Saturday, January 29, 2011

Invoking Our Inner DIVA!

On January 29th, it was time to make a special and fabulous appearance at the annual Diva-thon, at Dance 208, the longest running Gay Dance Party in New York City. DJ Vito Fun played dance classics by our favorite Disco Dance Divas including Gaga, Cher, Britney, Donna, Diana, and many others. The last hour of the dance included a Madonna-thon with all hits by the Material Girl. I had on my blue wig a la Katie Perry. We all has a blast as we invoked the inner Diva in us all as we let loose!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Penthouse Fashion and Men's Underwear

I so much enjoyed the beautiful sights that New York City has to offer at a VIP Fashion Party called Image at the Penthouse at the Fashion 26 Hotel in Chelsea, NYC. Those sights, in particular, are breath-taking panoramic Manhattan Skyline views - and - handsome male models wearing only underwear briefs. That and more is what I enjoyed at fabulous soiree I attended with Lovari, Chris Ryan, LaNair Xavier, Selim Celik and others. There was a fierce fashion show of the sexy and bulging new line of men's underwear by world-class fashion designer Andrew Christian, hosted by the designer himself. Needless to say we all had a wonderful time!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Out in the Media - NBC Universal

I had the pleasure of attending the Out In The Media, LGBT Media and Marketing, Past, Present and Future event sponsored by NBC Universal and held in The LGBT Community Center of NYC. It was an event for openly LGBT and supportive professionals who work in the media, television, radio, print, and recording arts. I loved meeting the handsome and intelligent NBC Meteorologist Raphael Miranda, who hosted the panel. The panel included David Bloch of Focus Features, (producers of Brokeback Mountain, Milk and The Kids are All Right), Josh Rosenzweig of Here! and Advocate, Michelle Kristel of In The Life Media and Amy Lesser, editor of Go! Magazine and Quincy Morris creator and producer of the web series In Between Men. They provided some interesting viewpoints and some very useful and insightful information. It was also fun to meet the actors from In Between Men and others who work at NBC, Logo and the industry. It's always a pleasure to see the lovely Sekiyah Dorsett of NBC Universal. Recording artist Lovari (Take My Pain Away, Work It Out) LeNair Xavier, Mark Schulte and so many other friends and colleagues were also there.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Ultimate Drag Off - Ultimate Fun!

I had a blast covering the Ultimate Drag Off for my televisions series Under the Pink Carpet on NYC Life Television on January 15th. Ultimate Drag Off is a weekly Drag Queen performance competition that is a hilarious and lively parody combination which is part Beauty Pageant and part mod 70s TV game show! It takes place at Comix Comedy Club in Manhattan's West Village. The hostess for the show was Drag diva Sweetie and the special co-host for the night being Michael Musto of The Village Voice. Competitors were Logan Hardcore, Honey Davenport, Jiggly Calente and Margaux Powell, who won the coveted (although plastic) tiara and sash for this evenings fierce competition!

City to State Appointment Celebration

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is naming Erik Bottcher, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn's liaison to the Gay community, to the newly created cabinet post of special assistant for community affairs. I had a wonderful time at the reception to celebrate this momentous occasion. The event took place at the glamorous Woolworth Tower Kitchen in the downtown landmark skyscraper. Politicos are asking if this move shows how serious Cuomo is on his commitment to having legal Gay and Lesbian weddings in the Empire State. "Erik's intellect and experience will be an invaluable asset in the fight to restore New York as the progressive capital of the nation," Cuomo said of Bottcher, who served as his liaison to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community in the 2010 race. Celebrating the new position with Erik was NY State Assembly Member Daniel O'Donnell, NYC Council Speaker Christine Quinn, NY City Council Member Rosie Mendez, Andy Humm and Ann Northrup of Gay USA News, Bravo's Supermodel Ronnie Kroell, recording artist Lovari, activist Brendon Fey, Michael Mallon, Tom Smith, myself and many others.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Skating Champion Johnny Weir Penthouse Book Release Gala

I was thrilled to be invited to attend star-studded gala to celebrate the release of “Welcome To My World” a new book authored by Figure Skating Champion Johnny Weir this week. The soiree, held at the tre' chic and glamorous 230 Fifth Avenue Penthouse event space in New York City, applauded the highly-anticipated publication where the Olympic Medal-winning Celebrity finally comes Out of the Closet.

"With people killing themselves and being scared into the closet, I hope that even just one person can gain strength from my story." says Weir in the book. "I'm not ashamed to be me, more than anyone else I know, I love my life and accept myself. What's wrong with being unique? I am proud of everything that I am and will become."

A major snow-storm didn’t hinder any of the excitement from the book release celebration with champagne from Barefoot Bubbly. Party-goers included: Matthew Modine, Desinger Izaac Mizrahi, Tony Sawicki and Stephanie Butler of Under the Pink Carpet, Jed Ryan of DishMiss, figure skaters Oksana Baiul and Sarah Hughes, Li Jing, Ryan Nickulas, TJ Kelly and Derek Saathoff of The A-List, B D Wong, Adrienne Laundau, Jeff Coulin, original Village People Cowboy Randy Jones, Adult Entertainment Czar Michael Lucas, Daniel Nardiccio, Robin Byrd, Drag Divas from RuPaul’s Drag Race, Chip Ducket and Ron Lasko from Spin Cycle and many others

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Hot Talk on The Radio - Out-FM

It was a thrill to be interviewed again by Radio Talk Show Host Pedro Angle Serrano on Out-FM on 99.5 FM on WBAI Radio New York. I chatted with Tony Sawicki and Robin Cloud, fellow cast members from Under the Pink Carpet television on NYC Life WNYE Channel 25-1. The show with our interviews about being openly Gay in television and New York City. Out-FM is broadcast on Mondays from 11 am to Noon and Tuesdays from 7 to 8 PM. Out-FM is a progressive multi-racial Queer public affairs and cultural radio talk show series.