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Today's East Village is the slightly grittier cousin of its West Side neighbor: the stomping ground of designer-dog walkers, baby-buggy pushers and well-scrubbed NYU students staring at expensive cell phones. But 20 years ago, on the verge of full gentrification, it was still full of casual junkies, party people and decidedly unscrubbed NYU students hovering around pay phones. That was when Mario Diaz ruled gay nightlife downtown, packing neighborhood dive bars with seekers of dark corners and cheap thrills. At parties like Foxy and Studio Filthy Whore, and his bar the Cock on Avenue A (mostly unrelated to the current incarnation of that bar on Second Avenue), Diaz helped make stars of performers like Jackie Beat, Justin Vivian Bond and the Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears. And his influence on gay nightlife is still apparent: Those back rooms are still out there, if you know where to look, and ’90s East Village drag stars definitely laid the groundwork for today’s Brooklyn drag queens. A new documentary about Diaz, Club King, directed by Jon Bush, unspools at the Celebration of Whimsy on Saturday, May 30. Bond hosts the screening, and Diaz will be back in town from Los Angeles (where he now works as an actor when he’s not hosting parties). The after-party should be, to put it lightly, interesting. Here, some of the members of Diaz’s Giuliani-era rat pack look back on the days gone by.