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Last night I had a wonderful time at the Museum of the City of New York as part of a panel discussion about queer nightlife throughout the ages.

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My fellow panelists (from left), Slate editor June Thomas, historian Eric Marcus, Papi Juice promoter Oscar Nñ and Clit Club founder Julie Tolentino.

 

I managed to be fairly articluate and amazed the crowd with my vast knowledge of nightlife. (I’m old!)

 

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After an extensive renovation, the museum looks fantastic. I wore a gown because it was an uptown event!

 

Going home was a pain! Some friends and I took a cab down Fifth Avenue and ran into a hideous traffic jam. It wasn’t until we got further downtown that we realized it was due to the new extra ring of security around Trump Tower. Another reason to dislike the Donald!

Tomorrow I shall be venturing out again as I host the 18th anniversary of the Cock, NYC’s most notorious gay bar. My connection to the place is that I used to throw a very successful party called “Slurp” at its former location. So I’ve got sentimental value.

 

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Tickets are a hefty $20. But you can get advance $10 tickets here.

 

This Tuesday, December 6th, at 6:30pm, I am part of a panel at the City Museum of New York discussing the ongoing importance of queer nightlife in NYC. The event is in conjunction with the museum’s current “Gay Gotham” exhibit.

Hmm, I gotta think of something better than “Fag bars are good for getting drunk and making out with strangers.”

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Facebook Event Page

 

Having lived through the worst days of the AIDS crisis, I will never forget the suffering and deaths of many of my friends—and the unforgivable do-nothing response by our government (led by hideous President Reagan).
I was radicalized  during those years, and one of the most important lessons that I learned is that oppressed people always have to shout the loudest for any sort of justice to be served.

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My friend Sylvia London recently sent me a photo from a few years back of us at the MIX queer film festival, which always features incredible art installations as part of the annual event. (The next gathering has been postponed from this month to February.)

 

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It reminds me of the faraway planet landscapes of the old Star Trek TV series…

 

 

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This past weekend there was a marathon of the show on BBC.  Definitely one of my fave programs of all time. Love the campy sets & costumes and the message of peace, tolerance and respect for all creatures!