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.
This is exactly what we need to be doing this Friday night. And I’m not kidding. We all need to get our tight (or loose) butts to The Eagle for this very worthwhile jockstrap happy hour. Yes, you heard me right, a jockstrap happy hour. It is as exactly what it sounds like, but there is a twist that should warm all our little hearts. This particular jock strap happy hour at the Eagle in Chelsea is also a fundraiser for the “Leather Archives and Museum, a Chicago based organization dedicated to preserving the history of leather and kink.” I heard Dan Savage mention that when asked in surveys more than 50% of people say they have an interest outside of what is considered “normal” sexual behavior. This could be anything from voyeurism to feet, to of course, leather. Basically, he was arguing that if a majority of people have kinks then that should be what’s considered “normal” sexual behavior. I couldn’t agree more. I’m still discovering my kinks and I hope you are too. Kinks are fun. Go find a few more at The Eagle this Friday and raise some money for a good cause. It’s a win-win!
Edited by Edmund White
Like the very best jewels from the family vault, Edmund White, in 1991, gathered together these 32 stories about and by gay men. Spurred on in his idea by a very enthusiastic Robert McCrum, renowned editor of the equally renowned Faber and Faber, White set about to unearth as many gay treasures as he could: those he remembered liking the first time he read them, those he had heard positive words about, along with a few outings from (at the time) new writers, lending the collection a contemporary as well as a historical feel.
The Faber Book of Gay Short Fiction is a valuable and valued anthology. More than twenty years after its publication, its stories crackle with vitality and talent. Here is a gala gathering under the roof of one book of every legend of gay culture and the gay literary world, men now gilt in myth, gay history and the magic of words. So many versatile writers cover these pages, it is difficult to know where to begin —
Henry James’ The Pupil, quite the most amusing of the lot, delights with its tale of a near-unresolvable bond between a teacher and his young student. Gore Vidal’s bitter vetch piece, Pages from an Abandoned Journal, appears here and the old contrarian’s voice rings out eager and strong. Here also to be found is the tenderness of Denton Welch’s alarming encounter at a Swiss ski chalet, as well as the always salty, backwater perversities of James Purdy. …
"Today, we rise in resistance. We do it out of defiance and we do it out of love."
A new party by The Misshapes
Back in 2004 I used to be a regular at the party Misshapes, which was created by the NYC creative collective of DJs Greg Krelenstein, Leigh Lezark and Geordon Nicol (pictured). It used to be THE party to go to every Saturday, I probably made out with half the people there. It was lit and kissing everyone in sight was the thing that young drunk kids were doing. The party got so big that even Madonna came to DJ, I remember we all went nuts! The Misshapes are back with a weekly party called LINDA starting June 15 at the rooftop of the Public Hotel.
I reached out to them to learn more about it. Geordon told me that “The name LINDA just randomly came up and then about a week after talking about it I was watching the Gregg Araki movie ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ which is set in this county in California called Loma Linda, then coincidentally I was watching ‘Enter The Void’ and the first line of the movie is “Hey, LINDA” so I took it as a sign…..” Leigh added: “Those Lindas over there, Linda Evangelista, ¡Qué Linda!” The Misshapes will DJ every party, but they will also have a group of rotating DJs and hosts. Some of the peeps involved are Ty Sunderland, Joey Quiñones, Avie Acosta, Eli Escobar, Roman Jody, RJ King, Martin Gregory, Jordan Stawecki and many more. …
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.
It’s Pride Month, which means we all need a soundtrack to get us through the next few weeks of drinking, dancing and living our best lives as queer cunts and fabulous freaks: Yasss qweeen, werk, sashay away, no wait, shantay you stay, sissy that walk, GURL, oooooh, hunty! Sorry I just had to get that out of my system. Where was I? Oh music. And do we have a Pride Soundtrack for you! While planning our upcoming parties for next week we discovered a DJ named Byrell The Great. Let me tell you, I have been listen to his Vogue Workout mixtapes on Soundcloud for the last few hours and it is giving me all the motivation I need to push through this day that is most certainly wearing my last nerve! I don’t know what it is about this time of year, I should be all filled with pride, but I often get a case of the summertime sadness. It’s a fucking pain in the butt, BUT, Byrell the Great is really helping me pull my shit together and stop feeling sorry for myself. Thanks Byrell. If you’re in the mood for a pick-me-up, head on over to Soundcloud and search for BYRELL the GREAT. He goes inti!
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