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Tuesday 10.09.18

Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival 2018

Friday 10.05.18

CALLEN-LORDE’S TRANSCENDENCE

Honoring Deja Smith and Jacob Tobia

Wednesday 10.03.18

12 Stunning Queens at DragCon NYC 2018

More photos of drag queens? Yes!

This past weekend, RuPaul‘s DragCon arrived back in New York City and it was exactly the right dosage of drag queens needed to push us through the absence of RuPaul’s Drag Race on TV. Since GAYLETTER had a table and several photographers on the ground, we spent the three day convention (see photo libraries — Day 1Day 2Day 3)  out of drag and uncertain of how all of these queens and kids were beat for the gods from sun up til sun down. Three days is a lot of makeup, hairspray and tucking tape. Not to mention fashion, there was a lot of that there. Oh, and screaming! And, if you were there to see the industry big-wigs (no pun intended) like Katya, Alyssa Edwards or KimChi, there was a lot of waiting too. Now that the weekend is over, we do kind of wish there was another DragCon to look forward too.

 

We all really enjoyed ourselves. We are big drag fans, and not just drag race fans. Dragula, Drag Race Thailand, good drag, bad drag, kiddie drag, mommy drag. You name it we yassss it. So we ran around behind queens all weekend to see what they were wearing and to clock their makeup in person. It was, as they say, gaggy.

 

You probably are wondering, more photos of drag queens? Lord. Well, we know, but simply take these 12 portraits by photographer Jason Leavy as a bonus and beautiful closure to our coverage for DragCon NYC 2018. …

RUPAUL’S DRAGCON NYC – DAY 3

Featuring Rupaul, Alyssa Edwards, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo, Miss Fame, Peppermint, Aquaria, Bob the Drag Queen, The Vixen, Asia O'Hara, Kalorie Karbdashian-Williams, Abhora, Vivacious, Nicole Paige Brooks, Carmen Carrera, Tammie Brown, Disasterina, Miz Cracker, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi and many more

Tuesday 10.02.18

Rupaul’s DragCon NYC – Day 2

More queens! WOW!

Folsom Street Fair 2018

San Francisco's Folsom Street Fair happens annually the last weekend of September

Monday 10.01.18

Rupaul’s DragCon NYC – Day 1

Queens, queens, queens, oh my!

Saturday 09.29.18

Ali Forney Center’s DRAGS 2018

The second annual fundraiser at Marquee featured performances by Monét X Change, Linda Simpson, Sherry Vine, Marti Gould Cummings, Ragamuffin, Daphne Always, Mrs. Smith, Emi Grate, Scarlet Envy, Vigor Mortis, Wang Newton, Miz Jade, Brita Filter, Princess Bytch, Flotilla DeBarge, Ruby Roo and Tina Burner

Thursday 09.20.18

GAYLETTER Magazine at Printed Matter’s NY Art Book Fair 2018 – Booth N27

Come join us this week, starting this Thursday, September 20 at 6:00PM (for the preview) as we head to the Printed Matter‘s Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 —  We’ll be at Booth N27. The book fair is one of our favorite events of the year (Click here to see photos from the last year). Not only is it a wonderful chance to meet our readers, but we also like to sneak off from our booth, when if we get the chance, to go roam around the floors of the fair to see all the amazing printed matter available from other publishers and galleries from around the world.

 

There is an overload of incredible stuff to look at. In its 13th year the fair features 365 exhibitors. It is also the first fair since the death of it’s curator Shannon Michael Caine. It won’t be the same fair without him…On Sunday at 3:30PM we’re going to be talking on a panel about BUTT magazine — It’s the US premiere of the film ‘After BUTT’ by Ian Giles (Here’s the Facebook page with more details). Come to the Art Book Fair to support print and help us keep our publication alive by buying one, or ALL available issues, nothing wrong with owning the entire collection!

 

Thursday (preview night) 6:00PM-9:00PM, Friday 1:00PM-7:00PM, Saturday 11:00AM-9:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-7:00PM. MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY. …

Tuesday 09.18.18

Bushwig 2018: Portraits

Photos from Brooklyn's wildest weekend for drag.

Bushwig only happens once a year. Which totally sucks! What began as a backyard soirée of hours worth of drag-shows has ballooned into an internationally stamped festival showcasing the many modes of drag. New York — Brooklyn more specifically — where Bushwig began, has long hosted the careers of some of the drag industry’s best performers before fame grabbed them on Instagram, YouTube or RuPaul’s Drag Race.

 

Bushwig (which most recent offshoot was in Berlin) is organized by what has become a kind of drag-cooperative over the years. Spearheaded by Horrorchata and the many who work with and around her on a weekly basis, including Merrie Cherry, Tyler Ashley, Charlene, Hannah Lou, Untitled Queen, and Miss Malice — all of these performers (but honestly, legends) band together to book, organize, perform, emcee, and command the city’s biggest weekend for drag. (And this is a city that hosts RuPaul’s Drag Con.) The appearances at this year’s festival were no short of star-studded, with drag celebrities like Pearl, Hungry, Aja, Shea Couleé and Alaska taking to the stage on both nights.

 

This year, rain rolled through the festival’s early September weekend, but drag doesn’t stop for weather. Jason Leavy — who photographed the festival for us last year — decamped for Knockdown Center again to collect a series of portraits of the electric performers and twinkling attendees.

 

It should come as no surprise that among drag superstars and drag babies alike, there is beauty in every corner of the industrial festival grounds. …

Thursday 09.13.18

Spirit & Flesh – Celebrate Freedom

Wednesday 09.12.18

BUSHWIG 2018 – DAY 2