It wouldn’t be a GAYLETTER Pride without a Paris is Burning screening. It’s also a great opportunity for those of you that haven’t seen this film. I mean if you haven’t I am not sure what you are doing on this earth, but here’s what it’s about: Paris Is Burning “is an intimate and moving portrait of the Harlem drag balls of the 1980s, which were, and are still held between rival “houses” that served at once as intentional families, social groups and performance teams. The film illuminates a world of sustenance and joy that one group of New Yorkers created in the face of racism, poverty, transphobia and homophobia, and won wide acclaim beyond Sundance.” The feature will be introduced by director Jennie Livingston and by Junior LaBeija and Dr. Sol Williams Pendavis, both of them are featured in the film. After you watch this film you’ll be ready for our PRIDE Ball at the Wythe Hotel (see Saturday). Amongst other things you’ll get to see an amazing presentation by the House of LaBeija and the House of Mugler. We are gonna have a Ball! #shedonealreadydonehadherses
Do you want a Jewish boyfriend? I do, and we’re both in luck because the fantastic, cutting edge Jewish Museum on 92nd St. and 5th Ave is hosting a Hebro Pride Party this Thursday, June 24th, from 6:00-10:00PM and included in the experience is exclusive access to all the current exhibitions which I had the pleasure of seeing already and they are quite intriguing. "Hebro was established in 2008 by Jayson Littman with the mission of creating a community of gay Jews to celebrate their unique culture and identity.” I say Mazeltov! There’s djs and an open bar for the entire evening. Last year 250 hot men came uptown for a Hebrew kiki. On the ground floor the exhibition is titled "Revolution of the Eye: Modern Art and the Birth of American Television," the first show of it’s kind to "explore how avant-garde art influenced the look and content of network tv in its formative years.” Upstairs Laurie Simmons (Lena Dunham’s mom) has six new portraits in “How We See” based on the “doll girl” community — you know those crazy people that alter themselves to look like Barbie, baby dolls and Japanese anime characters. I say you can’t plan a better evening out and who knows, you may just end up with a ripped Israeli hunk from Tel Aviv. Go get it!
NYC Pride is the perfect opportunity to indulge in some non-stop summer partying while also supporting the LGBTQ community and celebrating our fierce-as-fuck history. That being said, there are almost too many things to do, so GAYLETTER is here to lend a ‘helping hand.’ We’ve made you a definitive list of parties and community events that you can’t afford to miss — if it’s not on the guide, it’s probably not worth going to.
While I know we’re all about equality these days, don’t for one second think there isn’t a party-archy here: the GAYLETTER Pride Ball is all you’ll be doing this Saturday night — they’re ain’t no party like a GAYLETTER party ‘cos a GAYLETTER party is… MANDATORY! We’ve got free tequila, boys on PReP plus we’ll be donating a percentage of the tickets sales to FIERCE an awesome charity that helps support LGBTQI kids of color. Come for the vogueing, come for the surprise guest, or just come for the community. We’ll all be there.
Your Pride week starts now…
TUESDAY, JUNE 23
PARTY: Azealia Banks at WestGay
The legendary party WestGay is coming to an end. As one of their last events, they’re bringing the super-cunt Azealia Banks. It’s the grand exit for this iconic space, and it’s setting the tone for the rest of pride week. WestGay will not be forgotten.
$20, 10:00PM, The Westway @ 75 Clarkson Street, New York, NY.
Remember Strut? We do too. The pride edition is happening at Acme, a fabulous restaurant famous for attracting fashion queens. It all feels very “classy.” Acme is low-key, and the event has lots of nightlife staples like Sophia Lamar, Zachary Taylor, Mikey Hafez, Beverly Sage and Zach Ligas, to name a few. Start off pride week right — this place knows how to make a martini.
FREE, 10:00PM, 9 Great Jones St. New York, NY.
PARTY: 1969: A Gay Odyssey
Come to the Stonewall Bar to see Linda Simpson perform a “her-storical” recreation of the night of the infamous riots. But you better be high as fuck because you’re about to travel back in time with an ensemble cast that includes Amber Martin, Bailey Stiles, Macy Rodman and Merrie Cherry as they embark on a “nutty extravaganza” on the eve of history. There will drinks and Go-Go dancers and if you tell the doorman “I’m broke” you get in for half price. I just don’t know what else you could ask for?
$5-10, 8:00PM, 53 Christopher St. New York, NY.
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24
EVENT: Hebro Pride
Still looking for a Jewish boy to bring home to your mother? I’m not even Jewish, and I am. Whatever. Hebro has your quota taken care of. Taking place on the Upper East Side at the Jewish Museum, this event has got Charlotte York written all over it. There’s an open wine & beer bar and plenty of art to be seen, plus the space is gorgeous. Between the boys and the ambiance, you’ll be fully satisfied.
$25-35, 6:00PM – 10:00PM, 92nd and 5th Ave. New York, NY.
EVENT: Hunting Season Bar Crawl
I was originally dissuaded by the lack of information on the Facebook page, but I think we can just do a quick analysis of the event name for this one. Join the cast of Hunting Season for a bar crawl from Bar Catalina to Barrage to Boxers to Atlas Social Club to Therapy and then finally to Flaming Saddles. Every bar will have a drink special. You’re getting increasingly drunk with a group of “hunters.” Everyone’s looking for fresh meat. You’re on all fours.
THURSDAY, JUNE 25
EVENT: Velvet Gloves X highline: Pride edition
So, I’m inclined to go to this just to watch boys hit each other. Velvet Gloves has teamed up with the High Line for some pride-week boxing catharsis. With Francisco Liuzzi from Innervation Fitness, you will be lead through warm-up, technique, mitt/glove work, and cool-down. It’s sure to be sweaty, so make sure to bring water and wear appropriate clothing. I’m thinking singlets. Just don’t forget your own 180” handwraps. There will be no fist to face contact, so you can still look cute for the weekend. Beginners welcome.
FREE, 7:00PM, 14th Street Overpass on the High Line, New York, NY.
PARTY: Pat Pride
All you have to do is look at the list of DJs: Lady Miss Kier, JD Samson, Aaron Clark, Amber Valentine, Vicki Powell, and Robi D Light. Plus, Union Pool’s front and back offer plenty of space to find your next Brooklyn hook up. We’re not totally sure if the decor is a gimmick, but this place is always playing the best music and hosting our favorite DJs, so we don’t read too much into it.
FREE, 10:00PM, 484 Union Ave. Brooklyn, NY.
Barefoot Wine Bear Garten Pride Celebration
What queen doesn’t love the idea of a free wine event during Pride? Be real. We know, it’s Barefoot, but DJ Kevin Graves is in charge of music and it’s hosted by Miss Holly Dae, so just get over it. Also Rupaul’s Drag Race winner and everyone’s favorite narcoleptic Jinkx Monsoon will be performing (not sleeping) with fan fave Alaska – hiiiiiiiiiiiie!
Free, 7:00-10:00PM, The Park, 118 10th Ave, New York, NY 10011
PARTY: DUH Pride
DUH NYC is kicking off the weekend with their signature Thursday night banger, and they’ve stepped it up for all the fresh homos here for pride. “Young Bloods” anyone? Anyway, they’ve got MIA’s protege Rye Rye performing, along with Chapman, Stezus Christ, and Ray Ray. The hosts include Gitoo, Corey Wash, Rembrandt Duran, and Jeff Dorsman. There’s an open bar. There’s a cotton candy machine. It’s Not “duhrassic park” themed. All signs say yes.
FREE,11:00PM, 244 West 14th St. New York, NY.
FRIDAY, JUNE 26
FILM: Paris is Burning
If you haven’t seen Paris Is Burning, I’m not sure where you’ve been, but here’s your chance. BRIC and Celebrate Brooklyn are screening the film in Prospect Park. Naturally, there is a ball to follow. There will be an introduction from the film’s director Jennie Livingston, and cast members Junior LiBejia and Dr. Sol Williams Pendavis. Vjuan Allure is DJing both ends of the event so voguing is expected. Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza and Jose Disla Xtravaganza will present The Houses United Ball post-screening. Members from the Houses of LaBeija, Xtravaganza, Mizrahi, Khan, Infinity, Milan, Princess will be there. That’s a lot of bolded names. What we really mean to say is: it’s going to be everything hunties…
7:30PM, 141 Prospect Park W. Brooklyn, NY.
As you can see by the size of this post, “less is more” has nothing to do with Everybooty. This event covers all four floors of the BAM Fisher Building — from basement to rooftop, its got everything from booze, to art, to readings, to performances. Curated by SPANK, Sarah Jenny, and Big Art Group – they’re not kidding when they say “more-is-more.” The list of performers is so big we don’t even have a cute way to work them into the post: Will Sheridan, Mizz June, The Feath3r Theory, Turnt Up Trifecta (Untitled Queen, Horrorchata & Merrie Cherry with special guest Lady Quesa D’illa), I AM A BOYS CHOIR, Bianca Dagga, BB Heart, The Incredible, Edible Akynos, The Dance Cartel, DJ Sean Be (SPANK), DJ Matty Horrorchata (BE CUTE), DJ Deputy (XANADUDE), and DJ Sveta Spins. It’s a lot. The last three years have sold out so it’s set to be a kickass night. It’s Brooklyn’s take on pride and naturally sounds artsy as fuck. Yas for visual arts!
$20-25, 8:00PM, 321 Ashland Pl. New York, NY.
PARTY: Fantasy: Burlesque Masquerade
The two things we think of when we read Burlesque Masquerade are Gerard Butler in Phantom of the Opera and Leonardo Dicaprio in Romeo + Juliet. We’ve got the full twink to daddy spectrum here. The event is at NYC’s queer hot spot the Diamond Horseshoe and they’ve invited some out-of-towner DJ’s, so put on a kinky facade and come pick up an anonymous person to go home with.
$39-59, 10:00PM, 154 Christopher Street, Suite 1D, New York, NY.
“In our heaven, IRL and URL combine” is the best and worst thing I’ve ever heard, but regardless I’m interested. Factory Girls and The Culture Whore are hosting, and there are performances by Yolo Ono, JX Cannon, David Sokolowski, J Lamar, and Charlene. The party seems to be pushing the idea of gender fluidity while blurring internet and real life personas. Come as whoever the fuck you want. You might meet an Instagram crush or maybe just your local Grindr troll. But it’s nice to put a face to a username, right? Could be love.
$10-20, 11:00PM, 43 Scott Ave. Brooklyn, NY.
Hot Rabbit teamed up with Live Nation for pride which is pretty mainstream but we can get into it. They’ve turned the old Gramercy Theatre into a two floor, four bar venue so you will be able to cruise left, right, and center. Jiggly Caliente is performing. Remember when she walked the runway swinging the fake, severed leg? Mmhhmm, us too. Hot Rabbit was voted best in queer nightlife by a bunch of different media outlets so they’re going all out for this pride event.
$20-25, 11:00PM – 4AM, Gramercy Theatre, 127 E. 23rd St. New York, NY.
EVENT: Coffee Grinder
The poster for this event features sprinkles which are gay but they also vaguely look like popper bottles which are even gayer. Yas isopentyl nitrate! The event says they’re going to have your usual drinks but also sweets so if you like wine and dessert this event is a yes. Plus, it’s early in the evening so just get a little tipsy and get a leg up on the sugar daddy search.
FREE, 8:00PM – 11:00PM, Baked, 279 Church Street, New York, NY 10013
SATURDAY, JUNE 27
EVENT: GAYLETTER Pride Ball
This is the only place you need to be on Saturday night. We’re coming back for another Pride Ball at the Wythe Hotel. Expect the hottest, horniest and friendliest boys in New York City and a one-hour open tequila bar. Yes God! Need we say more? With performances by HOUSE OF LABEIJA, HOUSE OF MUGLER, JAY BOOGIE, and A SURPRISE GUEST, you should be celebrating pride with us. DJ sets by MICHAEL MAGNAN, JOEY LABEIJA, and UNiiQ3. Our guest hosts include FRANKIE SHARP, LEO GUGU and more… It’s going to be a voguing extravaganza. Plus it’s for a good cause! You better sisssy that walk. See you then.
$20, 7:00PM-1:00AM, 80 Wythe Ave. Brooklyn, NY.
SUNDAY, JUNE 28
EVENT: Pride at The Bellhouse
When I saw Alice from the Brady Bunch as the poster-gal for this event, I assumed it was going to be lame as fuck. But it turns out this event is for a fabulous cause! All proceeds go to SAGE, an organization that supports LGBTQ seniors. Featuring John Early, Jemima Kirke and other writers, actors and drag rappers — the Bellhouse booked everyone. The performers even include some GAYLETTER favorites: Cole Escola, Isaac Oliver, and Hamm Samwich, with a special guest Julie Klausner.“What if ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ were hosted by four Mirandas?” Honestly, we have no idea how to even begin answering that, but go support a great cause and find out!
$16, 8:00PM, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY
EVENT: PAG NYC
After 12 years in Berlin, Tel Aviv, London & Belgium, PAG has finally landed in NYC for a post-parade blow out. The DJs for the night are Mikëy Hefez (MTV israel) and Sammy Jo (Scissor Sisters), and the hosts include The Culture Whore, Merrie Cherry, The Dauphne of Bushwick, Domonique Echeverria, and more. If you couldn’t read the poster because of the “bunnies butt-fucking” font it’s written in, you’re not alone. But we get the point — this party is going to be wild.
4PM – 12AM, The Park, 118 10th Ave. New York, NY
EVENT: Dance on the Pier
Do gay people like Ariana Grande? Regardless, Dance on the Pier is in it’s 29th year and who better to celebrate with than that little tiny Italian girl and the LGBTQ community. Hopefully she performs Break Free because One Last Time floats no one’s boat. All proceeds go towards LGBT pride events and local LGBT community organizations. Yes for small business and yes for helping out all of our fellow queers! Fireworks end the night, just in time to usher in July 4th weekend.
$25, 3PM – 10PM, Pier 26, New York, NY. 10013
PARTY: The Unofficial Pier Dance After Party, Glow In The Dark Blacklight Party
So when you aren’t quite done dancing after your time at the Pier, the afterparty is at the Griffin. If you haven’t been, it’s a fieeerce “5 million dollar venue.” Wear whatever feels most EDM-chic: neons, white, kandi, molly… it’s a black-light party so everyone’s going to be fucked up anyway. As a bonus, 50% of door proceeds will be donated directly to the Hetrick-Martin Foundation (Supporter of the Harvey Milk High School) and two outside corporations are matching the final donation, so the total will be TRIPLED. Money, money, money, honey!
$25, 3PM – 10PM, Pier 26, New York, NY. 10013
PARTY: Foxy Brown
Seriously, WestGay is going for it before they close out. Presented by Frankie Sharp, Diesel, and of course The WestWay, this party has a mean line-up and an actual list of the beautiful people that will be there. Performers include Juliana Huxtable, Joey Labeija, Cazwell & Friends, and Foxy Brown herself. The faces that will grace the evening are Lafem Ladosha, Amy Cakes, Kayrizz, Will Wikle, Chris Harder, and Levi Karter, to name a few. Yes, “beautiful people lists” are everything we want to hate, but what if that list started to overlap with your “fuck list?” I smell social capital!
It’s the annual T-Dance BBQ pride daytime rager. I’m not totally sure what that means, but I know there is going to be music and food and day drinking. Fine, fine and fine. Could be the perfectly masc way to close out a week of faggery, or maybe one last meat fest. Make of it what you will, it’s going to be hot.
$10, 3:00PM – 12:00AM, 18-20 Flushing Ave. Ridgewood, New York, NY.
So, the “largest fetish block party on the East Coast” is coming to town, Sunday June 21st. I know that might already be enough said, but it gets even better. The fair, Folsom Street East, features the incredibly talented photographer Benjamin Fredrickson, the theme of the event is “THE NEW YORK YOU WERE WARNED ABOUT,” and the proceeds directly benefit New York City Anti-Violence Project and Visual AIDS. Yas, yas, and yaasss.
Fredrickson is best known for his Polaroids recently featured in the Museum of Art and Design and reviewed by the New Yorker, which only had nice things to say (!?). “Over all, the balance of raunch and finesse is finely calibrated.” His self portraits, erection in full curve, microphone resting between his lips, and camera in clear view, are particularly hard to forget. But once again, ‘it gets better.’ Fredrickson himself will be taking Polaroid portraits at his Pop-Up Studio during the festivities. Yes Hunty, you might get the chance to make a leather-harness-latex-suit-jockstrap memory with a famous photographer.
But even if that particular celebration of the “rebellious spirit of the New York kink and fetish scene” isn’t your style, the event is complete with a beer garden, a full line up of live stage entertainment, and lots and lots of sexy goodies.
$10, 11:00AM-4:00PM, West 27th between 10th and 11th Ave. NY, NY.
A two day beach blow out at the new Brooklyn night bazaar
White speedos drenched in tequila, vacuum-sealed to dripping bubble butts. Got your attention? Great, listen up because it’s real. Richard Kennedy is producing a “full beach fantasy on the only beach in NYC you can drink on” (Riis Beach) under his latest Gallery / Production house, Olympus. The party, F.R.A.T & Sisters, is this entire weekend Saturday, June 20th – Sunday, 21st, literally all day.
There’s live music in the afternoons, DJ sets in the evenings, and playful water fights all day through. Performers include NO BRA, Cunt Mafia, Richard Kennedy, and Team Buffy. DJ sets range from Calore to Volvox to Peter Fonda. And that’s, like, 1/16th of all the music you’ll hear. Pack your noodle, slip on your jammer, and pick up a 6-pack, the beach parties are upon us.
FREE, 1:00PM-8:00PM, Riis Beach, New York, NY. 11694
When I read about this exhibition my first reaction was: Yasss! I know some of you hate the word yasss but get over yourself, it’s just a word and it’s here to stay just like Caitlyn, Tina or Beyonce. Now that I’ve addressed that let me tell you why I am yasssing about this current exhibition. It’s all about one of my favorite female artists, the Mexican legend Frida Kahlo. Frida was very inspired by the garden at Casa Azul in Mexico (it was the house she grew up in, and returned to before her death) — so they recreated in the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx! For those of you that have never been to the Bronx here’s your excuse to go. It’s Summer, smoke a joint and take a trip out there. This is the first exhibition to examine Frida’s “appreciation for the beauty and variety of the natural world, as evidenced by her home and garden as well as the complex use of plant imagery in her artwork.” The exhibition also features “a rare display of more than a dozen original Kahlo paintings and works on paper…” In addition, during the run of this exhibit they will have all kinds of events including “talks, panels, and artists in residence.” Check the NYBG’s site for more info. Try to take your parents to the “Frida al Fresco” evenings, “with live musical performances and margaritas in the outdoor cantina.” Yasss?
Plus watch the 'SHOW ME YOUR D*CK' music video
He might be white, but at least he’s rapping about uncut dick in a thongitard. Woof woof. Furry Bear rapper, Big Dipper, is putting on a free concert on June 17 at Pianos NYC. If you know him from his earlier video “Drip Drop,” don’t hold it against him. His latest feature in Marti Gould Cummings’ brand new music video, SHOW ME YOUR D*CK, is clever and catchy. I’ve already watched it like 5 times. Come down to the Lower East Side and feed your inner Size Queen, this song is about to be her summer anthem. “It’s a simple request. I want to touch it. And taste it. But make sure I don’t break it.”
FREE, 11:00PM, Pianos NYC, 158 Ludlow St. NY, NY.
We are usually pretty light on coverage of lesbian events, it’s not because we don’t like lesbians, it’s simply because we are not lesbians and we don’t get sent enough lesbian events. The fact is “pussy” is one of our favorite words — It’s kind of sad we don’t have any lesbian friends, but we’re happy one finally reached out to us about this event. “How about an event for the ladies?” is what the message read. The “one and only lesbian dating app,” HER is hosting a “major” party this Friday, June 12 at The Royal for the Season 3 premiere of Orange is the New Black!!! I am so fucking excited about this, I am just gonna jump and scream for a minute. Yassssss! They told us that they are bringing “girls on girls on girls, prison hooch, and an intimate photo booth” to the party. I have no words to describe how cool that all sounds, I just want to finish writing this post so my hands are free. Even better all our readers go for FREE using the code: friends. We will post the link on our Facebook page shortly for you to reserve your ticket. Power to the pussy!
The awesome indie food magazine Put A Egg on It just released their 10th issue and they are going to be having a “tasty release party” at Von. Hosted by the legendary Linda Simpson with music by the amazing JD Samson, plus, fried eggs by Jenn De La Vega. I have never had fried eggs at a party. Here’s what you should expect from issue 10: “we’re finally putting a egg on it! Put A Egg On It #10 is a feast of dishes such as Andy Warhol’s kitchen portraits of fabulous friends, Lars K. Huse’s charming illustrated guide to goat cheese on the Norwegian island of Håøya and Dustin Wayne Harris’s photos of First Date Cakes. Sarah Keough joins our New Orleans family for a festive pork stew dinner. Kati Krause and Mike Albo explore the connection between love, longing, obsession and food, Charles Graeber reminisces about cooking at a fading hotel on a Maine island while Danyel Smith tries to change her habitual cocktail.” Limited open bar of Negronis (OMG my fave!) followed by a drink special after. Let’s go and support this awesome indie publication! Everything’s better with an egg on top.
This is probably the most Brooklyn thing you’ll do all year, yes even more Brooklyn than the “Celebrate Brooklyn” event we wrote up for Wednesday. It’s an art party in a parking lot in Bushwick with pizza and beer, and it’s sponsored by Vice and Vans. It could be a disaster, but even if it is you’ll have delicious slices of Roberta’s pizza to distract you. The pizza/art party is happening both days this weekend (June 6 and 7). “DJs Spliffington and Trice Cat will provide the beats, along with a guest set by Hot Girls Eating Pizza (naturally).” Parking lot parties remind me of Melbourne (where I grew up) I guess there’s plenty of empty ones in that city so they were popular for music festivals and dance parties. If I could give you a tip for attending an event like this it would be to wear a hat and use sunscreen. Parking lots aren’t known for their shade, so you’ll likely heat up pretty quickly. Drink lots of water, and beer and water and then more beer, and don’t forget the pizza, and the art... oh hell, have I sold you on this thing yet!?