Mona’s, 440 Broadway, 1939 to 1948
Lesbian Pick-up and Male Impersonators. Women dressed like men and entertained customers. Mona Sargent and then husband Jimmie started the biz right after the repeal of Prohibition at 451 Union Street (1933 to 1935), on the corner of Varennes, between Grant and Kearny (now the Diamond Nail Waxing). In 1936 they moved to 140 Columbus (now the Purple Onion). In 1939 they moved to 440 Broadway.
It was actually opened by Charlie Murray as the “440” but he soon brought in Mona as a partner and it became “Mona’s 440.” Often men had to front for lesbians in bars and clubs in order to get the approval of the Board of Equalization for their liquor license. Mona’s flourished during WWII and the Korean War. It was a favorite with lesbians but even with servicemen as it was not “off-limits.” Tourist loved it for its entertainment but also knew they might be able to connect with someone of the same sex which could not happen back home. VIA FOUNDSF
THE VISUALS! THE SONGS! THE WIGS! THE SUPREMES perform ‘The Happening’ & DUSTY performs ‘The Son Of A Preacher Man’ (1968 VOB)
PRETTY STUNNING: “Far, Far From Land”, Kristen McMenamy photographed by Tim Walker for W Magazine December/January 2013-14
“Juul Haalmeyer: THE MOVIE will be a character-driven portrait documentary about Toronto’s Emmy award-winning costume designer, Juul Haalmeyer. Although Juul is known publicly for his minor recurring role on SCTV as the leader of the Juul Haalmeyer Dancers, within the industry he is recognized as a distinctive costume designer who has worked in film and television for over 40 years.”
My friend Erin McMichael is directing a documentary on the SUPER lovely & talented JUUL HAALMEYER. Movies cost a bundle to make and McMichael needs to start this campaign to get this thing made. One of the perks: “receive a custom styled Juul Haalmeyer Dancers outfit, styled by Juul himself! This perk also includes formal induction into the Juul Haalmeyer Dancers (by way of certificate signed by Juul) and a Facebook shout out from Juul himself.” Can you imagine!
PLEASE check out JUUL HAALMEYER: The Movie INDIE GO-GO!
Ummmm… SCTV & Juul are a MAJOR part of my young queer life. I can’t love the man more!
ONE MORE TIME! JUUL HAALMEYER: The Movie INDIE GO-GO! XXXO
For most of the 20th Century, New York’s Fire Island was virtually the only place on Earth where gay men and lesbians felt safe to live and to love. But at the dawn of the 1980′s, an entire culture changed irrevocably, as the populace began falling prey to a mysterious and lethal new illness. What happened over the next decade is a haunting story about emotional and physical transformation in the midst of a plague.
Produced, edited, and mixed by Myke Dodge Weiskopf. Supervising producer for UnFictional was Nick White.
Technical assistance from Lori Ann Brass, Ann Heppermann, Jasmin Lopez, and Dylan Peers McCoy.
Special thanks to Jim Fouratt, Gina Garan, Jon Kinnally, Ann Magnuson, Eric Marcus, Carl Meyer-Curtis, and Chris Young.
Dedicated to the ghosts of Fire Island.
Myke Dodge Weiskopf has a page featuring photos, videos, and more information about Fire Island and this project.
Eight men, smeared in differently flavoured Jelly, test their strength in nude wrestling. What flavour do you prefer? Time to get tested! RFSL Göteborg (The Swedish Federation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Rights, Gothenburg branch) has produced this video to promote HIV testing for men who have sex with men. Read more at testa.wf
HOLLYWOOD REPORTER Roundtable: a great hour with 6 female actors (Amy Adams, Oprah Winfrey, Emma Thompson, Julia Roberts, Octavia Spencer and “12 Years a Slave’s” Lupita Nyong’o) sittin’ around talking (via michael y)
I know everyone is posting the Franco/Rogan parody today… but I really can’t stand it. I know it’s all in fun but I’m kinda sick of easy target/smug/ I’m better than you/ straight white frat boy humour. The parody did make me take a look & listen to Kanye’s “Bound 2″… which I quite love. Yes, the video is ridiculous… but it is totally fun to watch.
It’s like Russ Meyer meets Gone With The Wind via Tarantino with a splash of 90′s GAP ads. LOVE. Great tune/ warped production… and Kanye looks totally hot in his plaid layers. His lyrics are fun too.
“Hey, you remember where we first met?/ Okay, I don’t remember where we first met/ But hey, admitting is the first step”
Kim usually bores me but her “naked” inclusion gives it a good pop culture kick (“everyone could use a tan”). The sample in the song is “Bound” by Ponderosa Twins Plus One. The recording is from 1971. It’s such a lovely tune, never heard it before.
Thanks Kanye for such a wonderful song and introducing me to the Ponderosa Twins Plus One. Thanks James and Seth for making me take a look and listen to Kanye’s awesome “Bound 2″. And yes boys… dudes kiss all the time… and it’s not always a joke.
Check all Phillips’ designs HERE!
A new TV documentary on Britain’s BBC4 has been tickling people’s fancies across the pond and stateside. “Fabulous Fashionistas” features six women of advanced years who share a love for style and a “screw that” attitude to the standard dictates of age.
via SENIOR PLANET