Picture it: the Marina, 2000, a club called Trap Door playing goofy throwback hip-hop, shirty dudes and "woo" girls playing the heter-mating game with hetero-abando.
In strut a gaggle of rough and ready queers, me included, part of Guerrilla Queer Bar, to shake things up and sprinkle a little unicorn rainbow dust (and wig hair) on the proceedings. Web 1.0 was in full effect, queers were losing their spaces, and so we wanted to "take it back" by invading "straight" neighborhoods and wreaking a little lavender havoc -- you know, to even things out and have fun. It was kind of the original flashmob, spread only by the limited social media of the time (i.e. email listservs).
Folsom Street Fair is coming hard upon us -- don't be left hanging upside down without a solid party plan. The following picks will help you whip your way through the lame into the hard, dark, wet embrace of excellent nightlife.
First our video spirit guide: This excellent short film shot by Leo Herrera and Aron Kantor of last year's fair - from cameras mounted on their leather puppy masks.
SUPER EGO Just like the Bible says, "We're all born naked; the rest is drag." Everyone's a drag queen of some sort or other, for good or ill, and since 1995 the incredible annual Faux Queen Pageant has been proving that sometimes the best drag queens of all are women.Read more »
SUPER EGO/ FALL ARTS This feisty discombobulation of a nightlife column turns 10 in October (old!) — to celebrate, here's a wee selection of premium upcoming blackouts and future glitter emergencies. Never look back, never look down!
Fierce transgender MC is the mother of the New Orleans sissy bounce movement: She'll make your jeans quake.
SUPER EGO I've been kind of taking a healthgoth/normcore approach to life lately — banging my sequined coffin shut at 10pm or so, then springing out, my mirrorball Reboks shooting fire, for an early morning jog and beet shake (extra pollen). Does this mean I'm ready to be a dad? I'm even hanging out most nights at the gay sports bar, hiking volcanic parks on weekends, and refusing cocktail straws with my drinks, to save the Earth.Read more »
From the wild, wild, wide world of British clubbing: People are calling the video below "the worst club promo ever," but I kinda want to go. It's not often you find so much abandon, bounce, tan spray, and just plain this in nightlife these days: