Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Photos: Clover Honey with Rollerina; Flotilla DeBarge and Clover Honey; Rob Valan (Leather Night Out)
Monday, April 23, 2007
I was in the company of NY Assembly Member Danny O'Donnell, future NY Assembly Member Micah Kellner, NYC Council Member Gail Brewer, GOAL President George Farrugia, Esq., Yetta Kuland, Esq., Drew Tagliabue and Phyllis of PFLAG, Queens District Leader Danny Dromm, Detective Patricia Rodrigues, Corrections Officer Jeffrey Nieves, Stonewall Democrats President Matthew Carlin, Gina Bonica, Esq., Michael Colosi, Esq., Eddie Ruiz, Howie V and others.
Photos: Corrections Officer Jeff Nieves with Clover Honey; Outside the Tavern; NYC Police Commissioner Ray Kelly with Clover Honey; Detective Patricia Rodrigues, Clover Honey and Yetta Kurland, Esq.; Matt Carlin, Clover Honey and Micah Kellner.
This years special honors call the Passion Fruit Awards went to the Hon. Alan J. Gerson (NY City Council Member) and Transgender Lesbian author & activist Kate Bornstein. Some other Fruites given went to Ted Caine and Delores Kenan for acting, Mike Albo for Comedy, Kathy Valentine and Anne Rebold for Cabaret, David Brown for Original Music, Chocolate Waters for Poetry, Jen/Ed and for Performance, Claudia Alick for directing, and two ultra fabulous Drag Divas fwho reside in Nothern California Landa Lakes and Samantha Richards. They're part of the Brush Arbor Gurlz, a Native Drag ensemble that introduces audiences to Native American culture through humor and provides Native American visibility to the larger LGBT Community. Fruities have also been given to NH (Non-Human performers.) In the past this inculued Rod and Nicky, puppets from the Broadway hit Avenue Q. The tradion continued this year as an award was given to Adam Seymour Duckstien, better known as Queer Duck. The award was accdepted by Xeth Feinberg, the animator and cartoonist who directed and designed the feature lenghth Queer Duck: The Movie. Our NH (non-human) performer and award presenter this evening was the hilarious puppet Grand Duke Lenora Von Elsingberg. I had a wonderful time being part of such a fresh and fruity event at an elegant and sophisitcated cabart like The Metropolitan Room. Friends who attended the event included Bob Montgonery (Homocomicus), Dick McCall (Stonewall Demorates), Civil rights attorneries Yetta Kurland and Gina Bonica, Tre' Xavier (Raging Stallion), Nick Curto and Suellen Rubin of All Out Arts, Veronica Vera of Miss Veria's Finishing School, a Cross-Dressing academy, Performance Artist Cary Curran, the beautiful transgender model and performer Lavern Cox, Rita Petie, Madilyn Madelaine, Howie V and many others.
Photos: Clover Honey with Brush Arbor Gurlz Landa Lakes and Samantha Richards; ONn Stage; With author/activist Kate Bornstein; Ted Caine; Clover Honey, Bob Montgonery, Dirk McCall and Yetta Kurland; Miss Veronica Vera; Xeth Feinberg (Queer Duck cartoonist.)
Thursday, April 19, 2007
Photos: At Tavern on Camac in Philly, On stage at IFGE, With Helen Boyd (author My Husband Betty) and Betty Crow, Rochelle Nicole of CDI (Cross Dressers Internatinal), Lorenzo as "Elvis", Donna Rose (author Wrapped In Blue)
Photos: Clover Honey with Adam Joseph, With Deryck Todd, Matthew Banks (HX Publisher) with Clover Honey and friend, Clover with DJ Jimmy and Madelyn
At the event I met Lucy Arnaz and her husband Laurence Luckinbill. This was the second time I've met Lucy, known for being the daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, and it's always a thrill to chat with someone so talented and who's been in so many Broadway, television and Cabaret productions. Speaking at the reception was Evan Wolfson, author of Why Marriage Matters. Wolfson is a nationally renowned attorney and director of Freedom to Marry, who hails the movement for marriage equality as "one of the first important civil rights campaigns of the 21st century." I also met actors from Some Men including Pedro Pascal (Fritz) and Romain Fruge (Carl), Tom Kirdahy, the husband of Terrence McNally and others who are trying so hard to win equality in marriage. By the way, I have a beautiful white gown all ready for when my time to take the big step comes. But I'm in no rush, I'm still having lots of fun being a single girl in New York City.
Photos: Lucy Arnaz, Poster, Clover Honey with Evan Wolfson (author of Why Marriage Matters and Chair of Marriage Equality), Tom Kirdahy (McNally's Husband) and Howie V., Actors from Some Men - Pedro Pascal (Fritz) and Romain Fruge (Carl)
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I loved being at a magnificent party with all of my Drag Diva Sisters and seeing all the fabulous and creative ensembles. There were more Jewels, sequins, feathers, fur, hairspray and (the most important accessory)- fierce attitude - than at a Gabor Family Reunion! There were also plenty of Men who dress like Men, who looked snazzy and sharp in their tuxedos and dress military uniforms. Plus, there were also some GGs (Genetic born Girls) who got all dolled up with fun, fashion and estrogen. One beautiful GG was famous fetish designer The Baroness who looked divine in gown made of pink latex! Among the attendees were Charles Busch, Julie Halston, Cabaret Icon Barbara Cook, burlesque diva Dirty Martini, Drag Queens Lady Bunny, Bianca Del Rio, Carmella Cann, Millie Sheaintwright, Flotilla DeBarge, J. Roy Helland from Hollywood's The Birdcage and the legendary Rollerina. Ms. Rollerina is among the first celebrity Drag Queens symbolizing the 1970s Disco era in NYC. She no longer dances at Studio 54 or roller skates in the streets of Greenwich Village, but she still is going strong and knows how to have a good time. My Drag Diva partygoer friends included: Cissy Galore, Bernda Bond, Loopee, Jacquline Jonee, Rita Petite, Wendy Darling, Rochelle Nicole, Lady Julie, Cassandra Hilton and countless others. My Men friends included: Ryan Wolowski (Out and About TV), Frank DeCaro (Sirius Satellite Radio), Bruce-Michael Gelbert (Q News), Drew Tagliabue (Executive Director PFLAG), Michael Mulvaney (Rainbow Connection TV), Will Clark (Porno Bingo) and many more!
Photos: Being Interviewed with Cyndi Lauper by Cognac Wellington; Barbara Cook; Empress B and Emperor Craig Hollywood; Lady Julie; Frank DeCaro of Sirius Satellite Radio; Bruce-Michael Gelbert with Clover and Ryan Wolowski; Dirty Martini; J. Roy Helland from The Birdcage; Rollerina.
Monday, April 9, 2007
On Wednesday March 28, It was time for another charity BINGO game. There are NO Church Ladies at the Bingo Bashes I attend, but there are Male Adult Entertainment Stars and it truly is a fundraiser for a good cause. It's Will Clark's Porno Bingo, the Male Adult Video Industry's way of giving back to the Community that supports them. Tonight's beneficiary was the Fresh Fruit Festival and I can't think of a more exciting way to be a Patron of the Arts than to attend tonight's games. The Fresh Fruit Fest provides networking, venues, support and creative outlets artists. Will Clark's BINGO games are a way to meet Porn Stars and local Celebrities in a fun and sexy, but relaxed and friendly way that raises money for a good cause. They take place on Wednesday evenings at 9th Avenue Bistro in NYC. I was a special guest and number caller tonight along with two sizzling stars from Raging Stallion Video, Jake Deckard and Jay Black. Singer/songwriter hottie David Serrano also performed some of his original music. The reigning Mr. Eagle 2007, Rich Weber was generous to lend his auctioneer skills for a special Jock Strap auction where our two Stars modeled and sold their athletic supporters to the highest bid in a Chinese Auction. Cabaret singer Robert Vest , David and Andrew did a wonderful job at selling the BINGO cards. Other "Celebrities" among the crowd included All Out Arts President Nick Curto, photographer Michael Alago (roughgods.com), photographer A.B., Porn Star Tre' Exavier, JC Faust from the rock band Nekked, Cabaret singer James Lloyd Bennette, two Cher impersonators (although not dressed as Cher) Devon Cass and Howie V, Eric Einstein of Pieces Bar and members of Cheer (LGBT Cheerleaders) and Amy, Rita, Madelyn, Alicia and other members of CDI (Cross-Dressers International.)
Photos: Jack Deckard with Clover; Clover Honey; Clover, Jake, Jay Black and Will Clark; David Serrano, Clover Honey and Eric Einstein.
I took the opportunity to see and be seen, taste and sip the liquor samples and network with others in the GLBT business community. This including the TV industry that I love being a part of when ran Ben Harvey of Here! TV, the most fabulous Gay television network. We laughed about the video shoot we did together for a showcase of Leather/Motorcycle themed movies a few weeks ago. We also ran into Ryan Wolowski of Out and About TV who was also in the shoot. Plus, I had the pleasure of meeting Sara Logue, of Here with Josh and Sara, the Will & Grace of Radio. And it's always fun catching up with and dishing with another Blonde, busty cable TV personality, which I did when me and Robin Byrd hugged each other.
The Exhibition went on for miles and I met so many friends, fans and acquaintances that the time also flew by, and I realized I met more people that day than many do in a year.
Photos: "Auston" and "Elton" for Gay British Tourism, On Stage, Martha Wash, Ben Harvey, Junior and Tray, Sherry Vine with James Coppola, Ryan, Mike and Peppermint, Kevin Aviance