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Pride Guide


From wholesome community forums to frenzied bacchanalia, enjoy Pride with our decidedly opinionated picks of what to do during queer New York’s monster party week.

Comments by José Germosén and Keisha Franklin


This documentary unleashes the unseen queer community of Cuba, and breaks down the past and future of gay life there with interviews depicting the stereotypes and militant ideals impressed on its people. June 20 at 7:30, Brecht Forum, 122 W 27th, 10th fl, 242-4201. (KF)


Hedda Lettuce — “Crouching Trannie, Hidden Drag Queen” — is at it again as the host of this night of comedy. An all-star, all-gay lineup brings some of the most notable queers around town to the stage, including Johnny McGovern, Corey Andrews, and Julie Goldman. June 20 at 9, Carolines on Broadway, 1626 Bway, 757-4100. (KF)


Elected officials from the many facets of the LGBT community celebrate with a forum introducing this year’s candidates for the council. June 20 from 6:30 to 9, Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center, 1 Little W 12th, 620-7310. (KF)


Who’s that velvet-haired looker with the perfectly clipped lip foliage? Mr. Murray Hill — is that you? Been thinking about you over here, Mr. Hill, oh yes: the caressing lull of your vodka-swilled voice, brimming with memories of nights at home with just the stereophone to bring me to calm, the sound of some orchestra matching your bubbly charms. Someone told me you’re all woman inside! I don’t believe it! Will you comfort me again with those witty one-liners? Will I get to swoon to your croons of passion? Accompanied by the Stiff Gimlets, with Paul Leschen. June 20 at 8, Siren, 12 St Marks Pl, 539-3197. (JG)


Stricter abortion laws, cavalier environmental policies, and chicken bones thrown toward queer issues — how do we direct ourselves in times like this, when the right to shop just isn’t enough? This forum tries to find an answer, hosted by Kevin Concannon of the NYC Log Cabin Republicans, with Paula Ettelbrick and Ingrid Rivera of the NGLTF Policy Institute, Kevin McGruder of Gay Men of African Descent, and Carlie Steen of Physicians for Reproductive Choice and Health. June 20 at 6:30, Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center, 1 Little W 12th, 604-9830, ext.16. (JG)


Now in a stage in which it is grossly affecting poorer people — especially women of color — outside of the gay community, it’s hard not to look at AIDS’s impact on the world, not to mention it’s hand in the evolution of queer culture. But do people in our community care enough to continue fighting? Pollack star Marcia Gay Harden, columnist Liz Smith, and AIDS pioneer Dr. Mathilde Krim host this gala event to honor those who led the fight to galvanize the gay and lesbian community during the onset of the AIDS crisis. June 21 at 6:30, Chelsea Piers, Pier 60, 23rd and W Side Hwy, 806-1799. (JG)


Dean Kostos curates these events celebrating the literary style of his favorite queer contemporaries. Regie Cabico hosts the first, a poetry slam, with wordsmiths Emanuel Xavier, Eileen Myles, and Laurie Weeks. A brunch rounds out the center’s second reading, with Davidson Garrett, Octavio Gonzalez, Jan van Ingen, Carol Rosenfeld, and Steve Tutell. June 21 at 7:30 and June 23 at noon, Lesbian & Gay Community Services Center, 1 Little W 12th, 620-7310. (KF)


In the midst of muscle obsession, corny television, and a new bid at “normalcy,” it’s hard to remember that gay legitimacy started with the drag queens. Celebrate the spirit of the original gay-rights suffragettes — the queens who rioted at the Stonewall Inn — with this celebratory parade of queens, kings, and general freaks and renegades of the queer world. June 22 at 7:30, Tompkins Sq Park, Avenue A and 8th. (JG)


The name may have you believing that the DUMBA folks are a bunch of self-loathing right-wingers on a rampage, but in reality they’re a group of young, vibrant self-affirmed radical queers who are concerned with the hypercommercialization of what they see as a festival of community. Festivities include a showing of John Philip’s Rudyland, plus speakers and per-formers that include Kate Rhee of the Prison Moratorium Project, Todos Son Vieques, and poetess Stacyann Chin. Post Drag March and Pot Luck/Dance Party: June 22 at 8; Gay Shame 2001: June 24 with pot luck at 2, speakers at 4, performances at 8, Dumba, 57 Jay, DUMBO, Bklyn, 718-670-3719, (JG)


NYC Gay Hockey Association provides a chance for local men and women to scuff the ice in a fun and competitive environment, with members ranging from total beginners to full-time superjocks. NYCGHA’s two developmental teams, the Rockets and the Ugly Americans, plus their newly formed competitive lock sticks on the ice with teams from L.A., Ottawa, and Vermont for Chelsea Challenge 2001, the group’s inaugural puck-busting tournament. Games 1 and 2: June 22 at 8; Games 3-5: June 23 at 9 a.m.; Games 6-8: June 23 at 7; Championships: June 24 at 9 a.m., Chelsea Piers Sky Rink, Chelsea Piers, Pier 61, 23rd and W Side Hwy, 252-4351, (JG)


Controversial porn star Tony Valenzuela has managed to stun the community with more than just dirty films. When the ’99 cover of POZ revealed his naked body mounted on a horse, this impenetrable activist stance on barebacking reopened the book on AIDS and safe sex. This performance — written by Tony himself — presents an exploration of community, AIDS, sex, and more. June 23 at 8 and June 24 at 7, BAAD!, 841 Barretto, Bx, 718-842-5223. (KF)


Women use your voices, bodies, and banners to demonstrate the strength and positive position the lesbian community retains in New York’s five boroughs. Join the throng and if you miss the pack, just head down to Washington Square Park where the celebrations continue well into the evening. June 23 at 5, Bryant Park, 42nd and Sixth Ave, 479-8520. (KF)


Come watch as some thousand runners take their marks for the annual two-mile challenge and five-mile men’s and women’s team point-race. The event is part of the Metropolitan Athletic Congress 2001 Grand Prix Race Circuit. Those looking to join can go to the race’s starting line or call for more info. June 23 at 9:30, Central Park, 97th and East Drive, 724-9700. (KF)


The New York Ramblers open up the field to everyone in this free invitational. Don’t worry about your experience level — you’ll get to play as long as you come out. The field is all astroturf, so indoor (flat) cleats, or sneakers, are required. June 23 from 2 to 6, Riverside State Park, 138th and W Side Hwy, with an after-party at the View Bar, 232 Eighth Ave, at 9, 539-6504, (JG)


Jaime Manrique brings forth his passionate reflections on gay sexuality, race, and history through poems in Tarzan, My Body, Christopher Columbus. Westmoreland’s Tramps Like Us reads as a kind of gay On the Road, exploring more innocent times — the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS world of late-’70s gay life. June 23 at 2, Jefferson Market Library, Sixth Ave betw 10th and Greenwich Ave. (JG)


Ariana Waynes gets betwixt an open mic especially set out so all you queer slamming folks can represent. Sign-up at 7, show at 7:30. June 24 at 7, CB’s Gallery, 313 Bowery, 718-932-5881. (KF)


At the end of all the current debates, catfights between activist columnists, rimming on TV, the culture clash between the young and the old — er, one thing rings true. We’re still all in this together, we still all need to affirm our place in this world, and one of the few times when we can assess these questions and statements is at events like this, in which the members of our communities can show themselves for who they are and who they want to be, on such a large scale. One could wax poetic on these sentiments forever; instead put this paper down and get into the parade. June 24 at noon, starting at 52nd and Fifth Ave, ending at Christopher and Greenwich, 80-PRIDE, (JG)


The “It’s a Drag Thing” series screens two documentaries depicting gay lifestyles. Susana Aikin and Carlos Aparicio’s Salt Mines (1990) records the lives of gay men and trannies living in a New York waterfront haven behind mountains of street salt. Butterflies on the Scaffold, directed by Margaret Gilpin and Luis Bernaza (1996), takes a rare look at Cuba’s gay and drag subculture. June 25 at 6, Jefferson Market Regional Library, 425 Ave of the Americas, 243-4334. (KF)




Newbie promoter Gliza holds this weekly party welcoming professional women from every sphere. DJ’s Missy B and Trini furnish hip-hop and house flava and the 300th guest wins a 100 bucks. Don’t miss the thong contest. That’s right! Ladies oscillating the most piquant thongs win surprises! June 21 at 7, 2i’s, 248 W 14th, 917-541-7176. (KF)


Fourplay mixes up a special blend, kicking off the weekend celebrations with Mary Mac and Karmelina. Maine, the queen around town, works the table in inventive garb. With free vodka shots all night, how can you go wrong? June 22 at 9, Parlay Lounge, 206 Avenue A, 591-1065. (KF)


Her/She Bar and Escuelita keep this evening going with DJ Chip Chop’s strong mix of house, salsa, merengue, and more. The intensity is turned up with a special live performance by Unique Monique, and, later, Angel Sheridan, and the Escuelita Divas perform their legendary Pride Show. This may be one of the only places in the city where lesbians can appreciate the work of drag goddesses — don’t think that just because they’re performing for the ladies instead of doting males that the effort is anything short of incredible. June 22 at 10, La Escuelita, 301 W 39th, 631-1093. (KF)


OK, we all love a good dyke march, but some of us would rather fraternize in a less heated environment. Whether you were in the procession or not, the excite-ment is extended to nightfall so you can relish legions of fellow dykes, instead of feeling gypped by the march’s three-hour jaunt. June 23 at 7, Charas/El Bohio, 605 E 9th, 982-0627. (KF)


Affirmed, upstanding lipstick lesbos claim their haven at the Shescape parties, where they don’t have to sully their Emporio Armani leather britches against the more bullish/ freakish airs of most “other” dykes. Drizzle on a fresh coat of Aqua Net and head out into the night to find your Anne among the Ellens. June 23 at 11, Metronome, 915 Bway, 686-5665. (JG)


Get ready for thousands of women partying at the largest lesbian waterfront venue Pride has to offer. Two floors of nonstop action and an outside dance-drink-or-flirt zone provide ample space for unrestricted carousing. Novah and Unique Monique provide live performances and DJ Chip Chop works his house vibe, while Mary Mac dispatches mostly hip-hop and reggae for more exclusive reveling. Keep a look out for go-go favorites Ousha, Maine, Arlene, and the rest of the Lovergirl divas of the dancefloor. June 23 at 10, Chelsea Brewing Company, Pier 59, 17th and W Side Hwy, 631-1102. (KF)


The title speaks for itself, so leave the sneakers, baggy clothes, and scantily clad wear at home. Professional sistahs 26 and over get the golden pass to this mature event. Crystal Atmosphere per-forms with DJ Donna on the tables. June 23 at 10, Exchange Club, corner of Exchange and Hanover Pl, 726-8302. (KF)


The Gay & Lesbian Services Community Center and Shescape are fusing their resources and having a party at the Sky Terrace skating rink. A cozy and partially enclosed rooftop deck offers a view overlooking the river, and live performances and giveaways tickle the night’s festivities, along with go-go dancers and DJs. June 23 at 11, Chelsea Piers, Pier 61,18th and W Side Hwy, 620-7310, ext. 348. (KF)


Lovergirl returns to True to conclude Pride in their house with DJs Millie and Mary Mac, a bevy of Go-Go Goddesses hitched along for the ride, and Murray Hill in tow. Two floors provide a little something for everyone. The party kicks off early, so either go home, shower, and look your finest or leave the parade and come as you are. June 24 at 6, True, 28 E 23rd, 631-1102. (KF)


It’s Sunday, it’s hot, the parade is still going, and all you want is a drink. Fear not, Nanny’s got the party starting extra early especially for women suffering from your dilemma. They’re pulling out all the stops with three dancers and rotating DJs M.K., Kim B, and Storm. Drink specials and “Sex in the City Martinis.” Yum. June 24 at 2, Crazy Nanny’s, 21 Seventh Ave S, 366-6312. (KF)



The long-running safe-sex party for black and Latino men of the hip-hop generation goes into overdrive for Pride. They’ve sent along all the typical prerequisites: no fats, no fems, no grand daddys, but you can work that one out for yourselves. Arrive, check your gear (free), and enjoy two nights of festivities in closed quarters, replete with souvenir condoms, music, and refreshments to keep you going. June 20 through 23. Call the hotline for location info at 926-8822. (JG)


The magazine tailor-made for lovers of black males rings in Pride in its own special way, with go-go boys rocking their “wares” to a hip-hop beat, plus more. We can’t confirm all the details, but if the festivities are anything close to the features in the mag, then it should be a nice way to begin the weekend. June 21 at 2 a.m., La Escuelita, 301 W 39th, 631-0588. (JG)


>At last, the circuit party comes back to Rome. You knew it was inevitable, but it was all just a question of who would dispel with the pretenses and dig at the essence of all-male dance marathons — sexual hedonism coated in a glossy veneer. Circuit kings Victor Calderone, Marc Berkley, and Jeffrey Sanker are the guilty party behind the spectacle, importing the likes of Cyndi Lauper and C&C Music Factory vocalist Deborah Cooper to sit in the Emperor’s box. A 50-piece orchestra and acrobats from Cirque du Soleil will spike up the night in what looks to be the city’s most flawless evening of partying. June 23 at 10, Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 W 34th, 307-7171. (JG)


All hail Angel Sheridan. The queen of New York’s high-glamour drag scene is representing for her art on a national scale with Dancing Queens, her new compilation of classic drag anthems. Escuelita’s queen mami hosts a night devoted to goddess worship, with go-go dancers and the Escuelita Divas serving drama for the show. June 23 at 2 a.m., La Escuelita, 301 W 39th, 631-0588. (JG)


Trust that John Blair won’t let you down for Pride. He loves his boys and knows what they desire in order to party right — the most influential vocalists in the garage universe (right now, anyways): Kim English, Lolleatta Halloway, and Suzanne Palmer all perform their newest hits for a (well, naturally) packed house of the city’s most beautiful men. Club 69’s Peter Rauhofer dusts the plates and keeps things moving all night. We trust you’ll know how to hook up the rest. June 23 at 10, Roxy, 515 W 18th, 645-5156. (JG)


Klaus and Chris’s dilemma? Klaus has to catch the plane back to Berlin at midnight, but the boys really haven’t had a last hurrah for Pride. What to do? They journey to Don Turner’s tea dance at the pier and groove under the pink summer sky — an amazing party. Chris cherishes Klaus’s tender kisses as he watches the cab go off, true love left unrequited ’til September. Later that night, Chris eats his second pill, trollops off to the Hammerstein to have it off with Jeremy and Rick. And it’s all good. June 23 from 2 to 8, Pier 63, W 23rd by the Hudson. Tickets available at Raymond Dragon, 130 Seventh Ave and 18th, 727-0368. (JG)


Gay New York’s most notorious neighborhood bar (probably the only place in the world where softcore porn greets you at the urinals) raises its profile a notch with a live p.a. performance from none other than the original diva, Miss Patti LaBelle. Splash’s DJ Billy Carroll preps the floor with a set beginning at eight. Miss Patti takes the stage at midnight, and we hear she is ready to party with the boys. June 24 at 4 p.m., Splash, 50 W 17th, 691-0073. (JG)


La Vasquez makes a major move and takes his Gay Pride Mega Party to the wide smoky expanse of the Roxy, with a triple pack of guest performers (Vernessa Mitchell, Sabrina Johnston, and Dynamix all deliver p.a.s throughout the night). Manny Lehman heats the decks until about four in the morning, when Junior works things over until late into the afternoon. A loop of classics sort you out in the Crystal Room if you need a break. June 24 at 11, Roxy, 515 W 18th, 307-7171. (JG)



Instead of taking the rampant “separate but equal” tack plaguing most of the parties specifically engineered for Lesbian Pride or Gay Pride, we’ve got one centralizing its night on the notion of unity. Doesn’t it make you think of happy lesbians and queens holding hands singing “Kumbaya”? OK, well, that is a stretch, but grabbing your sisters or brothers of the opposite gender and bring-ing them to this musical affair has its rewards. There’s a post-younity show by Ras, Younity, and Sabori, as well as surprise guests. Be sure to dress in your most appropriate and fiercest gear, or you may be celebrating on the steps outside. June 22 at 5 p.m., the Cutting Room, 19 W 24th, 691-1900. (KF)


The party that’s always represented by the gay youthquake brings down the house in a “mega pride party.” WKTU’s DJ Mike Rizzo spins on the main floor, along with DJ Anthony Nero. Tons of giveaways litter the scene in between performances from “Gay Rapper,” Sydney Barrows, Sinnamon and Elektra, and Daniel Essence of the House of Essence. Just to keep things interesting, 2(x)ist hosts the Underwear Dancing Competition, while musical styles from ’80s new wave to progressive house play in the Tunnel’s myriad party chambers. We’ll see you in the makeout room. June 23 at 12:30 a.m., Tunnel, mid-block entrance a 27th betw Eleventh and Twelfth Aves, 479-7300. (JG)


A lot of these Pride parties lookin’ a little, um, blanc to you? Then you’ll be pleased to know about this super-party at the Frying Pan for queer people of color thrown by the South Asian Lesbian and Gay Association and the Audre Lorde Project. Rekha mixes the campy funk of Bollywood soundtracks with bhangra on the pier (for those who favor Twinkle Khanna over Jennifer Lopez), while the boat hosts socas and reggae by DJ Static, and house from Nick FSR. June 23 at 10, the Frying Pan, W 23rd and W Side Hwy, 358-5132. (JG)


Now we all know who usually populates this party so there’s no need to mention the thou-sands of bustling males eagerly moving in sync to the sounds of Monty Q. Hosted by Heritage of Pride, the leaders of the Pride celebrations, this annual dance on the waterfront is in full swing once again. Amber, Sandy B, and Kevin Aviance perform, not to mention the fabulous and rumored-to-attend Mary J. Blige. Her appearance remains to be seen, but if she does show, how memorable would that be? Either way the gamble is worth taking; with fireworks and great lighting this jam has always and will remain to be one of the hottest tickets in Queer Town. June 24 at 4:30, Pier 54, 14th and W Side Hwy, 1-800-494-TIXS. (KF)

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