27 November 2012

Thanksgiving 2012


Thanksgiving is that special time of year when friends, family, and loved ones come together to give thanks for all that they are grateful. If you're Southern it means the entire house smells of a delicious blend of foods all day, everyone is hollerin' and slightly (if not completely) intoxicated, and no one is paying any mind to dietary restrictions. This is not the time of year to be sticking to a strict diet and workout routine in the first place. Wait until after the holidays are over and then you can go back to the gym, pick up some weights, get your butt to the treadmill, and shed off your Turkey Day calories. Now raise your glasses for a toast to a little bit of turkey fried!

20 November 2012

Trevor Project Fall Fête 2012


The Angel Orensanz Center in the Lower East Side

Trevor NextGen is a volunteer division of The Trevor Project whose main goals include raising awareness and promoting the growth of Trevor's programs through outreach and fundraising events in the community. One such event includes our annual Fall Fête which was emceed by Avenue Q's John Tartaglia, and featured music by DJ Lina. The evening included live musical entertainment by Anthony Rapp from the original Broadway cast of Rent, upscale silent auction items, a deluxe raffle ticket prize, and of course a hosted bar.

13 November 2012

Welcome Home, Cassidy!

Ted and I are professional cuddlers.

Winter is coming... the leaves are falling, the skies turning grey - even the weather is steadily dropping and my need for warmer clothes and a cuddle buddy are increasing. Sure, I have Theodore to keep me warm but I need something slightly bigger than a cub. Maybe a husbear? The search for him continues but in the meantime I'd like to introduce y'all to the newest addition to the family! (Seriously, when does the new Game of Thrones season start?)

06 November 2012

Elections Are Fun, But I'd Rather Go Apple Picking


The title of this posting says it all, really. If you haven't already, get in line right now and cast your vote for the 2012 presidential elections. If you've already done so, congratulations you've made the right choice now have a shot or seven with me at the bar - that is if you voted for Obama, if you didn't get the fuck out right now. No, seriously. Get out. Elections can be a fairly stressful time so as the minutes pass to hours and the time waiting for results turns to anxiety I like to remember the simpler times of yesterweek when I was in upstate New York picking apples, zip-lining down mountains, and getting absurdly drunk with my dearest friends in the hot tub. Join me, won't you? The water's great.

05 November 2012

Halloween 2012

I don't think we're in Kansas anymore...

Having only told a few people what my Halloween costume this year, many were dumbfounded by the clues I left in the days leading up to Halloweekend and the main event. They were left in the dark until I dropped a house on them by revealing my ruby slippers, a gorgeous pair of red sequin pumps in a women's size 10. I totally lucked out when finding these shoes at the big Halloween store down in Union Square and, upon purchasing them, knew my outfit was complete! Down the yellow brick road we go!

24 October 2012

I Feel Pretty

I feel pretty, and witty, and gay!

I am, by no means, an expert on skincare but what I am about to impart upon y'all are the tips and advice given to me by friends who have amazing skin and their regular routine to achieving a healthy, beautiful face. I started a new regimen this morning with some of my favorite products and will hopefully have clearer skin by this Halloweekend, but if not I'll just cover my damn face with paint and be done with it. A big contributor to my constant breakouts is my consistently high stress levels which is why I, like many of you should be doing as well, am learning to breathe. It not only keeps us alive but also lowers our stress levels and increases our oxygen intake for a much healthier, happier you. So breathe, dammit!

11 October 2012

Happy National Coming Out Day!


Today is National Coming Out Day, an annual celebration of ones self-identifaction as a member of the LGBTQI community by "coming out" of the proverbial closet. Founded in 1988 to promote progress through visibility, we as a community have come a very long way in our quest towards equality. I've heard a lot of people exclaim that it seems ridiculous to have a specific day to celebrate being out, open, and proud of our sexual orientation, that our lives should be a testament to this very fact. I agree. Choosing to live openly as queer individuals encourages others to do the same and shows them that they are not alone and have a family and community that accepts and loves them for who they are.

10 October 2012

Justin Sayre



Justin Sayre is best known as the creator and writer of the hit downtown comedy variety show The Meeting* and it’s annual benefit, Night of A Thousand Judys. He has also performed at Comix, “Our Hit Parade” at Joe’s Pub. Justin has contributed a to the Radical Faerie Digest – one of the oldest gay publications in the country. In 2011, two of his short plays were presented by the “Fame and Shame on the LES” performance series.

An evening of his short plays, Justin Sayre Is Alive and Well… Writing – called one of the “Top 10 Events on the New York Stage” by the New York Daily News – sold out two shows at Ars Nova in April. In June, Justin co-wrote and narrated a new adaptation of Stravinsky’s “The Soldier’s Tale” for the Greenwich Music Festival, which was called “a thought-provoking, atmospheric performance” by Greenwich Times. He will be hosting a reading of his New Play, The Click of the Lock at the Cherry Lane Theater presented by {Your Name Here} Theater Company in New York this coming Tuesday, the 16th of October.


I interview the wonderfully talented Justin Sayre for our second installment of queer icons for October's LGBT History Month. As an acclaimed actor, writer, and director Justin has made his mark in the art world with his intelligence, sharp wit, and of course his dashing good looks. My interview with him not only vividly shows how truly remarkable this man is, but also how blessed I am to know and call him a friend. I mean, come on! Who could ask for anything more?

My dearest Justin, what is the where, when, why, and how of your experience with coming out of the closet?

Believe it or not, my coming out was a long and arduous task. Not for the world of course, everyone I knew, or came in contact with identified me straight away as a faggot, but perhaps that was the problem. I deeply resented that everyone could know something so deeply personal and private about me in an instant. And especially something I was uncomfortable with.  I really sort of trickled out, my friends at 19, teachers, colleagues,  slowly. My mother and father last, who I think if I remember correctly, said, "Finally!" But all that, lead me to understand that coming out, is an activity, an "ing" verb, right there. We do it everyday. Everyday, I assert to the world at large that I am a gay person. That I am proud of it, that I see as a great blessing in my life, and that it is a central fact of my identity.

You are, quite possibly, one of the most charming and intelligent people I've had the pleasure to know.

I doubt that very highly. I imagine that if I am anything, I try to be interesting. I read a book about Diana Vreeland, who I'm mad for, and Diana as a young girl wrote out a list of the great qualities of a popular girl. When she looked over the list, she wrote at the end, "Well then I must be that girl." And that is what she became. I think we invent, it's the great gift of our humanity. So when I was a child, I wanted to be an artist, I wanted to make people laugh, I wanted to create so much in the world and I wanted to be loved. I wanted to be that girl. So I became it. In my way.

As for intelligence, while I enjoy the compliment, I don't have a clear understanding of what that is. I know things, of course, I have facts at my disposal, but is that the marker? My mind works as it does, and because it is the only one I will ever have it is all I will ever know. I am much more fascinated by the minds of others. Have you ever talked to a plumber? Riveting! I think there are so many people, with so many kinds of "intelligence." Don't you just want to find out about them all?



Now that I've gotten that out of my chest... do you remember when we first met at a radical faerie gatherette in Vermont? I've been hard-pressed to describe what that community is all about to both friends and acquaintances, care to help me out with this one?

Yes of course, how could I forget. Dear Elle, once seen you are never forgotten. And once known you are always held with love.

The Radical Faeries, I strangely get asked this question so often and the funny thing is I don't even know if I am one. The Radical Faeries were born out of the Gay movement by Harry Hay and his partner John Burnside in the late 1970's. It was a response to the sort of assimilationist element in gay culture. Also it came out of a need to see each other, gay men, as something beyond a one night stand. At the core of the Radical Faeries is what Hay called Subject to Subject interaction, seeing the other as whole and complete, as the vital element of their own world, and relating to them on equal footing, rather than momentary tumbles.

But I think the truth of the Radical Faeries is in the name. You will forgive me but I have said this before. Being a Radical Faerie is exactly that; Radical in the sense, that your view of the world is based on possibility not restriction. To be Radical, one is willing to throw open the windows of the mind and let in the light, unafraid of what you will find there. That’s freedom, that is the wild Yawp of Whitman. And a Faerie is the unknown. The element of magic, the spark of wonder, the joy of awe; plus maybe a little sequins. A Faerie something mystical, something unnamable that cannot be captured, but is. That's a Radical Faerie to me.

What influences and informs your work and creative process?

My goodness, I have no idea! No, I imagine if I had to say one thing, it's story. I love a story. I love knowing more and understanding more. I always learned that understanding was the first step toward love, so in way, I see story and the telling of stories as a way to connect with people, the way you fall in love with them. I feel like that connection is the most important thing in the world.

But the story pops up for me everywhere. In music, in painting, in dance, it's not just words on the page you know. Leonard Bernstein looked for the story, as did Martha Graham, as did Jack Benny.  And Oh my God, Judy Garland.

At the root of everything I do is story and connection. It's really all I know. But when I am really stuck, I look at my picture of my hero, Eva Le Gallienne, that says "The Theatre can never be a machinery for getting, it is a manner of giving." And I get back to it.
"I deeply resented that everyone could know something so deeply personal and private about me in an instant. And especially something I was uncomfortable with."
The LGBTQI community has come a very long way over the last few decades but nowadays seems and feels divided in the restricting labels we place on ourselves with the bears here, muscle gays there, twinks giggling over in that corner... what do you think that has done for the queer community at large?

Well I think we have drunk the Kool-Aid, in a sense. We have fought for so long to be equal, we have forgotten that equal does not have to be the same as. We, as gay or queer or transgendered people, have been bestowed with a great gift. We are able to see and experience the world in a new and exciting way and to follow our hearts past the rules society has placed on us. Our difference is our greatest strength. Our variety is our greatest asset. But we all want to be the same? Why? Because Gay people whether we all want to admit it or not, have wanted to fit in all their lives. They want to be just like you, you being the normal, the boring. Any difference is vilified in some way. Twinks are vapid. Muscle queens are all big mean sissies. Bears are all fat oafs.

We practice the rules of the larger society inside our small group.  I say this, of course, belonging to none of these groups. And happily so. I don't know what I would be? I was called a bear once with my beard, and I simply replied, "No, Darling, I'm a mink."  I do identify as a blouse though, that's a feminine top.

But I see this divisiveness all the time, in slight ways as well. Men asking each other online if they are "Masc." What the hell does that even mean?! "Bottom" being used as a derisive term. Racism, out and out, terrible racism abounds. It's all sort of gross.

It is all ways of putting people in boxes so that we don't have to honor their humanity, so that we don't have to deal with them as equals. But we forget that that works both ways. What we do to each other the world at large is doing to us. Perhaps if we lead by example, saw each other as equal, as vital, as interesting, as whole, we would not search for a label or a derogatory nickname, we could call each other, and know each other simply by what we call ourselves. We could change things.

Shall we start now? Hello my name is Justin Sayre. Sometimes people call me Elizabeth Taylor.  Does that answer your question?

It most certainly did! You can catch the next edition of Justin's show The Meeting* on October 18th at 9:30OM at The Duplex. The October edition celebrates Funny Girl!

09 October 2012

Randy Rainbow at THERAPY NYC


My best friend showed me Randy Rainbow's video yesterday and encouraged me to apply, but seeing as how it was Columbus Day I was too busy asking Native Americans why they weren't celebrating this most joyous of holiday weekends. Randy is looking for a sidekick for a weekly Sunday night show of booze, bingo, and Broadway at Therapy here in Hell's Kitchen and who would make a better sidekick than yours truly?

While I know that you're looking for the "Gayle to my Oprah," Randy, I think that, with our powers combined, we will be more like a perfectly concocted cocktail. Can we get a gin and tonic and a - what are you having, love?

03 October 2012

Ethan Le Phong


Our first Hottie of the Week for October's LGBT History Month is my twinsie, Ethan Le Phong. I interviewed the Broadway triple threat on his life as a GLAM (good-looking Asian man), his coming out story, and experience as an out actor in the industry. We need more role models like him in both the gay and Asian communities - I mean, just look at the way he licks and slaps himself with that delectable lollipop. Live the dream, Phong, I'll see you in auditions soon!

02 October 2012

OKCupid, Fire Your Arrows

"I don't want to see or be seen by straight people."

I finally caved in an resubscribed to okCupid, an online dating website, last week. What I like about the website is the comprehensive list of questions which, upon answering, match you with people with whom you are potentially most compatible. The questions are answered in three parts: your response, the response you would like to receive from your partner, and the importance of said question to whether or not you would date someone.

01 October 2012

Change Is Gonna Come

The excerpt below is taken from a blog entry I wrote in my sophomore year of high school, shortly after coming out to my friends and family.
Ever since my not so near death experience, I've been going through a lot of personal changes. That is to say, of course, that not everything about me is different - but a lot of things are. I gladly welcome change and progress because it reminds me that I'm still alive and that I'm still here. Although I do allow myself to experience new things it has thrown me off balance. I feel like a lot of changes are happening all at once, and I don't think that I'm equipped to handle it all by myself.

26 September 2012

Ben Rimalower

Ben Rimalower photographed by Christian Coulson

The fabulous Ben Rimalower has extended his autobiographical one-man show, Patti Issues, through the 1st of November. I went to see the premier of his show last month at The Duplex Cabaret Theatre in the West Village and went again a few weeks back to take a friend to see it. This week I interviewed the mensch himself as our Hottie of the Week, check out the interview after the jump!

25 September 2012

Stretchamacate!

New York City Pride 2012... is over, now put some clothes on!

Summer was officially over three days ago, folks, which means no one should be walking around in shorts, tank tops, and flip flops. Autumn has graced us with her chill breeze and falling leaves which means y'all should really be prepping yourselves before, during, and after every workout. The change in temperature means a slight change in your routine so, if you haven't already been doing so, properly stretching your muscles out before and after each workout will help keep you limber, injury-free, and not as achingly sore as I currently am for not following my own advice this afternoon.

24 September 2012

Hello, My Name Is Elle And I'm A Foodaholic

spiced turkey breasts with corn, peas, and asparagus

I'm a huge foodie. I make it a rule to try any and all kinds of dishes at least once, and then maybe three or four more times after, before making a solid judgement on it. Corn was the only exception to that rule. I couldn't stomach the thing when I was much younger and would gag upon trying to put it in my mouth - which never happens with anything, so you know something was wrong. After years of failed attempts I was finally able to swallow an entire corn on the cob with such gusto and pleasure you would think it was my day job. All puns intended, I would totally drop down on one knee and propose to and marry food once we passed the legislation allowing me to do so.

18 September 2012

That Awkward Moment When You Want To Start Dating Again

Now that Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is finally behind us I can once again start to focus on the one person that really matters most - me. Ever since I came out at age fifteen I've only casually dated a few guys but none of them were officially my "boyfriend." But after all these years of being a strong and independent black woman, I think I'd like to venture out and potentially add someone of such significance to my life - provided they can keep up with my crazy antics. At the end of the day I am just a goof looking for his ball.

17 September 2012

GLEE Season 4 - The New Rachel

Meet the season four cast of GLEE, introducing Melissa Benoist, Jacob Artist, Alex Newell, and Dean Geyer!

The fourth season of Fox's musical comedy-drama GLEE premiered this past Thursday, the 13th of September 2012. Our favorite characters are joined by a handful of fresh, new faces who will only add to the drama, romance, and musical talent of this great cast. The first episode, titled "The New Rachel," follows Rachel Berry's (Lea Michele) first few days at NYADA and her struggle to adjust to college life in New York City. Meanwhile, back at McKinley High the New Directions are holding auditions for a new star singer as the seniors compete for the spotlight.

11 September 2012

Lady Bunny's "Let's Have a Kai Kai"



When I first heard the Scissor Sisters' popular song "Let's Have a KiKi" I cringed at the thought of two drag queens getting it on - that's just not my cup of tea. Well, that's exactly what Lady Bunny's latest parody, "Let's Have a Kai Kai" is all about. I was confused by the similarity of their spelling and pronunciation but a kiki is a party with good friends and music whereas a kai kai refers to two drag queens having sex in full drag and makeup. If you think the video was hilarious, check out the rest of the behind the scenes footage that didn't quite make the final cut after the jump!

10 September 2012

ZeBeDoo: Shop, Save, Socialize


ZeBeDoo is a brand new online shopping experience which allows consumers to share their favorite items and comment on purchases with friends in real time. In a day and age where so many people are connected through instantaneous online interaction via personal webpages, profiles, and applications ZeBeDoo provides a solution to personal shopping. ZeBeDoo partners with Amazon.com and Facebook, giving users access to both the world's leading online shop and social network and providing them new ways to connect with each other when buying merchandise online.

03 September 2012

Behind the Scenes with Bianca Del Rio for Next Magazine's 2012 Summer Yearbook

Bianca is never impressed...

New York drag queen Bianca Del Rio graces this week's cover of Next Magazine as Eva Perón and McKayla Maroney, photographed by Kevin Thomas Garcia. Shot for Next Magazine's 2012 Summer Yearbook, which highlights this past summer's many gems, Bianca is also featured as U.S. Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney who was photographed with her now world famous stank face. With the release of this past issue Del Rio proudly becomes one of only a handful of drag queens to be featured on the publication's cover.

31 August 2012

Ben Rimalower: Patti Issues


New York City theatre director and producer Ben Rimalower makes his debut as a playwright and performer with Patti Issues, an emotionally charged and comedic insight into Rimalower's early life, relationship with his parents, and obsession with Broadway star Patti LuPone. The one man cabaret, directed by Aaron Mark, explores the challenges faced by LGBT families as well as the timeless relationship between gay men and their divas.

29 August 2012

Bianca Del Rio is NOT Impressed

Bianca Del Rio as Eva Perón

Bianca Del Rio graces the cover of Next Magazine's 2012 Summer Yearbook in her gorgeous Evita dress, shot by Kevin Thomas Garcia.


We were lucky to be able to shoot in Central Park on a gorgeous day and the photos turned out amazingly well. I took a lot of behind the scenes footage which will be released soon after the magazine hits stands this Friday so stay tuned for all the whacky adventures we had off camera!

28 August 2012

Benvenuti a Capri, Part II

The view from our rooftop brunch at Il Relais Maresca

One of my favorite things about Italy was having delicious, gourmet meals in the most picturesque locations. We had wine with just about every meal and were regularly served Capri's signature liqueur, the Limoncello, after finishing dinners. I only went out to a club once the entire trip and was pretty turned off by the experience for two reasons. It was, first and foremost, annoyingly difficult trying to determine whether a guy was gay or simply European and secondly no one could dance. White people, I'm telling you...

27 August 2012

If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet

Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Gomez, Annie Funke, and Brian F. O’Byrne

Thanks to my best friend, Jason, I saw my first Broadway play this weekend. We went to see the Roundabout Theatre Company's off-Broadway production of If There Is I Haven't Found It Yet, the story of how a dysfunctional family comes together to solve their problems. The play, by British playwright Nick Payne, received positive reviews in London in 2009 and now stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Michelle Gomez, Annie Funke, and Brian F. O'Byrne.

20 August 2012

Benvenuti a Capri, Part I




This past July and August marked my first ever, but definitely not my last, trip to Europe. I spent my first Italian holiday on the island of Capri, off the coast of Naples, in southern Italy. My hotel, Il Relais Maresca, was located in Marina Grande with an amazing view of the bay and docks from my personal balcony. I immediately noticed the bright blue color of the ocean upon docking and was amazed by the clarity of the water. You can't find anything like this back in the States, folks. Since my first taste of real Italian food was at the airport in Naples my taste buds and stomach were more than ecstatic upon my first real bite of a genuine Italian pizza margherita.

15 August 2012

Daniel Nardicio Presents Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming at the Ice Palace on Fire Island

Photo by Christian Hansen for The New York Times

Liza Minnelli and Alan Cumming performing together on Fire Island... is quite possibly the gayest thing I've had the amazing privilege to experience, and glitter practically flies out of my mouth every time I speak. Daniel Nardicio brought the pair out to the Ice Palace in Cherry Grove on Saturday, August the 4th for which, needless to say, myself and every other queen saved the date upon first hearing of the event. The tickets sold out before anyone could even say "Judy" so Daniel thankfully added a second showing, to which my friends and I got VIP tickets so we could be as close to Liza as legally possible.

14 August 2012

Paige Turner's "Shitfaced Drunk!"


Paige Turner is back with her second parody video, "Shitfaced Drunk!", which flips One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" upside down and forces it up on a keg stand. Shot and directed by Jason Lee Courson, the music video features a full band of Paige Turners and her Slurp!alicious boys at Vlada Lounge where you can see her for Slurp! Sundays every week at 10:30PM at the upstairs bar.

25 July 2012

Roberto Bolle

Roberto Bolle photographed by Milan Vukmirovic for no.13 of L'Officiel Hommes magazine

Roberto Bolle is an Italian-trained ballet dancer who has performed with companies throughout the world including La Scalla Ballet, The Stuttgart Ballet, The Royal Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre. Bolle, age 37, has starred in shows including The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, and Giselle to name a few. He is a principal at New York City's American Ballet Theater and performed in this past season's in Romeo and Juliet (6th of May 2012), Giselle (16th of May 2012), and Onegin (6th and 8th of June 2012).

24 July 2012

Texts with Elle


Texts with Elle was inspired by a few other Tumblr blogs which included, either scripted or real, texts between two parties - such as that of Texts from Bennet and my new favorite, Text from Dog. My best friend, Jason, and I frequently bicker and rant over text and finally decided that it was time for the world to share in and experience the glory of our lives.

23 July 2012

Healthy Living 101

"Dude, this is going to cost us at least $250!"

My friend's little brother is in town for the summer and he's the type of person who is content with eating Coco Puffs for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I'm not one to tell someone how they should live but I do try to encourage a healthier lifestyle, especially when it comes to food. Don't get me wrong, I'm the type of person who grabs a burger and frozen margarita for lunch after the gym but moderation is key. When I noticed all he was eating was cereal and milk for a few days straight, however, my nurturing instincts, domesticity, and love for cooking all came rushing out at once so I dragged him over to Trader Joe's to grab some groceries.

18 July 2012

Paige Turner


Hailed as New York City's Elle Woods of drag, Paige Turner has been working the the scene for the last few years and has won over many hearts with her smart repartee and hilarious setlist of both lip-synced and live performances. She recently released her first music video parody of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe" entitled "Fuck Me Thursday!" which adds a dash of glitter and gay to the already homo-tastic song. The parody is ingrained so deep into my mind that whenever Jepsen's song plays on my iPod in the bars or clubs I can hear only Paige's lyrics. Anyone for a big gang bang on Thursday?


17 July 2012

MineCraft


MineCraft is a popular computer game entirely composed of blocks in an infinitely generating world. The goal of the game is to gather resources, build structures, and create a world of infinite possibilities. To simplify the concept even more it's essentially a virtual LEGOs game in which the player are able to utilize their surroundings to build essentially anything they could possibly imagine, from chopping down a tree to create wooden tools to mining deep into the earth in search of precious minerals to create an intricate railway system around their world and so much more.

16 July 2012

Brunch at Vynl

Me and Jared at Vynl's Sunday brunch.

Vynl, located on 754 9th Avenue on the corner of West 51st Street and 9th Avenue, is a great restaurant in Hell's Kitchen that offers a fun atmosphere, delicious food, and even better drink and happy hour specials. Well, at least it used to be prior to its renovations earlier this year. In their attempt to revamp the place they essentially eliminated their old menu and drinks with a random assortment of items. My friends and I used to come in for their happy hour specials, especially their frozen margaritas, and be ready to stuff our faces full of their amazing burgers, wraps, and fries but those days are sadly gone.

26 June 2012

New York City Pride 2012


Welcome back, survivors of New York City Pride 2012! Are we all still recovering from this past week's activities or are we ready for a recap? Get your coconut water and ibuprofen out, you may need the extra boost. I will say that this year's pride events were a bit tame compared to the last few years. Is it because everyone's starting to couple up and stay in during the times in which they should be partying or was New York City simply not living up to its full potential? From my we stood, my friends and I definitely felt like we could have used a few more parties and a little less of the usual bar crawl. That's just us, though - what did y'all think?

We'd like to hear from both the locals and tourists so comment below to tell us what you thought of NYC Pride 2012!

18 June 2012

Folsom Street East 2012

WARNING: Content Not Safe For Work (NSFW)


New York City's 16th annual Folsom Street East took place this past Sunday, the 17th of June 2012 on West 28th Street in Manhattan between 10th and 11th Avenues. The crowd this year was by far the most eclectic group of people, both veterans and newcomers, with whom I had the privilege to work and meet. Will Clark and Xavier Rice emceed the festival with special stage performances by The Glamazons, Dallas DuBois, Brett Gleason, and many others!

14 June 2012

Paige Turner's "Fuck Me Thursday!"


New York City's Paige Turner makes her music video debut with "Fuck Me Thursday!", a parody of Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe." The video directed and shot by Jason Lee Courson, with parody lyrics by Paige Turner, was shot in Manhattan, New York City, special thanks to Stonewall Inn for allowing us to film in their bar! Enjoy the video and the behind the scenes content after the jump!

13 June 2012

Ricky Schroeder


The fabulous Ricky Schroeder is participating in this year's Strip-a-thon for Broadway Bares XXII: Happy Endings. Although he has already raised well above his goal of $2000 for the organization, it wouldn't hurt to completely smash that goal and raise another $1000 for the year! You can find his personal donation page here. We have until Friday, the 15th of June to donate so get to it, folks!

12 June 2012

Matt's Weekend in NYC


Hey, folks, it's been awhile. Let's recap what went down this last month, shall we? If y'all can recall I took a trip to Baltimore to visit my best friend, Duncan, and also managed to meet a very sweet and lovely young man by the name of Matt. Matt decided he'd come up to New York City to visit me last month and was here from the 10th to the 13th of May and we had a gay old time!

07 May 2012

Cinco de Mayo Weekend

The first of many tequila shots were taken at XL Nightclub. 

This was a big weekend for many but really just any other day for some of us. Big drinking "holidays" such as St. Patrick's Day and this past weekend's Cinco de Mayo are characterized by a sudden upsurge of drunken fools stumbling about the City streets in their stilettos or popped collars, shrieking at the top of their lungs to announce their obvious intoxication. Don't get me wrong I love getting drunk as much as the next person but days, or rather, weekends like these bring out the amateurs. I nonetheless stuck true to my motto of taking a sad song and making it better by celebrating with the best of company.

03 May 2012

Weekend in Baltimore

Duncan is a misanthrope so getting him to leave the hotel and go out was a challenge.

This time last week I made my way to the uncharted lands of Mary. I went to Baltimore to visit my best friend, Duncan, for the weekend and found that my three days spent there were far too short. Yes, I really do wish I stayed in Maryland for a little while longer. Everyone needs a holiday from New York City every now and then and I am no exception. We stayed in a gorgeous hotel suite near his Towson University campus and rarely even left the room as we stocked up on wine and liquor for the weekend.

02 May 2012

Ellen DeGeneres



The beautiful Ellen DeGeneres is one of my favorite comediennes. Like Margaret Cho she, too, is a strong, black woman. Her brand of comedy is smart, observational, and very sweet. She has since branched out to do some voice acting, most notable was her role of Dory in Pixar's Finding Nemo (2003), a commercial spokesperson for American Express, Cover Girl Cosmetics, and J.C. Penny, and her daytime television talk show The Ellen DeGeneres Show

01 May 2012

Mother Burger



Last month introduced many challenges and complications to my life which prevented me from doing anything fun and exciting to report back to y'all - unless of course you count wining and dining interesting which, actually, is more than awesome. It's a productive use of my time and resources as I recuperate from my injuries. One of the many things I indulged in was brunch and a favorite hot spot here in Manhattan is Mother Burger in Hell's Kitchen.

09 April 2012

Tales from the Subway: "Thou Shalt Not Judge"

I rushed down onto the platform to catch my train and smiled upon noticing two mormon missionaries squirm as I entered the car. It's not like I was wearing anything particularly revealing: a blue, striped tank top under a light sweater, and a pair of blue short shorts that ended halfway down my thighs - okay, maybe that was it. I brushed it off without a second thought, though I did get a kick out of making them slightly uncomfortable.

03 April 2012

Pentatonix


(Left to right: Kevin Olusola, Mitch Grassi, Scott Hoying, Kirstie Maldonado, and Avi Kaplan)

I was introduced to the five member a cappella group known as Pentatonix on the television singing competition, The Sing-Off. The beauty behind the show is that it focuses on true vocal and musical artistry and judged by artists, Ben Folds, Sara Bareilles, and Shawn Stockman of Boyz II Men, who not only know their craft but are themselves masters of it as well.

The singers arrange the harmonies and melodies to their style and, as Sara Bareilles says, uses their God-given talents to create a sound all their own. Pentatonix, with only five members, creates a dynamic sound that's more than astounding - it's magical.

29 March 2012

Paul Freeman's "Heroics"


Australian photographer Paul Freeman continues his exploration of the male form with a series of iconic portraits inspired by historic bravery and romance. He published his first book in 2004 titled Bondi Classic, featuring the musculature physique of the men of New South Wales' Bondi Beach, and his following series Outback showcased the rugged men from Down Under. In this project, Freeman, abandons his Aussie fantasies for a more heroic aestheticism.

Note: This post contains male, full-frontal nudity and is Not Safe For Work (NSFW)

28 March 2012

Kennedy Carter


Meet that kid, Kennedy Carter. My friends, and some of y'all, know that I have a hard spot for redheads and Kennedy is definitely my favorite of them all. He's got the whole package - a crazy, adorable smile, great ass, beautiful ink, amazing body, and an even better personality; he's such a sweetheart! We finally met up at last year's Folsom Street East where we were clad in, well, not much but had a blast on that fine, summer day.

26 March 2012

Black Party Expo 2012

WARNING: Content Not Safe For Work (NSFW)


This past weekend marked the 32nd consecutive season of the Black Party in New York City, presented by The Saint at Large. The exposition showcases several vendors, adult entertainers, performers, and artists of the nightlife and adult entertainment industries in a gorgeous venue where they can drink, party, shop, and drool over the men.

22 March 2012

Slowly Dying of Embarrassment in the Corner

I was too lazy to make breakfast this morning so I decided to go for a healthy meal of coffee and a bagel at Dunkin' Donuts. As I was waiting for my order, a cute boy who resembled a young(er?) Tim Tebow walked in, stood in line, and gave me a sheepish grin. I would normally welcome a cute smile but we're in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn here and I can't be too safe so I just smile back at him and continue waiting next to the register. I grab my bagel and am about ready to head out when he catches up with me and asks for my name. Slightly shocked, I sign out an E-L-L-E to him to which he responds by signing out an A-L-F-I-E.
I choke out, "You can sign?!" while drinking my coffee.
"...and you can speak?" he laughs out.
"Well, I lost my voice and sound like a frog." I admit, impressed and incredulous.
"So is that pronounced ehl-ie or...?"
"No, like the magazine - but that works, too, I guess."
As we're walking around the neighborhood - really, with the intention that I'd lose him when I turn toward the block toward my apartment - I find out that he isn't a crazy homophobe with the intention of luring me into an alleyway, beating, and leaving me for dead. Why, then, is he talking to me? Surely no one can be this forward or charming.

21 March 2012

Chaim Levin


My dear friend, Chaim Levin, is an out, gay Jewish activist and writer. On his blog, Gotta Give 'Em Hope, he writes about his experiences as a gay man in the Orthodox community. For the past two years Chaim has dedicated himself to working as a voice for gay Orthodox youth and has been featured in The Jewish Press, Huffington Post, Truth Wins Out, and many other publications.

13 March 2012

New York City's High Line


The High Line is a public park in New York City which was built on an old railway running between 10th and 11th Avenues, and extending from to Gansevoort Street to 30th Street. Upon the completion of its third and final phase, it will run north to 34th Street.

12 March 2012

Entering the World of WarCraft


World of WarCraft is one of those thoroughly addicting games that I can easily say has a firm and unrelenting grasp on the lives of its players. I first discovered the series from my cousin Michael as he was playing the third installation, WarCraft III: Reign of Chaos. After ten years and five game expansions I stand before you all and say, "Hi. My name is Elle and I play WoW."

08 March 2012

'Bully' Documentary


A new documentary shedding light on the different facets of America's bully crisis is set to be released in select theaters on the 30th of March 2012. The Weinstein Company (TWC) film "Bully" has unfortunately been given an R rating by the Motion Pictures Association of America (MPAA) for "some language," preventing many of its target audience from seeing it. Katy Butler, a 17 year-old high school student from Michigan, is currently spearheading the appeal for the MPAA to change the movie rating to PG-13, allowing the film to be shown in classrooms and to young teens. On the 28th of February The Weinstein Company lost their appeal to change the movie rating but they continue to pressure the MPAA to reconsider, gaining the support of Ellen DeGeneres who spoke about the documentary on her talk show this Wednesday.

07 March 2012

Jay Roth


In celebration of Purim 2012 we're putting a spotlight on the delicious, little matzah ball that is Jay Roth. As my dear friend, Austin Helms, pointed out last week we usually see pictures of each other (aka Grindr) long before we are formally acquainted. That being said I remember first seeing Jay splashed across the pages of Next Magazine dancing in his shorts on top of a bar.

02 March 2012

Chad Griffin Named Human Rights Campaign's New President


It was announced earlier today that Joe Solmonese will be succeeded by Chad Griffin as the new president of the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT civil rights organization. Griffin, 38, was finally selected by HRC's Board of Directors after an extensive six month search of over one hundred candidates. Solmonese, who joined HRC as president in 2005 and has led the organization through a series of amazing campaign victories over the last seven years, was named a national co-chair of the Obama campaign last month. He will continue leading HRC after the end of his contract this month until Griffin assumes his new position on the 11th of June 2012.

29 February 2012

Austin Helms


Austin Helms is the co-owner of 21st Century Life, a New York-based party planning and promotions organization focused on gay culture, nightlife, and advocacy. A self-proclaimed "Creativity Enthusiast," Helms throws amazing parties in New York City and writes about gay New York on his blog, The Fabulous Apple. Neither of us quite remember where, when, or how we first met which oftentimes happens when meeting people in nightlife - we'll all have different stories. I was pretty sure we first met at Splash Bar on a Campus Thursday but, when asked, Austin claims, "was it on Grindr or Manhunt? I seem to remember seeing pictures of you long before I met you."

27 February 2012

Sponsor Me at AIDS Walk NYC 2012


I participate in the walk every year from San Diego, California but this will be my first year with AIDS Walk New York. I managed to raise $500 for the walk last year and have decided to go above and beyond this year with an ambitious goal of raising $1000 by the 20th of May. As of Monday, the 27th of February, it has been reported that the walk has raised a total of $737,211 donations.

That being said go ahead and contribute $1, $10, $100 - the important thing is not the level of your monetary contribution but your wholehearted support! Together we can make a big difference! Find my donation page here (http://aidswalknewyork2012.kintera.org/ellestanol).