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 […]

Walk Before You March: A Report from AWNY 2023

Walk Before You March: A Report from AWNY 2023

BY SCOTT STIFFLER | Pride Weekend crowds flocking to LGBTQ+ events in large, largely maskless numbers are as good an indicator as any that the cancellations and eerie calm of COVID is, at present, largely behind us. And tomorrow’s NYC Pride March and Queer Liberation March—expected to have robust participant and spectator attendance—may be the […]

On the Stage and In the Street, PRIDE Month Has Many Tales to Tell

On the Stage and In the Street, PRIDE Month Has Many Tales to Tell

Activities Roundup Compiled by Scott Stiffler Featured Events in This Order: NYC Pride March / Pride Pop-Up on W. 22nd St. / Reclaim Pride Coalition’s 2023 Queer Liberation March / Ballroom in Focus Exhibit at Chelsea Market / The Golden Girlz Live! / Lady Bunny’s Don’t Bring the Kids and Leola’s Lady Land Lounge / District Defined: […]

Happy Pride! Here’s Why Drag is Important!

Happy Pride! Here’s Why Drag is Important!

BY MICHAEL MUSTO | I hope you’re having a wonderful Pride month. Just make sure to tip your drag queens! Drag has been ridiculously under attack by haters and as a result, I always crack that today’s drag stars will end up with an Emmy in one hand and handcuffs on the other. For years […]