This past Sunday at XL nightclub was a celebratory memorial for Codie Leone, one of the shining stars of downtown NYC nightlife for the past 20 or so years.

 

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Codie—so photogenic!

 

The event was a marathon—performances, video screenings, a raffle, speakers ranging from Patricia Field to Codie’s manicurist, and a very vocal and participatory audience.  It was very appropriate.

Looking around the room, I saw lots of people who pre-date even me on the nightlife scene!  When I entered the drag fray in the late 1980s, Codie was already a starlet at the Boybar, the drag show palace that used to reign on St. Mark’s Place.  Matthew Kasten, ringleader of the Boybar’s shows, flew in from L.A. to help emcee, and the Boybar Beauties who took part included Princess Diandra, hilariously reminiscing about days gone by, and Perfidia, reminding the crowd that she and Codie both had the same “mother”—trans beauty International Chrysis.

 

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I saw Chrysis perform a few times.  She was a classic show girl and stunningly attractive.

 

Of course, XL was charged with diva energy!  Get a bunch of tipsy grand dames together and some old rivalries and twisted feelings are bound to bubble to the surface.  But, ultimately, a true sense of togetherness prevailed as speaker after speaker recalled Codie as both a sister and a mother to so many people (including her three biological sons, who were all in attendance).

There were many wonderful moments, and the event’s showstopper was undoubtedly a performance by Connie Girl, another one of the Boybar beauties and one of Codie’s best friends.  Honey, it was ovah, legendary,  life-affirming, and a reminder that our generation is as vibrant as ever. 

 

 

I was humbled and moved to be at such a momentous farewell.  R.I.P. Codie, your energy infused the night.

 

My hosting gig last night at the weekly Westgay party was so much fun! 

Great crowd, great energy, and a reminder that one of the best parts about living in NYC is that you get to meet and mingle with people from all over the world.

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Me with Neil, who hails from Scotland.  Yes, he’s old enough to be in a club!

 

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Russian go-go dancer Alex told me he used to tour with a drag queen troupe through China.  Great idea for a reality show!

 

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Porn star Kennedy Carter is British and an incredible dancer.  That boy has soul!

 

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Look at the queen with a mustache (not me!).  She told me she’s from Spain.

 

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And there were some good ol’ Americans there too, including dashing promoter Frankie Sharp and his right hand gal Amy Cakes.

 

I love a melting pot!

 

QUESTION: IS PANDORA BOXX OLDER THAN SHE LOOKS?

Ho, Ho, Ho, look who’s teaming up for a holiday show—NYC performer Sherry Vine and Drag Race contestant Pandora Boxx.  The show’s title: A Very Cougar Christmas.

 

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Sherry, who’s been screeching singing in drag since the early 1990s, certainly fits the cougar category.  But isn’t bouncy, smiley Pandora way too young?

According to her Wikipedia page, she’s 41.  No spring chicken perhaps, but she’s not old enough for cougardom!  Honey, savor your youth.  You’ve got plenty of time before you join me and Sherry in the feline family.

 

QUESTION:  SHOULD I START A TUMBLR PAGE DEVOTED TO DQS IN STARTLING MAKEUP?

If I did, the first thing I’d post is this invite from Spin Nightclub in Chicago. 

 

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Vixen’s paint job! 

Perfect for a showgirl in an outer-space costume.

But she appears to be wearing jeans…

Well, she definitely got my attention.  More power to her!

 

QUESTION: HOW DOES SHE SEE???

Speaking of wild makeup… Cher Noble is the latest queen to be profiled in Huffington Post’s ongoing series about Brooklyn’s bubbling alternative drag community.   (See my previous post.)

Ms. Noble’s signature looks include a shrunken-head visage. 

 

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Extremely impractical, but I love it!

 

QUESTION: HOW DOES LATIFAH SLEEP AT NIGHT?

Of all the queens in the universe, entertainer Queen Latifah bugs me the most.  I find it so sad and infuriating that she still won’t come out, even on her new talk show.

 

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There are so many young gay people, including black lesbians, who are craving for out-and-proud role models.  Instead of seizing the opportunity, Latifah remains silent and selfish.

I might poke fun at my drag queen sisters, but they’re a hell of a lot more authentic than Latifah, even under a heavy coat of makeup!