Wednesday, June 23, 2010

NYC Mayor Bloomberg's Pride Event at Gracie Mansion

I was honored to be invited to a special reception of prominent people in New York City's LGBT Community hosted by Mayor Michael Bloomberg at his home, Gracie Manion on June 23, 2010. On a beautiful summer day, the soiree took place in the lavish gardens complete with breathtaking river views! The Mayor mad a shocking announcement that he was "Bi" but the joke was that he was actually "Bi-Partisan" with him being the first Mayor elected (in his new term) without being on the Democratic or Republican ticket.

I work as a correspondent and producer on a television series, Under the Pink Carpet which is broadcast on NYC Life television, part of the Mayor's Office of Film, Theater and Broadcasting.

I had a the great pleasure of meeting Liutenant Dan Choi, who challenged out nation's Ban on openly gay service members in the military. Other guests included City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, Out City Council Members Dan Dromm and Jimmy Van Bramer, Jeff Lettiere of Out magazine, Matt Banks of HX magazine, Lovari, Jed Ryan, Mel Reyes, Dirk McCall and many others.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

New York City Council LGBT Pride

I had a wonderful time at New York City Council's LGBT Pride reception. It took place right in the magnificent Council Chamber in New York City Hall. Out City Council Speaker Christine Quinn was a perfect host at this reception with other Out Council Members Rosie Mendez, Danny Dromm, and Jimmy Van Bramer. Wendy Williams also made an appearance as well as Out country western star Chely Wright, recording artist Lovari and others.

Sunday, June 6, 2010

'Violet Tendencies' Film Premiere

It was time to attend Newfest, the annual LGBT Film Festival of New York City. I was thrilled to attend the Premiere of the new movie Violet Tendencies. I had a part as a Drag Queen party attendee in the film that was written by dear friend, Jesse Archer and directed by another amigo, Casper Andreas. The film starred Mindy Cohen (Natalie fromvthe 80s sitcom Facts of Life) as a Fag Hag who was trying to give up her Gay Male buddies in the hopes of finding a Straight guy for a steady boyfriend or husband. The screening took place at the SVA Cinema and the after-party was held in the beautiful lofty Chelsea Art Museum. I had a wonderful time with others in the film like Margret Echeverria, Sam Whitten, Kim Allen, Armand Anthony, Lovari and others. Also, my friends from Under the Pink Carpet Stephanie Butler and Tony Sawicki were there to produce a entertainment news segment for NYC Life television.


Thursday, June 3, 2010

Boots & Saddle Comedy Night

I love being a Comedian and making people laugh! I had the honor of hosting and producing a night of Comedy at the legendary gay saloon Boots & Saddle on Christopher Street in Greenwich Village, NYC. It's a wonderful cozy place to meet old friends and make new ones. Comics Shawn Hollenbach and Katie East helped me get the crowd cracking up with laughter. The drink specials may have also helped!

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

The Furits of Distinction Awards: "Fruities"

On June 21st I had the honor of being the Hostess of the Fruits of Distinction Awards (aka The Fruities) honoring those who contribute to the Arts and the LGBT Community and to outstanding artists who participated in the Fresh Fruit Festival, an annual celebration of visual, cinematic, comedy, dance and performance art held ever summer in New York City. The awards were presented at a gala ceremony held at the prestigious Jan Hus Playhouse theater on Manhattan ’s Upper East Side. The ceremony was co-hosted by Frank Calo and my sexy dancers and models, Miki Alvarez and Noriel Galianco were on hand as trophy boy models. My dear friend, Appolonia Cruz was also there as a fabulous greeter. Another dear friend, Tony Sawicki, the creator of Dish Miss and the television series Under the Pink Carpet was honored with a Fruit of Distinction - Passion Fruit Award for his outstanding contributions to and support of the LGBT and the Arts Communities.. Other Passion Fruit Award recipients included openly-gay NY State Senator Tom Duane and legendary playwright Doric Wilson. Those presented with Artistic awards included .Nohjj for music, Craig Fox for acting, Judy Guyill for Directing, Marissa Maislen for Choreography and Caren Jo Shapiro for visual art.

Center BINGO with Pride and without Boy's Shirts

We all had a great time a Center BINGO at the LGBT Community Center of NYC! We also had a HOT time since Armando and Miki Alvarez stopped by and ended up stripping their shirts off for our entertainment as they helped me call out numbers for our BINGO games! A great way to start out Pride month!!