When I lived in Vancouver (from 1978-1982) The Aristocratic always fascinated me… especially at night when the neon lights would magically light up the dark wet streets. I went there maybe only a dozen times or so… but god I loved it with all the Daniel Clowes-like characters that would sit there for hours smoking, drinking coffee & eating pie. It was replaced in the late 90s by a Chapters bookstore. For some reason I thought about it today and obsessively looked for pics… and here’s what I found. For some reason I always thought “Risty”, the monocled dapper gent was also neon… with a movable tipping top hat. But I was dead wrong… apparently he was only a simple still image. Sometimes the mind remembers things in an extremely vivid fantastical way. The past seems all an illusion now.
Pay It No Mind – The Life and Times of Marsha P. Johnson -
Thanks to the wisdom and support of Richard Morrison, Larry Mitchell, and Jimmy Camicia who made this documentary possible.
Special thanks to Antony and the Johnsons. Your music and generosity shine, levitate, and transcend. Buy their music; it will love you. Love all the contributors in this film.
– Marsha, what a trip. She was something else. I vividly remember seeing her back in the 70′s & 80′s on Christopher Street. Kids would point at her in awe with bulging bug-eyes saying, “See that crazy drag queen over there?” I would respond, “Well honey, she started the Stonewall riots.” The listener’s mouth without fail would drop agape, because she was truly a sight to see. Then, after that, all the up and coming queens whenever we saw her would pause & genuflect as she made her way along the cobblestone streets of Greenwich Village. She is an undisputed icon. She’s the Statue of Liberty, the Eiffel Tower, and the Sphinx all rolled up into one divine ball.
This feature-length documentary focuses on revolutionary trans-activist, Marsha “Pay it No Mind” Johnson, a Stonewall instigator, Andy Warhol model, drag queen, sex worker, starving actress, and Saint. “Pay It” captures the legendary gay/human rights activist as she recounts her life at the forefront of The Stonewall Riots in the 1960s, the creation of S.T.A.R. (Street Transvestite Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the ’70s, and a New York City activist throughout the ’80s and early ’90s. Through her own words, as well as in-depth interviews with gay activist Randy Wicker, former Cockettes performer Agosto Machado, Author Michael Musto, Hot Peaches founder/performer, Jimmy Camicia, and Stonewall Activists Bob Kohler, Danny Garvin, Tommy Lanigan-Schmidt, and Martin Boyce, Marsha’s story lives on.
This documentary screened in 2012 at the IFC theater in New York; the British Film Institute in London, England; Roxie Theater in San Fran; Clinton St. Theater in Portland, Ore.; and La Mutinerie Theater in Paris, France. You should see it.
The NYPD cold case department recently reopened Marsha’s case.
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THE TENTH is a publication of art and culture based on the history, culture and research in ideas and aesthetics of the BLACK, GAY community. Loosely inspired by W.E.B. Du Bois’ influential 1903 essay, “The Talented Tenth” and playing off of Alfred Kinsey’s popular, mythical 10% estimate, THE TENTH is a product of the dialogue at the intersection of this “10th” — the vanguard minds of the BLACK, GAY community. Print Issue out this APRIL 2014. FIRST PRINTING SOLD OUT reserve a copy (coming in July) HERE.
GREAT article on the publication HERE @ T MAG (via Thomas D)
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MECCA MEGA- POST featuring CHRIS BROWN, ANDY BUTLER, JOSH MANSOUR, BOYS with BUSH and Ann B. DAVIS as “ALICE”!!!
keeping my eye on this tumblr! SISSYDUDE definitely LOVES the soft & sexy men pics of RENAUD DUC (via CY)
My beloved cat Joe died a few weeks ago. My other beloved cat Kiki died mid-August of last year. They both lived long, happy & healthy lives. Joe was 19 years-old and Kiki was 20 1/2 years-old.
Just a few weeks before Joe died, I discovered a stray in the backyard, just laying on the porch couch chilling with my friend Stephanie’s cat Beans (who would die himself, sadly… a few days later). Well, it was love at first sight, so I took the little guy in. For the first day & night Joe did not like this one bit… a lot of hissing and chasing. But the next day there was calmness in the house. By the third day they were sleeping close to each other and Joe frequently licked the little guy’s head. My friend Lisa (when she heard Joe had died) said , “YOSEPHINI! So sad. Sebastian must live his life in honor of Joe. Joe licked him and blessed him. KIKIS!!!!!”
I like this! So, Sebastian is in my life… a total sweetheart… a total surprise… blessed by Joe.
Joe & Sebastian
If you’re into it… more pics (and a video) of Sebastian after the jump…
carrie fisher, mark hamill & harrison ford talk “star wars” on the mike douglas show (july 20, 1977)
Two months prior to the airing of this episode of “The Mike Douglas Show”, the mega-blockbuster film “Star Wars” debuted in U.S. movie theaters. Host Mike Douglas and co-host Richard Thomas are joined by the three top “Star Wars” cast members — Carrie Fisher, Harrison Ford, and Mark Hamill (Ford and Hamill make their appearances in Part 2 of this YouTube series).
This is a rare chance to see these three “Star Wars” actors in their younger days, prior to the time when “super stardom” enveloped the trio. It’s July of 1977, and it was a different era, and certainly a less frenetic era as far as talk-show atmosphere is concerned. Great, great stuff here.
This show was taped at Mike Douglas’ Philadelphia studios on 7/20/77, and was aired a week later, on 7/27/77.
©1977 Westinghouse Broadcasting Company, Inc.
©2000 Rhino Home Video