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Friday 12.19.14

The launch of the new party: DOJO

An event presented by Rivkah and Pandy

Tuesday 12.16.14

Hi, Paul

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Paul was born and raised in Oakdale, Long Island — he’s a senior in High School. He’s so far the youngest of our selfie boys but he’s already dating and all of that, sweet right? Paul is not a virgin, he even dated a few girls to experiment, but never had sex with them, so that makes him a gold star gay. He found out that he was gay when he was 15 and that’s when he told his parents — he couldn’t deny his attraction to Zayn Malick any longer. Shortly after that he meet his first boyfriend. He’s now single.

 

He’s hoping to become an english teacher when he “grows up.” His favorite part of his body is his butt “it’s nice lol” and in other guys he love arms. His idea of a perfect date “would be going to a coffee shop and walking around NYC.” He told me he prefers dating guys that are a few years older than him. “I like spanish guys. brown hair, brown eyes…I don’t like blondes or light eyes at all.” Interracial! His only beauty routine is dealing with his hair, which takes him a lot of time to get right, “some product, blow dry and hair spray.” He hates working out, “I go sometimes,” he prefers sleeping, it’s one of the things that makes him the happiest. I don’t blame him going to the gym can get boring.

 

We asked Paul to take a few selfies wearing our GAYLETTER t-shirt — here’s what he came up with.

 

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Monday 12.15.14

Black Lives Matter: Millions March NYC Protest

Sunday 12.14.14

BABY TEA :: SAT.12/13

A new monthly with the Dauphine of Bushwick and Guest DJs. December featured DJs Yackez and Charlene and birthday gals Arantxa Araujo and Larissa Velez-Jackson

Saturday 12.13.14

A Murray Little Christmas

Featuring Bridget Everett, Perle Noire, Trixie Little, Mr. Gorgeous, Carmine Covelly & The Craig's List Quartet

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The “reigning patriarch of downtown performance,” Murray Hill kicks off the festive season on December 13th with his annual sold-out show, A Murray Little Christmas. A staple of the New York comedy and the burlesque scene, he’s performed, emceed, hosted and cameo-d across the world, accruing rave reviews from the likes of the New York Times, Time Out and New York Magazine — and of course he’s a GAYLETTER favorite.

 

With his signature blend of comedy, music and heart, this one night only performance is an absolute must. And no cocktail holiday party would be complete without the riotous Bridget Everett, one of this year’s VIP guests, who will join Perle Noire, Trixie Little, Mr. Gorgeous and Carmine Covelli (a.k.a. Sebastian the Elf) in ensuring this is a night to remember (or not, depending on how free flowing the booze is).

 

A Murray Little Christmas’ home this year is (Le) Poisson Rouge, and doors open at 6:30PM. Tickets — if you’re lucky enough to find any left — can be purchased here. So get your dose of holiday cheer, and have a gay ol’ time.

Monday 12.08.14

Regarding Susan Sontag

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Critic, playwright, mother, lover, one of the most controversial writers and social critics, campaigner for civil rights, anti-war activist, one of the most intelligent women in America, writer of 17 books, lover of both men and women — Yes I am referring to none other than Susan Sontag, America’s last great intellectual rockstar. The woman just could not stay away from conflict. She so poignantly said, “I guess I go to war because I think it’s my duty to be in as much contact with reality as I can be and war is a tremendous reality in our world.” How right she is. Thankfully HBO is airing a brilliant documentary this month on Susan aptly called, Regarding Susan Sontag that chronicles her life with archival footage of herself and those that loved and respected her with her own words read by actress Patricia Clarkson.

 

On writing, Susan explains, “It’s a way of paying attention to the world, you’re just an instrument for tuning into as much reality as you can.” Often she criticized that reality as she found critics to be the most interesting writers of our time. The accolades are many — coming from some of the most influential and provocative thinkers of the 20th century, many who are featured in this smart, snappy documentary. She is worthy of the praise, and this film is worthy of your time.

 

The film premieres Dec. 8 at 9:00PM on HBO and airing several dates in December.

Thursday 12.04.14

Queer Biennial in Miami!

Hotel Gaythering hosts the first queer group show during Basel 2014

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From December 4th-7th the “hetero friendly” Hotel Gaythering will be hosting the first Queer Biennial during Miami Art Basel 2014 titled Art on the Edge in a Warm Climate.” Bringing together some of the biggest names in the Queer art world. The show features a large range of different media, from installations to drawing salons. It’s curated by Rubén Esparza and presented by Alex Guerra and Sephan Ginez.

 

Some of the featured artists (which include some GAYLETTER friends and contributors) are Rick Castro, Ben Cuevas, Rubén Esparza, Connie Fleming, Jon Vaz Gar, Angela Gleason, Glen Hanson, Chasen Igleheart, Josef Jasso, Brian Kenny, Bruce LaBruce, Alex La Cruz, Scooter LaForge, Jeremy Lucido, Ian MacKinnon, Slava Mogutin, Mel OdomGio Black Peter, Miguel Angel Reyes, Robert W. Richards, Tawnie Silva, Jacques Smith,  Alonso Tapia, Joey Terrill, Maurice Vellekoop, Rich Yap, Austin Young and the list goes on. If you are in Miami this week and want to take a break from the massive fair and possibly run away from some of the most pretentious galleries in the world this is the place for you. If you are not into queer specific art, maybe because you are homophobic or ashamed of being gay, or simply “don’t like labels” but you want to get laid during the day, you’d probably have a good chance here. They’ll be hosting several receptions during Basel on December 4, 5, 6, 7, from 7:00PM – 11:00PM — told you, there’s gonna be plenty of cruising!

 

For more information: queerbiennial.com

 

 

Wednesday 12.03.14

AMORESUPERM drawing performance at La Fresh Gallery

Slava Mogutin & Brian Kenny's collaborative show is on view in Madrid through Jan 30th. Pictured here is a performance during the show by Brian Kenny, Leo Rydell Jost, Miguel Lahuerta Berazaluce & Roc Alemany at La Fresh Gallery

Monday 12.01.14

PRETTYUGLY THANKSGIVING EDITION

With Nicolas Ballinger, Paul Iacono, Abi Benitez, Paul Musial, Hari Nef, Ty Pike, Max Ryder, Drew Elliot, Adam Werner, Becka Diamond and many more...

Sunday 11.30.14

The Last One: Unfolding The Aids Memorial Quilt

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This is a serious and moving film about the AIDS quilt, and it is only fitting that it will be released on December 1 on iTunes — World AIDS Day — so we will not soon forget that this epidemic is still in our midst. The film is about this extraordinary international art project born in the eighties out of a need to physically express grief for those passing from AIDS and to wage a worldwide battle for greater treatment and understanding for the disease. I went to Washington D.C. in 1987 when the quilt was first laid down in front of the capitol on the National Mall and will NEVER forget its visual and social impact. In brief, “The Last One examines how stigma exacerbated and still fuels a disease that currently infects 34 million men and women and children around the globe including 50,000 new infections a year in the U.S. alone.” Wow, that’s a lot of numbers to digest, let me add this last one — 30 million lives have been lost to AIDS.

 

Remembrance, Warmth, Comfort and Love are the themes the quilt was born out of, a beautiful graveyard of sorts, each panel like a tombstone eloquently remembering one who was lost to AIDS. Please take a moment to remember those who perished and those still battling the disease and watch this film, it will give back to you ten fold.

 

Available on iTunes to rent or buy