A new monthly queer Arab, Middle Eastern and North African soirée
You can be queer and Middle Eastern/North African. Did you know that? It's rough because society wants to see you as one or the other, which is fucked! Alex Khalifa, an old friend of GAYLETTER, has often used his own Egyptian heritage as a funnel for his art and drag, and now — with the help of his good friend Assia — parties! They’re starting a brand new party on 4/20 called Yalla! — which is Arabic for “let’s go, c’mon, move” because they saw a hole that needed filling. Their mission is to create an inclusive, brown, positive and generally supportive space where they could bring all of their friends, and their friends’ friends, plus whoever might wander into Friends & Lovers, together for a grand old evening of dancing. “We basically just want to create a shared qtpoc space where our community can celebrate their identities and feel supported,” they told me. “Especially in these tricky times / current political climate, where immigrant rights and Muslim and Middle Eastern people’s rights are being needlessly challenged.” Bring your best vibe, because they said you should expect lots of hugs, kisses, dancing. All kinds of wind and shake vibes. It’s refreshing to hear about a party that sounds welcoming, rather than cliquey… or just downright ragey. I guess how could it not be? The bar is called Friends & Lovers after all.
This is a big one. I can hardly believe that this party is 10 years old. Nuts! Started by Amber Martin, John Cameron Mitchell, Angela Di Carlo, PJ DeBoy and Paul Dawson, Mattachine happens once a month at Julius’ — one of the oldest gay bars in the country, if not the world. The point of the party is pretty straightforward. They “spin vintage vinyl from queer yesteryear” and encourage those in attendance to have a dance, have a drink and have a good time. There’s not much space in this tiny bar for bad attitudes so please come correct. The bar serves food from its improbably placed kitchen throughout the night and the crowd is always wonderfully mixed. Young, old and everything in between. I have run into all kinds of queens at this party, from Dita Von Teese, to Nicole Kidman, Liv Tyler, Parker Posey, Michael Stipe, Drew Barrymore and Zach Quinto. It’s really one of those parties where anyone could show up. Congrats on 10 years of carrying. That’s a long time when it comes to a party. Can’t wait to help them celebrate!
Featuring two performances by Miz Cracker at the Grace Hotel in NYC
A few weeks ago you read Tom’s brief report of David Bowie Is: the sprawling, several gallery museum exhibition that features the late musicians costumes, personal ephemera and more. As a part of their Target First Saturday’s series, the Brooklyn Museum has tapped local nightlife go-getters Horrorchata and Tyler Ashley to bring their acclaimed Bushwig party to take over the Beaux-Arts Court and… thrown down. The show lineup is gaggy, mostly cause it features so many amazing NYC/Brooklyn performers who I’ve had the blessing of seeing many times, including the haunting Untitled Queen, Charlene: queen of all things that make you say wow, Patti Spliff, Maxxx Pleasure (amazing drag king I used to see perform at our Alma Mater, Purchase College) and others. If you haven’t been to one of these first Saturdays, I’ll quickly clue you in because one time I ended up at one by mistake and on a really high-dosage edible. The event will feel brief, and the space is a little bit moot, but it makes it the perfect place for Horrorchata and her gang to take over because lord knows they can make any space work. Plus, there is a bar, so really you just need to show up. If you’re a good time, you’ll arrive at 5:00PM on the dot to make the most of the happy hour(s), which goes until 7:00PM, and if you’re smart you’ll wear a lock that pays homage to David, the grandfather of all things bisexual and hero to butches, femmes, fags, dykes and punks everywhere.
I haven’t been to Nowhere bar in years, but I always tell people from out of town to go there when they ask me for a recommendation of where to go for a gay local bar. You know, Nowhere bar is your classic, gay, easy, no frills, no pretentia, gay dive bar. This Friday, April 6th, (wow we are already in April, wtf!) Cameron Cooper (who also has been DJing this party with Zah Cole of Gag) is bringing us his monthly party Cruise Control, which happens the first friday of every month. This time around with guest DJ Reaubert who told me that he’ll be going for “that dive bar aesthetic and sound” playing “a vinyl set of disco, house, italo disco and new wave.” Sounds super chill. Cameron created this party after doing a Pride event there, he told me that they wanted the music to be “classic gay 1970’s sexy music you’d want to hear while cruising someone. Disco, synth new wave that kind of vibe…Patrick Crowley, Grace Jones, Donna Summer, Divine, The Normal stuff like that. The mood board is Peter Berlin, Tom of Finland, tight tees heeled leather boots. But again that’s just the mood board only a few people show up like that.” Now, that you got all the details, get off the cruising phone apps for one night only and get to cruising real guys LIVE. Doesn’t it sound thrilling to do that in 2018?
Images from the latest edition of Heaven on Earth, presented by Ty Sunderland and featuring performances by queens Charlene, Ruby Fox and Wench
Photos from Ladyfag's latest gay rager
You know Ladyfag loves a good Friday night rager. At least, she told us that straight up, but her Friday night track record is lit: 11:11, Family Function, Clubber Down Disco — she knows how to turn up after the work week is over. It seems like Midtown is having some kind of gay-rage resurgence. There are a few parties that have just premiered above 35th Street, and while I’m naturally inclined to stay below 23rd, if someone’s hosting, I’m traveling. Trust and believe. Mouth Your Body is all tongue and cheek according to Lady. It’s at the old space that used to house Asseteria, so the dancefloor has a rich history. Lady said she brought the party back to a little Time Square underbelly street cause its dirty and that’s the way she likes it. There’s always a new generation of trans-kids, queer-clubbers, and flaming homos that are thirsty to take NYC nightlife by storm. I can’t keep up with the crowd that frequents Lady’s parties because they are all stars and I am Miss Congeniality. So, if you’re feeling like it’s your time to star-light, star-bright, the new Lady party is the place to start. Amanda Lepore will be there, Aquaria will be celebrating because Season 10 Ep. 1 is behind her, and the DJ line-up includes Lady staples like Michael Magnan (he’ll bring the techno), Just Dosha (she’ll bring the grime) and DiCap (he’ll bring you the pop). There’s more to the party, and GAYLETTER is sending a photographer. You know we love to make a bitch famous. Pay the cover and get your jush!