Gay clubs in New York are a thing of the past, having vanished in the 1990s when iconic spots like the Roxy and Twilo closed up shop to make room for things like high-rise condos and Sleep No More. XL at the OUT NYC is the city's only remaining big gay room, and even that stands empty several nights a week. These days, gay club nights are centered around gay bars—where you'll find world-class drag queens every night of the week—or nights in mixed spaces like Stage 48. But the demise of the megaclub hasn't diluted queer clubbing. If anything, the slacking velvet rope has resulted in a more mixed and democratic scene, from the basement discos of the Village to loft parties in Brooklyn.
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Kate Clinton hosts and Toshi Reagon performs at the "Lammys," honoring the best and brightest in LGBT writing. In addition to awarding writers in a wide variety of categories, this year's program gives special honors to John Waters and Rita Mae Brown, who will be introduced by Liz Smith and Gloria Steinem.Read more
Get decked out in your kinkiest gear—or at least don't show up in an ironic tee and orange Pumas, hipster—for the city's biggest weekly fetish bash. Barbers will be there to help you achieve that sexy buzz-cut look, and bootblacks will keep your kicks glossy as you chug cheap beer. Acceptable attire includes leather, rubber and uniforms. Check the website for more extensive info. And don't fuck it up—the doorman's decision is final.Read more
Our heart hasn't quite been in it since fan favorite Katya was sent packing a few weeks ago, but at least she'll be among the season-seven contestants performing at this live announcement of who will be America's Next Drag Superstar. Tonight's show also includes performances from this season's finalists: Ginger Minj, Violet Chachki and hometown queen Pearl. Last year's winner, Bianca Del Rio, hosts, with Lady Bunny on the decks.Read more