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.
Hosted by Gays Against Guns
The Museum of Sex is hosting a new Sunday Voguing Tea Dance series to coincide with the celebration of Pride month — this is the second of the three Sundays, if you can’t make this one there’s still the next Sunday, June 18th. “Celebrating the highly stylized, global phenomenon of house dance originating in the late 1980s that arose from the Harlem ballroom scene of the 60s, the extravaganza will bring together Voguers from many of the key Houses in NYC. Showcasing all styles of the art form of Voguing, including Old-way, New-way, Runway, Posing, Pop-dip-and-spin, Arms and all that comes with it…” The night will take place in the MoSex’s Disco Bar where the exhibition Night Fever: New York Disco 1977-1979, The Bill Bernstein Photographs — make sure you check that out, we are trying to contribute to your gay education here. It’s an installation that “invites viewers to experience the freedom and intoxication of the disco era.” As far as GAYLETTER is concerned it’s not a proper Pride party if there’s not a ball. We have been doing a Pride Ball for the last 3 years at the Wythe Hotel and this year The House of Mugler is performing at our Ping Pong party — Yup that was a plug. In the meantime go to the Sex Museum and enjoy performances by members from a few houses including Cesar Valentino, Javier Ninja, Bootz Mizrahi, Jack Mizrahi and others. Music is by DJ ChipChop Gonzalez. Come on, Vogue, Vogue, Vogue...
With Mickey Boardman, Trae Harris, Levi Jackman Foster, Abi Benitez & Tom Jackson