Wednesday is “friends’ day” here at The Novus, as well as in my everyday life. This week I’d like to draw your attention to 100 Boyfriend’s Mixtape, a new film by my very talented friend Brontez Purnell which is premiering this Saturday at Outfest.
Last week i was joined on The Novus by the lovely and gracious VivvyAnne ForeverMORE to talk about the show she recently co-produced: Work MORE! 7: Daughters of a Riot, which was a celebration of San Francisco’s hidden queer history, via the mediums of drag performance, signing, burlesque, and dance. By all accounts it was an amazing program, and now Vivvy is making her way to L.A.
For different people home means different things. For some it might be their childhood home, or the city they grew up in, or the apartment they share with their lover or best friend. For me, home is an altogether different kind of place.
I caught the last day of the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival this afternoon. I went almost out of some vague sense of obligation; my friend Hunter was volunteering, and I knew there would be a number of artists and performers there whom I admire, but that wasn’t it really. I went because going to the Tom of Finland Art & Culture Festival is the sort of thing one does when one is a history-minded faggot with certain notions of queer culture, and I suppose I see myself as just such a faggot.
Is gay culture dying? It’s a debate that I’m no stranger to, though it isn’t the one I came home after nearly three weeks of traveling expecting to have. Yet that is what I found yesterday on Slate. With the opening salvos being fired enthusiastically by outspoken butch lesbian Vanessa Vitiello Urquhart, who not only argues that gay culture is going the way of the eight-track, she goes one step further by choreographing a little soft-shoe on its grave.
I want to thank you for taking time out of what is almost certainly a very busy schedule to respondto my criticism of your earlier piece in Vice. I also feel that I owe you two apologies. The first for taking so long to respond. I know a week is an unforgivably long time on the Internets, but a recent move and the onset of the holidays have kept my hands full. The second is for somehow leaving you with the impression that i don’t think gay culture is worthy of criticism. Gay culture has some serious problems. The decline of gay bars, the rise of Grindr, and enemies. No, not the kids from Glee. Real enemies.