By Alex Distefano
By Scott Snowden
By Anna Merlan
By Steve Almond
By Jena Ardell
By Jon Campbell
By Alan Scherstuhl
By Tessa Stuart
The Lesbian Sex Mafia offers some serious entertainment at the L'Oiel Cache. If you're interested in role playing, bondage, and discipline, and you're not already tied up for the evening, you can be. Open to leatherwomen and mistresses of every inclination, from lesbian to bi to transgendered to het. June 24 at 9, L'Oiel Cache, 147 W 24th, 726-3844. (Gayduk)
God loves all of his children. Get the word for the weekend at this service organized by DignityUSA. June 24 at 7, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 145 W 46th, 627-6488.
Pride Tournament & Open Mat Clinic
Not some BG East-style free-for-all, but the second annual installment of the Metro Gay Wrestling Alliance's Pride Tournament. Measure your skills against other amateur wrestlers and get pointers from the alliance members at this open invitational tournament to celebrate gay athletes during Pride. Participants need a USA Wrestling membership, which can be obtained right on site for $20. June 24 at 10, McBurney YMCA, 122 W 17th, 741-9272.
Dan Woog+Pat Griffin
A talk about gay athletes with the authors of Jocks: True Stories of America's Gay Male Athletes and Strong Women, Deep Closets: Lesbians and Homophobia in Sport. June 24 at 4, Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave, 727-1227. (Zimmerman)
Dance 2000 on the Waterfront
What would Gay Pride be without a rousing soiree to ring in the community spirit? Dance 2000 closes out the march with a massive dance party on the pier. Catch the fireworks and the men under the stars for one of the biggest parties of the week. Circuit DJ extraordinaire David Knapp commandeers the decks, plus house music marvels Joi Cardwell and Byron Stingley serve up their astounding range of lustrous vocal finesse. June 25 at 4:30, Pier 54, W 13th by the West Side Hwy, 1-800-494-8497.
Lesbians of Color Fourth Annual Gay Pride Extravaganza
Another year for the all-night Pride celebration tailored expressly for black women. Bold comedienne Annie McKnight hosts and tickles funny bones as she introduces the line of special, um, entertainers (show starts at 1). DJ Chyna supplies the beats. June 25 at 9, Twirl, 208 W 23rd, 691-7685. $15.
31st Annual Lesbian & Gay Pride March
This is it: the centerpiece of our annual exclamation of who we are in this country, the symbolic marker to reassess where we queer folks are going. Come with a halfhearted languor to your step, wary of floats that feature aimless queens zoned out from the night before, twirling in cutoffs. Leave with a feeling of joy and inexplicable elation, astounded by the wide, loud diversity of people in the world community of queers that shows just how big and fabulous "out and proud" actually is. Moment of Silence for those lost to AIDS at 2. Log on to www.nycpride.org for info. June 25 at noon, 52nd and Fifth Ave, reviewing stand at Madison Square Park (27th and Fifth Ave), 807-7433 (80-PRIDE).
Brown Party 10: I Speak for the Trees
The parade over and no place to sing to Mother Earth? O wallowing sprite, don't feel neglected. Gays who'd feel more at home at a twilight gathering for the summer solstice than at a circuit party can take solace at Mother, where the city's kookiest gay night returns. This year, the color-theme party from hell embraces the joys of eco-activism. Mother mcs Hattie Hathaway and Empress Domination are joined by Justin Bond and Lily of the Valley, who take on the role of Flora and Fauna. Pagan female violinists Carrie Carlyle and Mistress Kaos provide the tunes. Wear browntree bark if you have it. June 27 at 10:30, 432 W 14th, 366-5680.
Emmanuel Xavier+Erasmo Guerra+C. Bar Cole
Three young gay authors present their latest work, Christ-Like, Latin Lovers: True Stories of Latin Men in Love, and Briefly Told Lives, respectively, June 27 at 7:30, Barnes & Noble, 675 Sixth Ave, 727-1227. (Lou Bardel)
Mark Richard Zubro
Reads from One Dead Drag Queen, the story of man-boy love embroiled in the aftermath of a gruesome death, June 27 at 7, A Different Light, 151 W 19th, 989-4850. (Bardel)
Briefs are by José Germosén unless otherwise noted.