My game-show hostess career continues with my biggest Bingo ever!

On Thursday, December 29th, I’ll be hosting a special holiday event, “Ho Ho Bingo,” in the main room of Le Poisson Rouge. (I normally host every Friday and Saturday in the smaller Gallery Lounge.)



Pressure is on to attract a lot of people—and make sure everyone has a great time!  The main room is not as intimate as I’m used to so I gotta try my best to keep things lively and friendly.

Will I soar to new heights? Or flop and be banished from NYC forever? Stop by and find out! It’s free so you got nothing to lose!


I’ve never set foot in a David Barton gym, but it still seems pretty momentous to me that all of its NYC outposts have abruptly closed. Although never a gay company per se, it was very influential in popularizing the gay fitness and muscle craze—and the current gay body ideal. 

When it was founded in 1992, gay gyms were confined mostly to Chelsea, and most gay guys the world over still had “average” non-muscular bodies. DB gym made it trendy to work out by featuring DJs, nightclub decor and sexy ad campaigns, as well as Mr. Barton’s high-profile marriage to party promoter Susanne Bartsch. (He left his company in 2013 and now owns TMPL gym in Hell’s Kitchen.)


Susanne Bartsch and David Barton flank designer Marc Jacobs.


As the years went by and the company expanded, it wasn’t just Chelsea queens who were working out; the entire gay population jumped on the fitness bandwagon. Someday I might join a gym, too!

(The “Look Better Naked” ad below is from 2001 from HX Magazine, featuring club personalities Amanda Lepore, Sophia Lamar, Richie Rich and a gaggle of go-go boys.)



I find this terrifying!

Kimberly Pierce, the queer director of the 1999 film Boys Don’t Cry, was greeted with anger and insults by trans activists when she recently appeared at progressive Reed College in Oregon. (They hung a sign on her podium that said “Fuck this cis white bitch.”)

For various reasons the activists regard the film as transphobic rather than an important achievement in trans visibility. For the protesters, there is no historical context to consider; the movie simply doesn’t meet their rigid standards of today.

It makes me wonder if I would receive the same sort of vicious response if I revived some of my own creative projects, also from the 1990s.

Get the full story at the queer culture site Bully Bloggers.