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Sasha Velour’s “Night Gowns” Makes A Comeback

SASHA VELOUR’S

NIGHT GOWNS

NIGHTLIFE

01-22-23

RuPaul’s Drag Race season 9 winner Sasha Velour returns with her famous Night Gowns show. The six monthly performances will be held at (le) poison rouge. The opening show featured Sasha Colby, Sweaty Eddie and La Zavaleta as the performing cast. Miss Malice and Zoe Ziegfeld from Brooklyn-based queer and drag burlesque collective Switch ‘n Play make an appearance. The cast raises $3,000 for a grassroots non-profit organization G.L.I.T.S. “dedicated to supporting the LGBTQIA+ community on a global scale.”

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Activisim Events Nightlife Timeline

The Task Force and Retro Factory Raise $20K to Combat Violent Rhetoric and Anti-LGBTQ Legislation

THE NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE

& RETRO FACTORY:

REVENGE OF THE NERDS

NIGHTLIFE

12-08-22

Last Thursday night a group of nerds and nerd-lovers descended on Boxers HK to raise money for the National LGBTQ Task Force that directly combats violent rhetoric and anti-LGBTQ legislation. The Task Force teamed up with an event organizer Retro Factory to put on an exciting party filled with dance flash-mobs, raffles, an auction, and performances by a Brooklyn-based drag king Sweaty Eddie. The goal to raise $16,000 was superseded by the night’s end.

Queens-based drag artist Glow Job who closely works with the Task Force and Retro Factory explains why this fund-raiser is so timely and important: “After the shooting at Club Q, we need to step up even more and continue to protect ourselves . . . hopefully, our donations will help to end these attacks on our community.”

Evan Davidoff, a yoga instructor and a senior manager for major gifts at the Task Force says: “The National LGBTQ Task Force and Retro Factory teamed up for a queer radical holiday fundraiser with a nerdy twist: Revenge of the NERDS! Together they launched the first event of the Task Force’s NY Emerging Leaders Network: a group to engage LGBTQ folks in NYC who want to be a part of the Task Force’s radical queer fundraising efforts. The National LGBTQ Task Force is about to celebrate its 50th anniversary! They have been the voice of the progressive movement in the LGBTQ community and the LGBTQ voice in the progressive movement since 1973. To support their work to advance liberation, justice, and equality for queer people everywhere we came together and raised approximately $20,000!

Participants and attendees may download their photos for personal use ONLY through this LINK. Please credit @sidewalkkilla if posting on social media.

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Alexey Kim

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Events Nightlife Timeline

Glam Awards 2022

GLAM AWARDS

SONY HALL, NY

NIGHTLIFE

01-30-22

The Glam Awards celebrate NYC Nightlife for the 23rd time. Sidewalkkilla is nominated for two categories: Best Nightlife Photographer and Best Blogger/Writer. The Rosé and Brita Filter host. Guests and nominees include Aquaria, Virginia Thicc, Novaczar, Boy Radio, The Dragon Sisters, Rify Royalty, Michael Musto, Tina Twirler and much more!

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Alexey Kim

Founder

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Events Festivals The Mixer Timeline

Erin Teresa is Here for The Cake Boys

ERIN TERESA IS HERE FOR

THE CAKE BOYS

KNOCKDOWN CENTER, QUEENS

BUSHWIG 2021

Bushwig is such a beautiful event and it is amazing to see it grow year after year, bringing more and more people together. They come to celebrate their individuality through performance and dress, bringing their most imaginative selves to life surrounded by a community of love. The best moment from this year, for me, was when my favorite people, performers, and producers of the Drag King Collective, The Cake Boys took to the stage. This collective has opened up stages and opportunities to Drag Kings, Things, and non-binary performers not often seen in NYC, not since the eighties. We all love to see the queens strutting on the stage, however, for this community to be completely inclusive, an appreciation must be made for such incredible performers as The Cake Boys, and that is what they have worked so hard to create!

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Erin Teresa

Photographer

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Nightlife The Mixer Timeline

The Cake Boys: Return Of The Drag Kings

THE MIXER | NIGHTLIFE

The Cake Boys:

Return Of The Drag Kings

A bourgeoning queer scene hailed the drag kings and queens taking to the stages of lower Manhattan in the early nineties. Kings were on the rise – the likes of Buster Hymen, Justin Kase, Mo B. Dick, Labio, Dred, and Murray Hill were just a few performing regularly and with a strong following. They ruled the night, offering up weekly dance parties, drag king competitions, and performances at venues like the Pyramid Club, Her-She Bar, and Club Casanova, which held a weekly drag king party up until the city’s crackdown on nightlife and clubs. This crackdown seems to have, in part, brought a halt to the momentum of drag king performances and what surely would have been the continuous rise of a drag king scene.

The Bachelorex Show. Richard, DJ Gay Panic & Jack Rabbit Slims

Fast-forward to now and drag queens have persevered and are even the belles of all the balls, while their royal counterparts have seen little to no representation, support, or notoriety. The question then is, why have drag queens moved into the mainstream but drag kings seem to have been left out?

An article in GQ magazine from this past summer talked about just this subject in conjunction with the MET Gala and it’s theme of “Camp.” Interviewed, within the article, is renowned drag star Sasha Velour.

She states, in response to going to the Gala in drag … as a king, that this is

“who I think are just as responsible for the camp sensibility as us queens!”

And also points out

“… masculinity is so inherently ridiculous and over the top camp … I think about facial hair, which is a kind of decorative adornment, or the tuxedo, which is one of the most complicated and status-shifting garments in the world. Drag kings taught me to see the construction of the male image … I think it’s a lesson the world needs right now, but we are lacking an appreciation for the artists pursuing it.” 

Enter The Cake Boys, a new drag king collective in Brooklyn, NY.

They explained to me that they were

“born out of frustration. There was a huge lack of representation of drag kings on the NYC drag scene. At one point we could count all the drag kings there are on one hand. On top of being so few and far in between we were also excluded in many events, paid less than half of what queens do for gigs, we were tipped less, and our voices have been drowned out by drag queens.”

Artists and performers needed to have a voice that is heard, and to be recognized and supported within their creative community. I am truly inspired by people who not only create a space of their own, but then open it up to support others. The Cake Boys do just that and do it with so much love and encouragement. This collective not only supports each other but they open up their arms and stage – by opening up their collective space they are creating a much-needed platform for new kings and nonbinary performers to have a safe, positive space to come out and express themselves. I am so grateful to have connected and collaborated with them! 

Benoit Dubois

Skid Caesar

Richard

The Cake Boys have put on two scripted shows that I was able to photograph. Each show has been made up of their core collective with guest drag kings and nonbinary performers to round out the show. The first was The Bachelorex and took place at The Vault in Brooklyn. In classic reality TV style, it was a show full of drama, potential love connections, lust connections, the love of a mother, an impromptu proposal and wedding, and a surprise ending that elicited gasps aplenty from the audience. All roses aside, love was felt by everyone. It was sultry, sassy, sexy, a little camp, and a lot of fun! Technically speaking I was shooting with 35mm Cinestill film, a still type of cinematographer’s film, which lent a very saturated color story to the photographs. I really love the moody, blue velvet, cabaret feel to the shots, while the show itself was light and comedic. 

Sweaty Eddie

dismas!

Sam Bam Thankyoumaam

Desmond Doo Doo

The second show, The Dood Network, took place at The Footlight Bar in Queens and was an equally light and comedic show. A take on The Food Network with two of its most infamous chefs as hosts, Gay Fageri and Emril LaGassy. They took us on a fantastical culinary tour. It was a plentiful feast of flagellation, self-love, fresh juice, an epic French fry off, salad tossing, hot, savory, sausages, ornery chef rants, and eggs, eggs, eggs galore! All for the love of good food and friends. The performances were incredibly creative, campy, and wildly entertaining. I shot this show on classic 35mm Kodak Portra film. The results were warm tones and soft lines which I feel fit with the performances and the space. 

At the end of each show the stage opened up for new artists, even some first-time performers to the stage, to strut their stuff. These artists were incredibly talented, passionate, and brave. One of my favorite things about this collective is the care and support they show the community.

”We wanted to provide a platform to drag kings and nonbinary performers … We’ve also loved that more and more kings have been coming out of the woodwork. Each open set we have, we get a bunch of new performers that always blow our minds.”

It is that sense of paying it forward and lifting each other up that makes The Cake Boys so wonderful, making a space where new drag performers feel supported and encouraged. The energy at a Cake Boys show is nothing short of the best, warm, supportive, hilarious hug.

When I asked them how it felt to be part of such an amazing creative community, they said,

”Being part of this community now and seeing all the folks who come out to our shows is incredible. Each show I’m surprised by the excitement in the audience and the compliments we receive after the shows.”

A Cake Boys show is an experience. I always leave feeling lighter, more positive, and hopeful for the quirky, the creative, and the sensitive, the brazen, and the shy.

For me the most amazing part of being a photographer is the ability to shoot subjects I am attracted to. I feel a strong pull towards performers due to their creativity, bravery, vulnerability, and how that translates to photographs. I am forever in awe of people that can be so fearless in their expression. I truly love the fluidity of gender, and character roles and the freedom with which individuals express their identities. I would say that I feel a connection to drag kings because, while I am not brave enough to be a performer, in my everyday life I feel a strength and confidence dressing in a more traditionally masculine style.

Juniper Juicy

As simple as always preferring pants to skirts and dresses, sneakers to heels, and continuously searching for the perfect suit. 

As Murray Hill would say,

“For me it’s all about the suit, professionally and personally. A suit has always been armor, a shield, and a superhero cape.” And who doesn’t want to feel like being comfortable in their own skin makes them a superhero? 

And who doesn’t want to feel like being comfortable in their own skin makes them a superhero? 

NOTE: Photo library below is a mix between The Bachelorex at The Vault (blue photos) and The Dood Network at The Footlight (warm tone photos). Both venues have been permanently closed post-pandemic.

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Erin Teresa

Photographer

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Events Pride Timeline

Brooklyn Pride 2019 Was Invaded by Bible-Thumpers

EVENTS | PRIDE

Brooklyn Pride 2019 Was Invaded by Bible-Thumpers

Families attended Brooklyn’s family-friendly street fair before the dusk march, but so did a bunch of Bible-wielding men that were telling everyone that homosexuality is sin…

sidewalkkilla

The Brooklyn LGBTQ+ march took place on June 8 along Fifth Avenue, in Park Slope. The day started off with a family-friendly street fair that I had a chance to attend.

Brooklyn Pride was somewhat interesting as I noticed several groups of people along the length of the closed-off street holding up anti-queer placards, undoubtedly trying to rain on our parade. They were successful in dampening the mood of certain attendees, who were visibly frustrated as they tried to argue with the religious groups. Some people, including me, stopped in front of the signs in disbelief, reading a couple of dumb things on the posters such as

“You were not born that way, even if so, Jesus said you must be born again”

and

“God is Love, outside of Him and His ways it is perversion.”

A drag queen approached one such group and demanded to show the exact verse in which homosexuality was deemed as a sin. The guy’s response was “Oh, you gonna make me pull it out?,” most probably referring to the Bible. After a failed attempt to procure the evidence and back his talk up on the drag queen’s request, the cis-gendered man assured the gathered crowd around him that his group wasn’t specifically targeting “homosexuals” – they would also gladly attend a parade for murderers or thieves if such parades existed.

A girl, who couldn’t have been more than 13, wasn’t much pacified by his proclamation, grabbed a younger girl’s hand and stormed off –not before yelling out,

“Do you know what it feels like to be disowned by your Christian family because you’re a lesbian?!”

I know, baby girl, I know. 

If there is one problem we do have, it is with people that are trying to stop other people from being fabulous or equate homosexuality to being a thief or a murderer. If being fabulous is a sin, see you in hell honey!

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Alexey Kim

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