Category Archives: Queens


New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and other city officials are urging New Yorkers not to eat at Chick fil-A.

The popular chicken restaurant is planning to open up a new location in Queens, its fourth to open in New York City.

But the liberal mayor argued that the owners of Chick fil-A support groups that promote “hate” against gays.

Mayor Bill de Blasio urges people to stay away from Chick-fil-A as the Georgia-based restaurant chain plans to open a store in Queens Center Mall, the fourth location in the city. How effective de Blasio will be in calling for the boycott is unclear. Patrons lined up around the block when the three-level, 5,000 square-foot Manhattan location (its largest anywhere) opened last year.


Puerto Vallarta Brings Day of the Dead to New York

Puerto Vallarta Celebrates the

Day of the Dead in New York

The Puerto Vallarta Tourism Board will promote its annual Day of the Dead Festival in the city of New York with participation in events across the tristate area of New York.

Puerto Vallarta Day of the Dead celebrations are a five-day cultural festival that includes a series of events and activities intended to make it one of the most colorful of the end of the year and beginning of Puerto Vallarta’s high season.

Held from October 29 to November 2, the Puerto Vallarta Day of the Dead Festival will promote traditional elements of the celebration as well as new artistic angles and interpretations. Traditional installation of altars will be done in hotels, restaurants and public spaces while an interactive altar will be on display at Lazaro Cardenas Park. Organizers will be giving out a passport to the installations for those interested in doing their own tour of the altars.

The festival will also include a film festival, a food tasting and a series of concerts, folkloric ballet and a presentation of a series of photos on the theme of death, as it is viewed by popular Mexican culture. Organizers will also try to break the record for the number of Catrinas in one place.

In the New York tristate area, Puerto Vallarta will be participating in the following event to promote the celebration.

New York Botanical Gardens – Puerto Vallarta continues its celebration of the gardens’ exhibition: FRIDA KAHLO: Art, Garden, Life. Now on its last week, the Day of the Dead weekend is the perfect time to see the show. Patrons were able to win a trip to Puerto Vallarta at the beginning of the exhibition when the Mexico Tourism Board held its private event on the location and visitors will once again be able to win a trip to Puerto Vallarta with stay at Garlands del Rio by registering online at

El Museo del Barrio – Puerto Vallarta will be mounting a 10 feet tall Day of the Dead altar when it joins the Mexico Tourism Board, El Museo del Barrio and the Junior Council for its annual arts education benefit. This year, it is using marriage vows as inspiration to celebrate love – gained and lost. DIA DE LOS MUERTOS: Till Death Do Us Part will take place on Thursday, October 29th from 8PM – 11PM at the Angel Orensanz Foundation. Participants will also be able to participate on a silent auction and bid on trips to Puerto Vallarta with stays at Velas Resorts.

Daniel Valle’s 5th Annual Dia de los Muertos Celebrations- the Family friendly day-long event embraces traditional elements of the Day of the Dead as celebrated in Mexico and offers an educational opportunity to learn its history and reasons behind the holiday. With food vendors and folkloric dancers the event will be fun for all. The celebration will take place at Court Square Studios with doors opening at 10 AM. Participants will be able to sign up for a trip to Puerto Vallarta as well as beach bags full of goodies from the destination.

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TONIGHT! Boycott AMWAY at CITI Field

Citi Field is a stadium located in Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in the New York City borough of Queens.  BOYCOTT  AMWAY

Queen of Queens Comedy with Adam Sank May 12

The Queens of Queens
Sunday, May 12 at 8:00PM
Laughing Devil Comedy Club

queens play a game of “Mother, May I?” at this month’s installment of
the Long Island City LGBT comedy show — and Mom’s not having it. In the
headline spot will be straight-but sassy Michelle Buteau,(pictured)  a 2013
nominee at Logo’s NewNowNext Awards for her hilarious hosting on Vh-1’s
“Best Week Ever.” Ms. B has also appeared on Comedy Central’s “Premium
Blend” and at colleges and comedy clubs all over the U.S. 

Also springing onto the stage will be Chris Doucette (The Advocate’s “Best of LGBT Comedy” and winner of Chicago’s Snubfest Comedy Festival), Sheba Mason, who takes after her famous father, Jackie, Jami Smith (Women in Comedy Festival, Comedy Editor and “Gaysayer” Tweeter for The Advocate Magazine) and Tarik Daniels (Gaylarious in Washington DC). 

As always, host Adam Sank (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,” Sirius-XM OutQ) keeps the show moving gaily forward.

$15 + 2-Item Minimum. For tickets and information, visit

Laughing Devil Comedy Club | 4738 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City (Queens)
Subway: 7 Train to Vernon-Jackson


Gay Pride New York 2013


I think it’s pretty hard to beat Gay Pride in New York! 40+ years since the Stonewall Riots…and LOOK how far we have come!

Two Years Following the Passage of New York’s Marriage Equality Act, NYC Remains Nation’s Most Popular LGBT Travel Destination, Attracting Visitors From Around the Globe.
Nearly 2 Million Expected to Attend Flagship Heritage of Pride Events this June.

NYC & Company,
New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership
organization, is highlighting several annual gay pride events taking
place throughout the City as the summer travel season begins.
Recognized as the number one LGBT travel destination in the United
States, New York City will be brimming with energy, diversity and
excitement. From the flagship Heritage of Pride events in
Manhattan—where nearly 2 million people are expected to attend—to
the diverse pride events and celebrations happening in the boroughs
outside Manhattan, New York City is the ideal destination for visitors
seeking a unique and festive pride experience.

“New York City is an
iconic destination for LGBT travel, particularly during our annual
Pride Week celebrations,” said George Fertitta, CEO of NYC &
Company. “Following the legalization of same-sex marriage
in New York two years ago, the City remains the most popular gay travel
destination in the United States. We encourage visitors from around the
world to book their travel now and experience the many pride
festivities taking place throughout the five boroughs.”

A full listing of NYC 2013 pride activity can be accessed at  Highlights of activity taking place throughout
the City, organized by borough, follows: 




Heritage of Pride,
which organizes the City’s flagship LGBT events and
commemorates the 1969 Stonewall riots that sparked the modern
gay-rights movement, features the theme “Rain to Rainbows” for its
lineup of pride events this year.


years of inequality in this country we are finally turning the course
toward receiving full equality. While this won’t be achieved overnight
are proud of our community’s accomplishments over the last decade and
look to the future with a positive stance on the state of LGBT rights,”
said Chris Frederick, Managing Director of Heritage of Pride. “With the
Supreme Court deciding on same-sex marriage
days prior to NYC Pride’s largest day we are projecting an increase in
attendance to nearly 2 million individuals and are excited to welcome
the world with open arms.”

The PrideFest street fair, now in its 20th year, will take place on
Sunday, June 30, 11am–6pm. Thousands of visitors attend the event at
Hudson Street between Abingdon Square and West 14th Street each
year, joining locals, corporate sponsors, community leaders and business

With Edith Windsor (the central figure
in the case challenging the federal Defense of Marriage Act), Harry
Belafonte (singer, songwriter and longtime social activist) and Earl
Fowlkes (president and CEO of the
Center for Black Equity) as the grand marshals, The March will
take place on Sunday, June 30, at noon. The parade, which has taken
place to celebrate the gay community since 1970, begins at 36th Street
and Fifth Avenue and ends in Greenwich Village.
Free registration is now open online.

Three events will take place at Pier 26 (on the West Side Highway; attendees should cross at Laight Street) this year:


The Rally will take place on Friday, June 28, 7–10pm, showcasing speakers and well-known
performers in honor of the first NYC pride rally that occurred one month after the Stonewall Riots.

Rapture on the River,
one of the nation’s largest ladies-only dance events, will celebrate
its 10-year anniversary on Saturday, June 29, 3–10pm. Tickets
are available online.

On Sunday, June 30,
Dance on the Pier is back for its 27th year with
award-winning DJs and the world’s longest-running LGBT fireworks display
along the Hudson River. The event, 3–10pm, is the official close to NYC
Pride events. Tickets are available

To purchase tickets, register and access a comprehensive list of all events, visit or follow Heritage of Pride on Twitter (
or on Facebook (




Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., in partnership with Boogie Down Pride and Brainpower, will host the third annual
Bronx LGBT Allies Award Ceremony on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 6pm,
at the Rotunda at 851 Grand Concourse. The event will honor individuals
who have made positive contributions to the LGBT community in the
Bronx. For more information, go to




York City’s most populous borough celebrates gay pride with events on
Saturday, June 8. Brooklyn Pride 2013 features the 16th annual
Brooklyn Pride LGBT 5K Run through the historic Prospect Park. Runners must sign up at (limited to 500 participants). Runners can check in at 8am; the
race starts at 10am.


Also on June 8, visitors and locals can attend the
Brooklyn Pride Festival, 11am–5pm at a new location, on
Fifth Avenue, between Third and Ninth Streets. This year’s festival will
feature two stages for local performers and LGBT–friendly sports teams
that will be playing behind the Old Stone House
at J.J. Byrne Park.

At 7:30pm, the Brooklyn Pride Parade will begin at a new location, at Sterling Place, and march down Fifth Avenue, ending at Ninth Street.


For more information, please visit




On Sunday, June 2, Queens Pride, which promotes education and awareness of LGBT issues in the borough, hosts its
Parade and Multicultural Festival, noon–6pm, in Jackson Heights,
with the theme “Equality. Everyday. Everyone.”  The parade starts at
85th Street and 37th Avenue at noon, and will follow 37th Avenue through
75th Street. Also starting at noon, the festival
will take place through 6pm on 37th Road between 74th and 77th Streets.
Parade participants will have the opportunity to win “Queenie Awards,”
ranging from the best use of color to the best drag performance.


For more information and to register for the events, go to


Staten Island


The Staten Island LGBT Community Center hosts the
LGBT Pride Parade & Festival 2013 in the St. George
neighborhood on Saturday, June 1, noon–5pm. The parade kicks off at noon
at on Central Avenue at Slosson Terrace, ending at Tompkinsville Park,
where the festival will feature LGBT–friendly entertainment,
amusements and vendors till 5pm.


For more information and to register for the events, visit or


Sci-Fi to Sondheim, Geeks, Nerds and More at QUEER NOT COOL March 9th

 It’s HERE Again! 

NOT COOL was a #1 Time Out New York “Critic’s Pick” 

Previous performer
credits have included “The Tonight Show”, “Today”, “Late Night with
Jimmy Fallon”, “NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams”, “Comedy Central
Presents”, Logo’s “The Click List” and the critically acclaimed web
shows “The Outs” and “It Gets Betterish”. 

QUEER NOT COOL was recently
featured at 2012’s New York Comic Con.

nerds and their fanboys and girls unite in this monthly late night
series as comedians, musicians, dancers, and performance artists
exploring all things geeky, nerdy, and obsessive, from sci-fi to
Sondheim. Forget the closet, get out of your mother’s basement! 

Hosted by ROB RIBAR, this show features couples who excel in their own creative fields, separately or together including acclaimed playwright CRYSTAL SKILLMAN, who’s latest play “Geek” will be presented by the renowned theater company VAMPIRE COWBOYS at Incubator Arts Project this March and her husband FRED VAN LENTE,
a comic book scribe who has written for “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The
Hulk” and his own graphic novel “Cowboys & Aliens”. Rob will chat
with Fred about creating a queer comic book, working on treasured brands
and seeing his graphic novel up on the big screen while Vampire Cowboys
will present a sneak preview of “Geek!”. 

Also featuring the hilarious stand-up of MAX BERNSTEIN (Host of “Apocalypse Wow”) and the one, the only rock’n’ roll ventriloquist CARLA RHODES featuring her not-so-better half CECIL SINCLAIRE

Plus “Dynamic Duo Trivia” and much, much more!

QUEER NOT COOL will take place SATURDAY MARCH 9th at 10:30pm at THE SECRET THEATRE (44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City, Queens). For transportation, take the G, 7, E, or M trains to Court Square or the NR trains to Queensboro Plaza. 

Tickets are $10 and will be available at the door. 

Cheap drinks and snacks will also be available for purchase. 

Queen of Queens Gay Comedy March 14

The Queens of Queens
Thursday, March 14 at 8:00PM
Laughing Devil Comedy Club

the snides (and bitchy asides) of March! This month, the queens come in
like lions at this acclaimed monthly LGBT comedy show, starring
headliner Veronica Mosey from “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and
Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham.”

Also throwing shade will be
Chris Doucette (listed among the Advocate’s “Best of LGBT Comedy”),
Joanne Filan (Here-TV’s “Hot Gay Comics”) and special guest Eddie
Sarfaty (Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend,” Logo’s “Wisecrack”).

entire evening will be hosted by Adam Sank — from NBC’s “Last Comic
Standing” and Sirius-XM OutQ — whom Edge New York calls “one of the
city’s most celebrated gay comedy kings.”

$15 + 2-Item Minimum. For tickets and information, visit

Laughing Devil Comedy Club 4738 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City (Queens)

Subway: 7 Train to Vernon-Jackson


Comedy Event: Queens of Queens, Jan. 10

The Queens of Queens
Thursday, Jan. 10 at 8:00PM
Laughing Devil Comedy Club
of 2013 Edition! 
Ophira Eisenberg from Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend”
and Vh-1’s “Best Week Ever” headlines this LGBT laugh-fest. (She’s
straight, but Canadian — which is almost the same as being gay). 
making the new year queer will be Adam Sank (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing,
Sirius-XM OutQ), MAC Award-winner Danny Cohen (Comedy Central’s
“Premium Blend”), Cara Kilduff (Here-TV’s “Hot Gay Comics” and co-host
of Queens Public Television’s “Talking About) and your mistress of
ceremonies, “Biggest Loser” champ Poppi Kramer (warm-up comic for the
syndicated “Bill Cunningham Show”).

$15 + 2-Item Minimum.

 For tickets and information, visit

Laughing Devil Comedy Club

4738 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City (Queens)

Subway: 7 Train to Vernon-Jackson

Gay Holiday Comedy with Adam Sank at New Yorks Laughing Devil

The queens get their Christmukkah on at this month’s installment of the LGBT Long Island City laugh-fast.
Thursday, Dec. 13 at 8PM

Making the yuletide exceptionally gay will be headliner Exiene Lofgren (“Ricki Lake Show,” Vh’1’s “Where Are They Now?,” History Channel’s “Pawn Stars,” headliner for Starwood Resorts). 
Also making the menorah candles twinkle will be Adam Sank (NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”), Leah Bonnema (recently listed among the Huffington Post’s 50 Funniest Females), Edison Apple (Logo’s “Laughing Matters) and mistress of ceremonies Joanne Filan (Here-TV’s “Hot Gay Comics).

$15 + 2-Item Minimum. For tickets and information, visit

 Laughing Devil Comedy Club 
4738 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City (Queens)

Subway: 7 Train to Vernon-Jackson

Thursday, Dec. 13 at 8PM, 2012!


Queens and Gays in Queens for St. Patricks Celebration

When Sunnyside and Woodside’s annual St. Patrick’s Day parade steps off Sunday, the 2,000 spectators expected at the event will see not only bagpipers and Irish dancers, but Chinese kite-flyers, Mexican dancers and a plethora of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender groups.

About 80 groups, some with 100 members, will march down Skillman and Woodside avenues for the St. Pat’s for All Parade, an all-inclusive parade that Co-Chairman Brendan Fay began after gay and lesbian Irish groups were banned from marching in Manhattan’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade in 1999. This will be the parade’s 12th year.

“What’s very moving is the community activism and hope and commitment that made this inclusive parade possible… and now it’s another traditional parade in this city,” said parade co-chair Brendan Fay. – “It’s the most progressive parade in New York; we welcome everybody,” added parade co-chair Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy.

“I’m very proud that in Queens, in Sunnyside, this Sunday a most unique parade will take place,” Fay said.

The parade assembles at 1 p.m. and kicks off at 2 p.m. Beginning at 47th Street and Skillman Avenue, the parade will travel east until 56th Street. From there, the parade will move north on 56th Street one block before turning east on Woodside Avenue and ending at 58th Street.

This year’s grand marshals include Patricia Lewsley, the Northern Ireland commissioner for children and young people, and Brig. Gen. Jim Cullen, who acted as an adviser to President Barack Obama on matters of human rights.

“This is a coming home for Jim,” Fay said. “Jim grew up in Sunnyside.”

more info at  YOUR NABE


Lady Bunny and Friends do Burlesque Tribute

Lady Bunny and friends
are  back this with week 
with a parody of
Cher in Burlesque!

Written by and directed by Lady Bunny, and she also stars as “Scare”.

Bunny Says, “Before you rabid fans attack, just wanted to let you know that I am aware that my Cher voice sounds more like Elvis and that unlike me, Cher was never fat.

I love Cher. She’s been putting out quality material for most of my life. Of course, she’s older now and has gone overboard on the surgery so I don’t mind making fun of a genuinely talented performer who has a few quirks. With older glamorpussses like Cher and Dolly Parton, it’s hard to tell whether constant surgeries are their own personal obsession or whether they simply know that their looks are a big part of their appeal and so they MUST correct any signs of aging. As much as we criticize their transformations, we’d be the first to mock them if they developed a turkey neck , jowl or bag which wasn’t instantly sucked out, yanked up or smoothed. It’s a Catch-22 situation.

I’m also a fan of Xtina’s phenomenal voice–when someone can get it through her head that you don’t need to show off and riff on every single note as the producers of her hit Beautiful did. Xtina sings a hauntingly beautiful power ballad in Burlesque which is quite similar to Beautiful with some gorgeous chords. And Christina gives a compelling performance while singing it, I think her “acting” is best suited to selling a song in music videos, which Burlesque is really a string of with a tired storyline binding the whole thing together.”

Beloved downtown NYC clown David Ilku appears in the Stanley Tucci role. In addition to being 1/2 of the ridiculously funny Duelling Bankheads, David is 1/3 of the demented comedy troupe Unitard .
(Unitard on Facebook .)

Versatile Greg Scarnici  plays Christina Hag-uilera to the hilt as well as many other kooky characters.   He’s published an outrageous parody of Madonna’s Sex book called Sex In Drag as well as starred in dozens of youtube videos. His youtube channel is a must see !

A very special thanks to Louie Garay, Kriss and Big Ben from La Escuelita, NYC’s premiere latin dance club which has the best drag stage in town. It was the perfect setting for this madness.

Watch Lady Bunny on YouTube Now in her salute (?) to Cher !

Bunny  wrote a full review (yes! she can write!)  of Burlesque  for 

Check out all her  other crazy videos on youtube  and be sure to visit Lady Bunny on her site . 
Facebook page Lady Bunny Forever .

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