New York is no stranger to queer nightlife, and pride week’s got it all!
Some of us LGBTQ+ identifying folks behave like it’s Pride year round. It doesn’t matter if its January or February, June or July — if you want to dance in the streets, dye your hair rainbow colors or parade around in a jockstrap, we think you should! Life is more fun when you’re uninhibited by commercial calendars or social standards. The LGBTQ+ community was born out of rather radical and therefore totally political postures. So, while yes, non-gays should get off the sidewalk when we are walking behind them in June, please carry that confidence with you throughout the rest of the year too. We’re here, we’re queer, and honey, trust and believe there are many parties to go to this week.
New York City is no stranger to queer nightlife. New parties pop-up all of the time; some die, some don’t. For 2018 we combed every platform imaginable to find some of the most fierce things to do in the city to help you feel prideful and ultra-gay.
Pride in NYC has something for everyone. Brooklyn and Manhattan, Downtown to Midtown, GAYLETTER’s pride guide features everything.
Photography by Ben Zank for GAYLETTER Issue 8.
WEDNESDAY JUNE 20
ART: DAYBREAK – NEW AFFIRMATIONS IN QUEER PHOTOGRAPHY
Get your Pride week started by heading down to the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art to see some super queer art. DAYBREAK: New Affirmations in Queer Photography features the work of twelve young photographers of varying backgrounds and identities, all of whom are making work about being queer. …
With a special performance by Christeene
We have been nominated for this award three times and we haven’t won yet. We are not salty about it, we’re just putting it out there, into the universe...it’s time. GAYLETTER FOR THE WIN! lol. We are just kidding. Or are we!? We are….not. Ahahah. Give us the brick, goddammit! For those of you who don’t know the award the hand to you on stage is a brick and the main reason we want one is because we need a new paperweight for our office. And you never know, it might come in handy if someone pisses us off. The Brooklyn Nightlife Awards have been running for many years. It’s a super fun night where all the weirdos from Brooklyn nightlife come out to celebrate each other. No one else is celebrating us, so unfortunately we have to do it for ourselves. The night is hosted by Merrie Cherry (who also created the event) and there is always plenty of amazing performances in between awards. We are presenting an award this year, but we don’t know what it’s for yet. The BNA’s are the kind of show where you have to be ready to improvise. Everyone’s wasted and rowdy and not interested in listening to someone prattle on for too long. Last time we presented an award we pulled down our pants. That seemed to go over pretty well with the crowd, so maybe we’ll go full nude this year. See you there!
It’s June 1st and yes we have a Pride Party for you to go to! Were you ready for that? No, well, honey, be ready! It’s our month and this is the absolute best way to kick it off. Callen-Lorde is the leading LGBTQ health service clinic servicing our community free of judgement or from lack of funds in New York City since Stonewall, and they are opening in Brooklyn very soon, which is really beneficial to our community. More of us will have the chance to be seen, nursed and worked with by LGBTQ+-sensitive employees and doctors in the near future! ROAR 2018 is at the Central Park Zoo, and while it may not be the all-night take your clothes off kind of pride party you’re looking for (you can wait until the end of the month, OK?) it sure as hell has a ticket price that suits a better cause. But you’re not just going to the event for animals, light environmentalist-commentary that high-definition Central Park air; there’s food, an open bar for those of you legal, a performance by Rupaul's Drag Race Season 10’s Yuhua Hamasaki (Forgot she got eliminated and that’s the T.) a silent auction and a drag-queen story hour! You can’t spell wholesome without some hole, so I am sure there will be cuties to say hello to there as well, but aside from my large use of camp in this post, GAYLETTER absolutely loves this organization. Our friends and our office are patients, and we try and show our support in anyway we can. As health-care is rapidly being pried from the most needed, Callen-Lorde needs our support now more than ever because we’re going to need them more than ever. Start Pride Month right and show the community your wallet… I mean love!
Featuring Kim Chi, Meatball, Violet Chachki, Peppermint, Sasha Velour, Love Masisi, Valentina, Trixie Mattel and more!
A signing and celebration of Jack Pierson's new magazine, Tomorrow's Man 4.
Did you pick up your copy of GAYLETTER Issue 8? If you answered no, I suggest you change that. We featured a bunch of beautiful, beautiful people, and among them is pop-music-alt-damsel Cody Critcheloe, better known as SSION. When Cody told us he had a new album coming out we got super excited. He had just released “Comeback,” which tells the story of an old flame returning to the appropriate lover who is more than willing to accept that skank back. It’s also a pretty obvious play on words. Ssion hadn’t released new music since 2012, so a new single six-years later is most definitely a comeback. “O,” out on May 11th, is Ssion’s third studio album and to celebrate the release he’s throwing a cute party at Mission Chinese. There’s going to be food, drinks and he’ll be playing the album. I’m stoked about it because when we got together to create his feature for Issue 8 (with Slava Mogutin) he was telling us all about how he made it in a basement in LA. Cody said he just kept inviting people to be on the album so that it had the flavor of a mixtape, like something corny you’d curate in high school, but with indie-pop and indie-rock royalty (Sky Ferreira, Devendra Banhart, Ariel Pink). The official singles, “Comeback,” “Heaven Is My Thing Again,” and “At Least the Sky Is Blue” (check out our behind the scenes coverage) have been on my Apple Music repeats for a while now. I am eager and ready for more!
Y Tu Mamá También is the first phrase I learnt in Spanish. Growing up in Australia we didn’t have much need for the language so it’s not really taught in schools. I studied Indonesian in high school which was sooooo useful! lol. I learnt the phrase Y Tu Mamá También because it’s the title of the 2001 Alfonso Cuarón film that is screening tonight in Brooklyn at the Alamo Drafthouse. When it was released 17 years ago it not only launched the careers of its director and its stars Diego Luna and Gael Garcia Bernal, but it was also the highest box office opening in Mexican cinema history at the time. And it did that by only making $2.2 million it’s opening weekend. “The film tells a coming-of-age story about two teenage boys who take a road trip with a woman in her late twenties. The film is part of the road movie genre, set in 1999 against the backdrop of the political and economic realities of present-day Mexico, specifically at the end of the uninterrupted 71-year line of Mexican presidents from the Institutional Revolutionary Party and the rise of the opposition led by Vicente Fox.” It is a very sexy, gritty and engrossing film with a rather queer twist ending. You can see it tonight (May 2) at 6:30pm with a Mexican-inspired menu created by the Drafthouse executive chef Ronnie New, with drink pairings from their beverage director Vincent Favella. This is a much better way to celebrate Mexico than partaking in the upcoming Cinco De Mayo nonsense. A disfrutar!