After leather sashes were draped on all the winners, a surprise guest arrived to make a brief speech: Providence mayor Vincent "Buddy" Cianci Jr. Never in a million years would Giuliani even consider showing up to a leather contest to support the queer community, let alone be as gracious as Mayor Cianci was. A staunch supporter of the community (racketeering, schmacketeering, his recent indictment has yet to overshadow his gay-positive attitude), the mayor used the word "transgendered" so many times that I wanted to marry him. He giddily asked if one of the drag queens (B.B. Hayes, who performed earlier in the evening) would do a special number for him, and she obliged. When the clock struck 2 a.m., everyone headed to a local club for an after-party of s/m play. I thought New York was the city that never sleeps. I could barely keep my eyes open, but couldn't resist watching some hot scenes to finish off the weekend. The folks in Providence really know how to show a leathergirl a good time.

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