Supe up your Pride with these new releases
It’s officially Pride Month, and the pop boys & girls have burst out the gate with a batch of anthems to power you through the ups and downs of summer summer summer. Hear ye now some songs to add to the playlists for your parties, heartbreaks, road trips and beachside Tequila Sunrises. Gag.
The race for Song of the Summer 2019 has begun. May the odds be ever in ha favor.
Here’s GAYLETTER’s official Pride Playlist 2019.
“Never Really Over” by Katy Perry
A Katy Perry single sounds like Katy Perry! The pop universe has untilted its axis: the ocean is clean, the sky is a purer blue than ever, and Obama’s just about to wrap up his third term. “Never Really Over” gives euphoria, effervescent nostalgia, and breezy self-acceptance. For the first time in years, Katy Perry goes to the bright upper limit of her range, which made smashes of “Hot ‘N Cold,” “Firework,” and, obviously, “Teenage Dream.” No more the mid-range whisper-growl of “Swish Swish” or the eerie neutral tone of “Bon Appétit.” The darkness of the Witness era has been processed into a hit whose ecstatic pitch can remind the pop-versed gay only of Madonna’s “Ray of Light.” Bless up.
“Mother’s Daughter” by Miley Cyrus
This lead single from her EP She Is Coming is a return to form for Miley Cyrus. It’s a full-on empowerment anthem, with a dark fury that we haven’t seen on a Miley song since “Can’t Be Tamed.” It’s a liberation for the “nasty woman,” the misogynist’s nightmare. …
The world premiere of the newly restored film about David Hockney and the painting that transformed the art world
With a special performance by Charlene and Tyler Ashley
Presented by Ty Sunderland — "where a love triangle meets a light prism!"
It’s pride 2019 in New York City, do you know where your children are? Hopefully reading our wrap up of the not-to-be-missed events happening over the next week and a half. We tried to weed through all the corporate sponsored shitshows (we might have one in here, but it’s a truly special one clearly planned by a smart queen atop the 46th floor of a glass tower in FiDi). Mostly we’ve tried to focus on events that truly represent what it means to have pride — the ones made by and for the rebellious, non-conformist queers who are ready to throw a brick in the name of human rights and have a dance in the name of a good time.
It’s 50 years since Stonewall: let’s celebrate what we’ve learned and make light of our mistakes (s/o Absolut). Especially as a new flourish of diversity and equity is ushered in throughout our community, we should acknowledge our past and present shortcomings while we look brightly towards the future. And what better way to do that than with parades, parties, and poppers.
R.I.P. Marsha P. Johnson
Kim Petras photographed by Luke Gilford for GAYLETTER issue 9.
THURSDAY JUNE 20
EVENT: ‘A BIGGER SPLASH’ AFTER-PARTY HOSTED BY GAYLETTER
This Thursday there is only one place you need to be. We are hosting a screening of David Hockney’s 1973 Semi-fictionalized documentary biopic. The film is set after a difficult break-up, where Hockney is left unable to paint, much to the concern of his friends. …
Ty Sunderland's Black and White Birthday Ball
Fred W. McDarrah was the first on-staff photographer for the Village Voice. His prolific photography captured both the pride and the struggles of the gay community toward the end of the 20th century. In 1994 McDarrah published a book of photographs focused on the changing queer community in Greenwich Village from the events of Stonewall up to the mid-1990s. 25 years later, a new, redesigned edition of McDarrah’s book has been released by OR Books — Pride: Photographs After Stonewall with a foreword by Hilton Als. It is no coincidence that the book was released this year, exactly 50 years after the Stonewall Riots. The book’s cover features several rioters and Stonewall patrons posing for a photograph during the riots. Above them, a message etched in chalk reads, “To fight for our country, they invaded our rights.”
Pride is split into two parts: photographs before Stonewall and photographs after Stonewall. The before section paints a vibrant picture of queer 1960s New York. Gay poets and writers like Frank O’Hara, W.H. Auden, and James Baldwin pose for portraits, a powerful photograph of the American transsexual icon Candy Darling, drag queens and transgender women competing in the Miss All-American Camp Beauty Pageant of 1967 are photographed wearing identical outfits and sashes that display their title. Actor-turned-activist, Jim Fouratt summarizes the decade: “I came to New York in the early ‘60s to be a bohemian/beatnik artist. I found the Actors Studio, Lee Strasberg, Greenwich Village, jazz, mary jane, gay bars, drag queens, Andy Warhol, the Judson Church performers, the Living Theater, the Caffe Cino and La Mama, civil rights marches and sit-ins, the Open Theater, Communist, poetry, dirty old men, Lenny Bruce, rich people, and my first real boyfriend. …