“I can’t pay my rent with being a vampire, Rachel… can I?”
“When I opened the bar in 1991, we had a jukebox. Yeah that’s about it. Back then folks were not so intent on being in fabulous spaces. They just wanted a safe space to congregate.”
The history and art exhibit opens tonight and runs through June 30 at Plummer Park in West Hollywood. Zines! Avengers! Arrests! Street resistance! And a grassroots organizing panel!
I met up with Amber of Amber’s Closet to experience a couple days in her life as an influencer and YouTuber while raging at Krave Spring Break. Basically, she’s never off the clock, even when the party is off the chain.
Honestly this year was the wildest I’ve ever seen it. Maybe it’s the political climate but everyone turned out for a good time.
“I use my art as a form of activism. I want my art to convey pride and courage, fearlessness through bold color. Creatively, this IS the time for artists to rise and do our part.”
Protip: leave around the time you see clowns passed out on the floor.
I visited two Pride parades in Portugal and I’m here to tell you all about it!
Kaylah’s face is the official face of a queer art exhibition stacked with badass queer artists including Chelsea Barg, Shannon Lester, and Shelley Penner, among others.
We eased into the raging with a potluck of queers.
As one speaker said, ‘a federal official suggested that maybe it was best to cancel the festivities – we said back, maybe you don’t know who we are.’ We stand up, fight hate, and spread love.
“It sounds like the start of a fairy tale, except The Woods doesn’t lead to witches that boil children. It leads to neo-feminist witches who can read your horoscope, make kombucha and tattoo your pinkie. They’re pretty hot.”
This year I decided to DO Dinah (as opposed to last year when I ran away and went camping). It’s basically “how long can I survive in the heat before I die” and then “how long can I stay at this party before I pass out” and repeat.
“In Berlin people talk about it, expats especially, in hushed, reverent tones. The sound system, which is supposed to be one of the best in the world. The DJ acts you’ve never heard of with names like Fuck Buttons. And that magical moment in the morning when the blinds at Panorama Bar are yanked open and the suddenly-illuminated, all-night revelers start to cheer.”
“I’ve loved dance ever since I was convinced I was Sporty Spice and my living room was Madison Square Garden. I started classes at age 12 and haven’t stopped since.”
Molly followed Sharpe Suiting’s founder and CEO, Leon Wu, around with her camera for a day and learned all about his LA-based company that creates gender-neutral ready-to-wear clothing and custom suits (and now dresses!) for all body types and all identities.
There’s a new queer-lady-friendly space in town called Qulture Collective. It’s a combination of cafe, workspace, gallery, retail store, and event space and it is really, truly, rad.
Wish you were hanging out with Brittani Nichols? Yeah, join the club. Until then, we can follow her around through a day in her life through the lens of a camera!
Oakland Pride was super chill and lots of fun.
Outside Lands: It’s chilly, there are trees, there’s great music and delicious food. You should go.