Celebrating the best of NYC Nightlife — This year was hosted by RuPaul’s Drag Race winner Bob The Drag Queen and drag superstar Brita Filter
With DJ Skype Williams and performances by Juku, Panthera, Mahal Kita and West Dakota
The event took place in Bushwick at Rubulad — with guest performances by some of his friends Charlene Incarnate, Merlot, Bill Priss, Baby Love and Juku
A quarter century has passed since the death of an artistic legend. We dive deep into his archive to unearth his sublime photographs and remember his story.
Art has the capacity to balance seemingly incompatible qualities — self-expression and communal tribute, tangible materiality and metaphysical essence, fading ephemerality and boundless eternity. American artist Steven Arnold (1943-1994) embodied these dualities, proving that the dark shadow of death cannot exist without the shining light of life. His enduring legacy is memorialized in an upcoming exhibit at New York’s International Center of Photography and a new documentary Steven Arnold: Heavenly Bodies.
When Arnold died in 1994 amid the AIDS crisis, he left behind a vast body of work. During his life, he fluttered between different modes of art-making — painting, drawing, sculpture, film, photography, fashion, and set design. A pioneer of cultural revolution, Arnold was at the forefront of counter-culture in the ’60s, but meandering through different eras with an indulgent grace, he defied limiting himself to one genre or style. In the ’70s, he was a dashing surrealist; in the ’80s, a mystical revisionist historian. Today, he’s often remembered for his role in launching the gender-bending performance troupe the Cockettes and for studying under Salvador Dalí as his protégé.
Premiering at Outfest at the MOCA Grand in Los Angeles this past July, director Vishnu Dass’s biographical documentary brings together interviews with friends like Simon Doonan, Rumi Missabu, and Holly Woodlawn along with photos and other artworks from the Steven Arnold Archive to illustrate the rich tapestry of the artist’s singular life. Together these elements work to narrate Arnold’s artistic passage from an imaginative student through his experiments with film and psychedelics, and on toward founding a studio in Los Angeles in the ’80s, where he began his distinctive black-and-white tableau vivant photography. …
Featuring Juku, West Dakota, Magenta, Baby Love and DJ Dreamboi at The Vault
With hosts Harrison Curley, Airik Henderson, Justin Moran, Rebecca Brosnan, Laurel Charleston, Nick Laughlin, The Coyle Twins, Eliel Cruz, CT Hedden, Matt McMahon, Arturo Kozlov, Remy Duran, Terence Edgerson, Ruby Fox and Paul Tomasiello
The house of Bushwig took over The Sultan Room at The Turks Inn in Brooklyn for an interplanetary NYE
Our favorite photographs that went to print in 2019
To keep an independent print publication alive in 2019 comes with lots of challenges, especially when it has a queer focus. With the current state of print, the negativity that often comes from our own community — you certainly can’t make everyone happy (perhaps in 2020, let’s start practicing being more supportive and spreading more LOVE) and of course the cost that’s required to produce stories at a high-quality, it’s a tough time for print. Thankfully we continue to hustle and are still able to push through and keep GAYLETTER Magazine going strong. We never take for granted the support we get from everyone who values and appreciates the work we put out.
This year we printed 2 issues, with 3 covers, photographed by Collier Schorr, Steven Arnold and Daniel Rampulla. It still leaves us with such satisfaction to be able to print and share with you so many powerful images featuring LGBTQ people from different types of background and places around the world, captured by many artists and creators who each are part of the GAYLETTER legacy.
We decided to share some of our favorite images from the past 12 months. It was difficult narrowing it down to just 20. We love every image we print, but you can’t have a ‘best of’ without narrowing it down to a handful of the best.
So, here are our top photographs (in no particular oder) from GAYLETTER Magazine in 2019. See you in 2020!
TJ FEATURED IN THE ‘NECKS’ STORY IN GAYLETTER ISSUE 10. …
A closing ceremony event for Naoyasu Mera and Sho Konishi at Superchief Gallery NY with Sammy Kims, West Dakota, Papi Juice and many more