GAG Wants YOU!

GAG wants YOU to spray paint your clothes with our stencils and then WEAR THEM at The March with us!

Join your fellow GAGGERS tomorrow, June 23rd, for our ANNUAL SPRAY PARTY at Lucky Bar (168 Avenue B between 10th & 11th Streets) from 1:00pm – 5:00pm! Bring a t-shirt, jacket, messenger bag, hat, bra or jockstrap to spray paint the Gays Against Guns logo onto, and have fun huffing paint with your GAG family. The family that huffs together stays together!

Then the NEXT DAY, Sunday, June 24th, is the PRIDE MARCH! There’s been a LOT of contention around the organization of The March this year. Not least of which comes from Heritage of Pride limiting each contingent to 200 participants. They’re issuing wristbands, and asking folks to show the wristband to access the holding area, from which we’ll be stepping off to join the March. Because of this provision, GAG decided to ask as many of us as possible to participate as Human Beings (the folks dressed in all white, each of whom represents someone who lost their life to gun violence). Our *goal* number is 104 Human Beings, because that’s the average number of people who die from a gunshot every day in The United States. At this time we have 75 people confirmed and over 30 who’ve signed up but haven’t replied to our confirmation text / email. So, if you’re definitely interested in being an HB but haven’t signed up yet, PLEASE email us at : hbspride18@gmail.com

If you want to march with us, but are NOT interested in being an HB, you have a few options. We’re looking for a some more marshals, and a few more HB wranglers (people who’d make sure the HB’s are fine, have water if needed, and don’t get approached by other marchers). If you’re interested in helping out in those ways, please also email us at : hbspride18@gmail.com. You’ll be asked to wear all black so as to distinguish yourself from the HB’s. The OTHER option is slightly more complicated. We definitely want as many people to march with us as possible, and we encourage you to join us, even if you don’t have a wristband. We were told that some of the Resistance contingents would be arriving with fewer than 200 people, and that the Heritage of Pride volunteers who will be staffing the entrance to our staging area, which is 17th Street between 7th & 8th Avenues, would make allowances for that fact. (IMPORTANT SIDE NOTE : you MUST approach this area from the WEST side of the avenue. There will NOT be an opportunity to cross the avenue at 17th Street, or probably anywhere near there). It is, however, crucial to know that we don’t have any assurances from HOP that people without wristbands will be allowed into our staging area. This is one of the many, many issues that some individuals, as well as the group The Reclaim Pride Coalition, have been upset with Heritage of Pride about. To voice your anger and/or concerns, attend the Reclaim Pride Coalition meeting tomorrow (Saturday 6/23) morning at The Center (208 W 13th Street in Manhattan) from 11:00am – 2:00pm and make yourself heard.

So, we’d love to see you all there, but be forewarned that there’s a possibility that it will include an argument at the gate. There will be GAG members at 17th St & 7th Ave at all times, so please reach out to them if you’re experiencing difficulty entering the staging area. This is OUR March, and we do NOT want ANYONE to be kept from participating in it.

Gays Against Guns had our very first public appearance at The Pride March in 2016. It was only a few short days after the Pulse shooting, and our emotions were raw and on display. We could never have imagined that GAG would not only survive, but flourish into a national organization, with new chapters springing up often. We’ve introduced direct action and civil disobedience into the vernacular for the Gun Violence Prevention movement, and we’ve charted a course for new groups, such as March For Our Lives, by showing them that the time for polite conversation around the topic of gun violence has past. We’re so VERY proud of the work that we’ve done, and the accomplishments that we’ve made. And we owe it all to you : our membership. YOU ARE GAG! JOIN US AT THE MARCH AND CLAIM YOUR SPACE!!!

For more info about GAG, visit : www.gaysagainstguns.net

Giving Blood

“A really great reception makes me feel like I have a great big warm heating pad all over me. People en masse have always been wonderful to me. I truly have a great love for an audience, and I used to want to prove it to them by giving them blood.”

Judy Garland

 

 

Model Report

The art of fine art modeling is a fine modeling art. Recently a very important and renown American fine artist chose Shopping Anyone as a model to be included in one his very important and renown works of sculpture. Seen here, “Shopping” representing the Campus Cuties.

The artist? Kenny Scharf. Yes, that’s right…The Kenny Scharf. What an honor for this female figurine model. Click the picture above and really get into the glittering details of the glitter details.

Meanwhile – what about this?

Have you seen it at night? It lights up…

in Union Square nightly.

My Favorite Barbarella

No contest. Ferrante and Teicher all the way. That opening is supreme gigantic glamor.

Tinkley and bubbling. It’s OK to dance, go ahead and move a little. Let yourself go….

 

She fell in love with an angel but it didn’t work out.

Always Three Piece Down – High Steppin’, Hip Dressin’ Fella – Love Unlimited

High stepper, clean dresser
High stepper, clean dresser

High steppin’, hip dressin’ fella
You got it together
High steppin’, hip dressin’ fella
You got it together

High steppin’, hip dressin’ fella
You got it together
High steppin’, hip dressin’ fella
You got it together

There’s a guy in the neighborhood
And, oh Lord, if I could
I’d wrap him up and take him home

His machine is always clean
Whenever he’s on the scene
And there’s always a crowd around

Girls watch him like a hawk
Ah-watchin’ his body talk
Oh Lord, they love for him to get down, ooh

Oh, if I could find a way to tell him
I’m what he really needs
Oh, but they say you’re not a lady

If you feel that you

really need someone who

that makes you feel like, ooh
I don’t know what I shall I do?

He’s a high steppin’, hip dressin’ fella
You got it together
High steppin’, hip dressin’ fella
You got it together

He’s always so polite
And never seems uptight
He’s the kind of a man a woman wants around

Hair cut close and neat
Decked down to his feet
And he’s always 3-piece down

I’ve got to find a way to tell him
I’m really all he needs
They say you’ve got to be a lady

You’ve got to play along
You can’t come on strong
I don’t care if it’s wrong
I just want to get it on! (with a)

High steppin’, hip dressin’ fella
You really got it together
High steppin’, hip dressin’ fella
You really got it together

High stepper

Clean dresser

Christopher Makos – Stand Up Portraits at Ralph Pucci

I’m honored to be included in a show of Christopher Makos’ photos on view now at Ralph Pucci International – 44 West 18 St NY, NY 1001. The series is, “Stand Up Portraits” by Christopher Makos and I’m thinking this was taken about 1993. I remember feeling great about just being asked to pose and to be included. Christopher’s photography has always been pure class so I was inspired to try and portray some.

The outfit was a working sample from the Todd Oldham showroom, came with the beret and was returned quite heavily smudged with derma-color pretty much all over the entire inside. Oops. Is it too late to say, “I’m sorry?” Funny the things you remember… Todd and Tony and Angel had quite a few tricks for cleaning the samples though, I remember a paste of Cascade being one of their secret big guns. Was it Granny who discovered that one? Such are the details that remain among the faded spots that make up, “The Stains of Our Lives.” Wait, if my stains are my story then what about all the ones that came out!?

The shoes were the Blahniks I wore in a few of Todd’s shows – black duchess satin (who said duchess satin?) with gold straps and gold “actual woman height” heels. They were so perfectly balanced, it was hard to know you had them on. I once saw Carrie Donovan wearing the same exact style at 60,000 feet in the air while traveling at mach 2.0. True fact. Pointed with no pinch. Comfortable? You put those on and you say, “What shoe?” “Am I wearing a shoe right now?” “Seriously, look at my foot, am I wearing a shoe on my foot right now?” That’s a shoe. What a shoe.

I borrowed the wig from Sister Dimension.

“A wig and a hat, no questions asked.” – that’s a quote from Teri Toye. I never forgot it. Now you never will either.