty and you Americans love it, I can’t stand it. The condiments for the sandwich will be provided by “the ridiculously delicious” Sir Kensington — I heard their stuff tastes great, I hope that someone from Sir Kensington reads this and sends us a few things for the holidays. They’ll have free beers, drinks and snacks. They encourage you to bring your relatives, but I’d say no. That’s not the best way to meet someone new that you could possibly hook up with. Don’t pretend that you are not looking for that post Thanksgiving dick reset!
Before Robert Mapplethorpe there was George Platt Lynes. Born in East Orange, New Jersey Lynes quickly became recognized as one of the most revolutionary photographers of the early 20th century. Despite contributing to renown publications such as Vogue and Bazaar, he is primarily known for his photographs of male nudes. Characterized by their homoerotic quality and formal beauty, these photographs are truly stunning and captivating.
Lucky for you the The Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art will be hosting an event tonight, November 18, celebrating Lynes’ work. Allen Ellenzweig, author of The Homoerotic Photograph, will be leading a presentation about the incredible life and times of George Platt Lynes. You will get a chance to see several of the amazing photographs taken by the artist, including his images for the New York City Ballet and his Surrealism inspired images, while also listening to a brilliant commentary about the artist’s work as a whole.
Some friends of mine tried to have a pre-fall party way before the Fall season came, but after all the planning and talking about it, we never really got to it. Maybe for the next season… This brings me to this event that Tom pointed out to me, Queer Brooklyn Clothing Swap. A clothing swap! Perfect! I am gonna be honest with you I don’t know the people behind this event, but it says queer and we are in the same city. According to their Facebook page the folks organizing this have “a lot of clothing we don’t wear anymore. We think there might be other folks in this same predicament. How about we swap clothing?” Yeah exactly, that’s a great idea. Here’s how it works, “free entry with (clean) clothes to swap or a light refreshment (we will never say no to food). $5 suggested donation otherwise. No one turned away for lack of funds. All leftover clothing will be donated to an LGBTQ organization (any recommendations are welcomed!).” Basically if you can’t find things to swap it’s a great way for you to donate your clothes to a LGBT organization. This event is at someone’s home, so it’s gonna feel a bit weird at first, but then once you say hello and swap some clothes, drink some alcohol and eat some snacks I think it should be just fine. These people seem chill.
We’ve heard from a couple of people that this party is bananas. We like parties that are bananas — they’re the ones people will be talking about when we’re old. This Friday is your chance to get bananas with the latest edition of Grace and Execution. This monthly party is dedicated “to showcasing Queer performance and dance based work.” The event provides “a platform for artists to examine queerness by exploring themes of gender, sexuality, androgyny, and the politics that surround them.” You can expect “performance/movement based work by: Olga Dobrowolska, Tyler Ashley, Elayna Lopez, Gage Of The Boone, Shawn Escarciga (MISS LADY SALAD) and Leah Marie Beltran.” Bring a good attitude and leave your privilege at home (I’ve always wanted to say that, lol), Have Fun!
This is the 28th Mix NYC — a queer experimental film festival. If you haven’t been to any of the previous festivals then this is the year to atone for your sins. Tonight you have 3 options. First up is the documentary Peace of Mind which “documents the life of American artist, Flo McGarrell, prior to his untimely death in the earthquake that struck Haiti in January of 2010.” Following that is The Fight For Home which documents the struggles for minorities to claim a home and features “Fierce drag queens” battling the Google/Twitter/Yahoo tech buses of San Francisco plus Black and Asian communities coming together in the struggle for racial justice in the aftermath of the LA Riots, Rodney King’s beating, and Tian Sheng Yu’s death. Finally there’s The Hustle which the festival is giving little information about besides a gif of Marilyn Monroe strutting through a fancy restaurant and this quote attributed to Abraham Lincoln: “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” I’m intrigued!
The RentBoy.com raid was really stoopid. Prostitution should be legalized. If someone wants to sell their affection, and body, it should be no one else’s business but their own, and in all seriousness, a site like Rentboy was a safe place for many of these workers to operate. “The Rentboy.com raid is the latest front in a state-sponsored war to criminalize the survival of people in the sex trades. Rentboy offered a safer way to work, screen clients and create community, now it no longer exists pushing those that advertised on Rentboy onto other online platforms and the street.” This Wednesday get to the LGBT Center and start to “organize around the #RentboyRaid, police profiling and violence against people in the sex trades, and the Human Trafficking Intervention Courts, along with other issues of concern to people in the sex trades in New York City.” It’s an important cause, whether you work in the industry or not. Do it for Zola!
A lecture by Gender Studies Guru Jane Ward in NYC
Jane Ward’s book Not Gay: Sex Between Straight White Men has been around the literary circuit since early August, and been featured in such trusted sources as New York Magazine, Huffington Post, and of course GAYLETTER. The book largely focuses on sexual acts between white, straight men and examines how these acts “allow them to leverage whiteness and masculinity to authenticate their heterosexuality. By understanding their same-sex sexual practice as meaningless, accidental, or even necessary, straight white men can perform homosexual contact in heterosexual ways.” I’m sure you’re all dying to read it for obvious reasons. Who doesn’t like an educational analysis that also serves as soft core porn?
Tonight, November 10th, The Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at NYU presents Haze Him! White Heteromasculinity, Anal Resilience, and the Erotic Spectacle of Repulsion. The talk, by Ward, “examines the function and effects of homosexual contact in the hazing rituals of the United States military. Juxtaposing documented military hazing rituals with scenes of hazing in the widely popular series of “reality” internet porn, HazeHim.com, Ward considers how male-male anal penetration has been framed as a practice of hetero-masculine resilience, one to be suffered with performative repulsion and endurance.”
It sounds like a fantastic lecture to sit in on, and I’m sure it will be jam-packed with every kind of person imaginable. Be sure to brush up on your politically correct lingo, and leave your privilege at the door.
One of our contributors, Jeffrey, recently wrote about Jack Pierson’s Tomorrow’s Man 3 book for our site “this hybrid book-zine-porno-photo-anthology continues to Let You Know. This edition layers the works of four distinct artists, Pierson, Peter Fend, Richard Tinker and Veralyn Behenna, to create a surprising narrative about the male figure, environmental justice, and the collision of graphic collage with organic form.” The book series Tomorrow’s Man is published under Bywater Bros. Editions. “Pierson’s full color photographs are, as always, delicious. Shot in a range of naturally lit (often tropical) environments, he explores the male body with a playful precision that reveals without overwhelming — tastes without gorging.” This launch event is taking place at the newly opened Printed Matter (that new location is sexy). Aside from the 4 different covers they’ll have a special hardcover edition of 75 which includes an original signed and numbered photo by Jack Pierson. All the proceeds will benefit the Fire Island Artist Residency and Printed Matter’s relocation. We’ve been saying this for a while now, events at Printed Matter are the perfect place to meet your next date. The crowd is always cute, and cunt!
The Warwick Rowers are a rowing team from a university in the U.K. who created a naked calendar to raise money to fight homophobia. Isn’t that so sweet of them? I don’t even think they are gay. I’m sure one or two are, but I think most are straight and just really cool and caring about their gay brothers and sisters. Adorbs! This Thursday is your chance to meet 3 of the rowers at the launch event for Out Travel magazine’s Great Britain edition along with the launch of the Warwick Rowers 2016 calendar. They’re telling us to come join them “for a gin-and-tonic or two and find out more about what it is that makes Britain great.” Sounds fabulous sweetie darling. Naked rowers, gin and tonic, what more could you want from a Thursday night, one of them to fuck you? Well that’s just pushing it, they’ve done enough already! Fight your way in or RSVP here.
This is a pricey event to go to. Tickets start at $300, but it’s Grimes and she’s awesome and it’s at the Guggenheim, and it’s a fancy gala that’s likely gonna be full of fancy young people, and...well, IDK, look, if you can afford the ticket get one, but if you can’t then you should just sneak in. You’re smart, I’m sure you can figure it out. Do you think when Abi and I started GAYLETTER we we’re invited anywhere? Shit no, we talked our way into more parties than that couple that snuck into the White House in sari’s then self combusted on the Real Housewives of D.C. Pretend you’re on the phone then just walk in, bring a clipboard and ear piece, or carry a mop and say someone vomited inside and you need to go clean it up. There’s a million ways. According to their website, Grimes is putting on a “special musical performance.” It’s not just a performance it’s a “special musical” performance. And did I mention it’s at the fucking Guggenheim, that building is L-E-G-E-N-D-A-R-Y. Frank Lloyd Wright queen. I mean, what are you waiting for?? It’s NYC, hustle hunty!