Six Feet From Stardom: My Life Spent Being Almost Famous

Six Feet From Stardom: My Life Spent Being Almost Famous

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | The entertainers featured in the Oscar-winning 2013 documentary 20 Feet From Stardom have nothing on me. I’ve gotten much closer than that! I’ve almost been able to taste fame, while self-sabotaging things just enough to underline my lack of superstar talent and confirm a seat in the bleachers. Some of this […]

Ginger Minj & Gidget Galore Bring Broadway-Themed Show to Gate of Great White Way

Ginger Minj & Gidget Galore Bring Broadway-Themed Show to Gate of Great White Way

A show whose thematic “Oomh!” comes from the Broadway songbook’s emotional depth and camp-friendly absurdities has arrived on West 42nd Street—the very doorstep of its source material—to throw down the gauntlet. Fortunately for us, the gauntlet is actually two pairs of long satin evening gloves worn with confident, comedic ferocity by native-to-Florida drag queens Ginger […]

The 100 Best New Drag Queen and Drag King Names!

The 100 Best New Drag Queen and Drag King Names!

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | I never get tired of coming up with drag queen names because it’s a chance to be punny and funny and a little bit incorrect. Here goes—and I’ll not only include a few actual drag queens’ names, I’ll follow that with some names for the drag kings, too. NOTE: Want more, […]

Chelsea Dance in Living Color: A First Look at Fall

Chelsea Dance in Living Color: A First Look at Fall

BY ELIZABETH ZIMMER | There’s been a sea-change in our dance and performance art communities. Building since before the pandemic, it is now firmly entrenched. The first inkling of the shift came years ago, when the proportion of Bessies (New York Dance and Performance Awards) won by BIPOC artists began to rise dramatically. On August […]

Flame Con 2023 Tackles Tragedy and Controversy

Flame Con 2023 Tackles Tragedy and Controversy

BY CHARLI BATTERSBY | New York City’s LGBT Nerd convention, Flame Con, had its seventh live incarnation August 12 and 13, marking the second in-person version since COVID caused the live con scene to collapse in 2020. Cosplayers, gamers, and comic book enthusiasts gathered at the Sheraton Times Square for two days of fabulous fandom. While […]

Cyberbullying Doc ‘Break the Game’ Speedruns Through Levels of Nuance

Cyberbullying Doc ‘Break the Game’ Speedruns Through Levels of Nuance

BY CHARLI BATERSBY | The documentary Break the Game begins with director/producer/co-editor Jane M. Wagner sorting through three thousand hours of footage of Narcissa Wright playing video games. When someone has three thousand hours of footage of themselves playing video games, and changes their name to “Narcissa,” and sleeps in front of a webcam with […]

Swag in the Bag, Queens in the Street: West 22nd’s ‘Pride Pop-Up’ Finds Its Rainbow Connection

Swag in the Bag, Queens in the Street: West 22nd’s ‘Pride Pop-Up’ Finds Its Rainbow Connection

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | On Wednesday, June 21, the NYC Department of Transportation presented to Manhattan Community Board 4 their design proposal for the 200 block of West 22nd Street. As part of the City’s Open Streets program since May 2020, the elimination of most vehicular traffic between Seventh and Eighth Aves. for as much […]

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