Honorees include Edie Windsor, Masha Gessen, Tyler Ford, Patricia Field, DeRay McKesson, and others
We have to admit it — Pride Month this year a little bit strange! The parade is being televised for the first time on ABC for one thing, and then there’s Facebook with their new pride rainbow reaction emoji, Urban Outfitters is doing some half-assed rainbow t-shirts, McDonald’s is making fries gay. Honestly, we’re a little upset the crosswalks aren’t rainbow colored! What the fuck, NYC?!
That said, we’re back with our GAYLETTER PRIDE GUIDE to offer a little consistency to the now ever-so-trendy pride. While cruising our emails and Facebook events, it seems as though everyone working in queer nightlife is ready to hit the ground running. There are a few brand new parties premiering this week, along with some very fresh ones and of course the super great recurring ones.
The New York Times is reporting that queer nightlife is back. There are a ton of new queer communities popping up in every borough and it’s really exciting to be partying considering there are spaces being started or taken over for anyone in the LGBTQ+ community.
Let’s not forget why this month started and that we should celebrate every day after June 30th. We’re just entering the thick of the next four, orange-hued years. Let’s keep our heads up and our skirts hiked even higher.
PARTY: THE LAST BABY TEA
Tyler Ashley has been throwing Baby Tea for three awesome years, but it’s time “to take a break.” It’s actually coming back two times this summer on Fire Island, so watch out for those event postings. …
The feature-length film features Bob The Drag Queen, Detox, Latrice Royale, and Tempest DuJour
The photographer Benjamin Fredrickson contributed to GAYLETTER Issue 5, last year, with a provocative portfolio of photographs from the Fetish-themed street fair, Folsom Street East in NYC. The street fair has been taking place in NYC since 1997 in West Chelsea (27th Street between 10th and 11th Avenue). Folsom Street East is a spin-off of the San Francisco Folsom Street Fair which is the world’s largest celebration of leather and BDSM subcultures. Benjamin emailed me to let me know that this year he’s going to be photographing people that are attending the Fair from 11am - 6pm — “I’m looking to photograph anyone and everyone. I will be wandering around with my large format camera shooting portraits of people. I’m really happy with how the last 2 years of photographing Folsom Street East has turned out.” I can confirm that his black and white photographs are powerful. Wear your best kink look, leather, harness, jockstrap, puppy tail, or just show up naked with leather boots...Just make sure you impress Benjamin and beg him for a photo. He'll be working with a large format camera with a tripod, so it should be easy to spot him in a crowd.
This is an event I was pretty thrilled to learn about because I love the idea of younger kids learning how to DJ. It sounds like a solid pitch for a Bravo TV show. If you’re into dance music, you should have come across Discwoman by now. They’re a New York-based DJ collective “representing and showcasing cis women, trans women and genderqueer talent in electronic music.” They throw some of the best parties in Brooklyn and the artists they represent are some of the most in-demand ones working today. For Pride Month, the Mayor’s Office of Media & Entertainment has programmed a series of free workshops, under the moniker “INTERLUDE+ series,” that are being offered to LGBTQ+ youth to celebrate the community’s diverse music scene. Of course the youth are innocent, but think about being 15 or 16 years old again… I couldn’t wait to finally leave the age of house parties behind and enter the void that is nightlife. Rather than glamorizing the new club kids on Instagram, this lecture and workshop by Emma Burgess-Olson (Umfang), one of Discowoman’s co-founders, on live curation on CDJ player is a much more positive introduction to nightlife’s most essential variable. Some of these kids are probably going to be turning it out at the club in a few years, so I’m happy they’re starting their careers learning from one of the best.
"Today, we rise in resistance. We do it out of defiance and we do it out of love."
In lieu of the Pride Parade, Los Angeles held a Resist March with crowds gathering to march in solidarity against the U.S. government’s regressive social agenda. Countless Hollywood names came out to show their support: Adam Lambert, America Ferrera, and Rupaul among them. The fucked up political climate reminds all of us to stake claim and fight for our rights.
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