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
Presented by Hannah Lou & Ickarus — "a QTPOC centric block party experience..."
A new monthly party is coming to Nowhere Bar in the East Village. I can see you reading this and thinking to yourself with excitement, “finally a new place to get laid!” Well you can thank me later, but let me first tell you all about it. It’s called Pinky Ring and it’s a new “listening party” created by DJ Reaubert — who’s referring to this event as an evening of “eclectic music.” Here’s what else he had to say: “Expect to hear a mix of dollar bin discount disco, stoner boner cosmic jams and garage house. This is not a night for the basic or the banal. Dancing encouraged.” I doubt you are basic if you’re reading this, but just in case, I’d rather warn you so you avoid any issues. “The Pinky Ring is often the first choice for someone who wants to make a “statement” as the little finger does not have the same cultural or religious connotations at the index, middle, or ring finger. It also isolates the ring from your body a bit, making it more of an eye-popping statement. As a result, pinky rings tend to be among the “busiest” or flashiest of designs. It’s where you wear things when you want attention paid to them.” Next time I run out of things to say about a party I’ll let you know. Just go, have fun, don’t forget that Nowhere is your divey, friendly local E.V. bar. It’s down and dirty, just like you.
Grace Jones is an icon. Most of us know this, but it bears repeating. Her music has influenced, to some degree, pretty much every pop act to follow her. And her image has always pushed it for me. So last week, I was excited to see that Thee Suburbia, one of my fav Brooklyn queens (clock her in GAYLETTER Issue 7’s makeup wipe story!) is taking her appreciation of Grace Jones to the next level. This Friday, May 18th, she’s debuting her new monthly Grace Jones tribute show — and dance party! — called Pull Up To My Bumper. The party takes its name from Jones’ hit single “Pull Up To The Bumper,” off her pivotal 1981 album “Nightclubbing.” The party’s objective is to honor Jones’ Studio 54 era and “throughout the night it will have a progressive house vibe. For the debut party, DJ Eric Bloom will be giving the beats.” Thee Suburbia will perform along with Ruby Fox and Philadelphia’s Vinchelle. Merlot and a couple of other lovely queens are hosting and you can get your photo taken by Gypsy Hill. There will also be a pop-up lash shop and comic vendor. It sounds like it’s going to be a great night. If for some reason you can’t make it though, don’t stress girl. The party will happen every third Friday of the month. Go ahead and pull up to the bumper and honor a true queen!