I said I’d never do one of those copy/paste FB status shares, but this one got me!

I don’t usually do the copy/paste thing, but this post makes many valid points and politely asks Trump voters to hold him accountable for his own promises. I am not one of those people who deleted my friends who voted for Trump. I may not understand their vote, as most of my friends did not understand my need to turn away from the Democrats and vote for Jill Stein after Hillary became their nominee. But if this election taught us anything, it’s that people have very different points of view. I can’t say that yours is invalid any more than I would listen to you telling me that what matters to me shouldn’t matter.

At the end of the day, most of us want to see our country get back on the right track, even if we disagree on how to get there. I would hope that “the right track” for most of us would mean prosperity, including affordable health care and the continuation of Social Security–since members of both parties overwhelmingly value those. The post below would indicate that Trump has already misled his supporters on several big ticket items with which he gained their trust during the election. We can delete friends on FB who voted for Trump. We cannot, however, delete the large percentage of voters who voted for him. We need to have more discussions, not less. What I like about this post is that it asks Trump supporters to ask the man you elected to do what he said he would.

Reposted from Bryan Rabin and written by Pancho Mabante.

Remember when the President said he wasn’t going to take a salary? He just accepted his second paycheck.

Remember when he said Mexico was going to pay for the wall? He has asked Congress to appropriate the $25 billion of taxpayer money to cover costs.

Remember when he said he wasn’t going to go on vacation or play golf? 5 of the last 7 weekends he went on vacation and played golf, costing taxpayers $11.1 million.

Remember when he said he was going to use American steel to build these dangerous pipelines? Russian steel arrived last week for the Keystone Pipeline XL.

Remember when he said he wasn’t going to cut social security and Medicare? The Republican bill does just this.

Remember when he said that nobody on his campaign had any communications with the Russian government? 7 of his people have now admitted they spoke and/or met with Russian officials, after they lied and got caught.

Remember when he said he was going to divest from his businesses? Changed his mind.

Remember when he said he was going to release his tax returns? Changed his mind.

Remember when he said he was going to drain the swamp of Washington insiders? His cabinet is filled with lobbyists, oil and Wall Street executives.

Remember when he said would defeat ISIS in 30 days? He doesn’t have a plan.

Remember when he said that the Obamacare replacement would cover more people at lower cost? The AHCA that the GOP and Trump are now pushing; they now admit will cover fewer people at a higher cost.

If you voted for him, please hold him accountable to what he promised you – for all of our sakes.

Drag yoyalty Dina Jacobs’ 70th birthday!

A few years ago, my friend Jimmy Paul caught a drag show in Provincetown and came back raving over one diva in particular. I knew that this performer had been doing a guest spot in Tisch DeWiliams’ and Billie Jean Beetem’s show at the Crown & Anchor so I began to describe her. Sure enough, it was Dina Jacobs. My friend just couldn’t get enough of her radiance and star quality. He said she had performed a dynamite version of Natalie Cole’s Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds. I told him to say no more–Dina Jacobs had blown me away with the same number at Illusions in Atlanta with rhinestones glued to the inside of her hands! RuPaul and I used to marvel from our hovel on 10th and Juniper when we saw The Hawaiian Goddess strutting around the neighborhood in her day look–a white wife-beater complete with large jugs. We were in complete awe of Atlanta’s royalty. I still am!

I’ve gotten to know Dina over the years and have learned that she’s just as funny, charming and outrageous offstage as on. Once we happened to be in Hawaii at the same time, and Dina took me on a tour of some off the beaten path attractions for locals only. Like those fruit and coconut filled fried doughnuts she’s been posting pics of lately. I also teased her about something to get a rise out of a few of her “kids” and her response tickles me to this day. Dina said something like “Watch out, Miss Thing. I look like an old woman. We’ll take you to the ghetto and I’ll loudly claim that you called me the hawaiian version of the n word. Then we’ll see how funny you are.” We were hysterics. Nothing like a sight-seeing tour with an option of getting beaten up! Always a smart-ass, I included Dina as one of my fave performers in that drag quiz status that was going around recently and instead of thanking me, she read me for not including two other entertainers who she liked! Dina’s NEVER been boring!

A bunch of brilliant performers from all over are convening in Dina’s current home of Houston Texas to celebrate her 70th birthday tomorrow. Like Hot Chocolate, Carmella Marcella Garcia, Bubbalicious and Kara Dion. I couldn’t get off work to surprise her, but Dina, lots of love to you on your big day. Legend, like diva, are overused words nowadays. But you’re both! Happy happy!

PS: I did include a link to a chapter in a book about influential gay entertainers. Dina has been performing since the 70s and is still going strong and packing ‘em in, But even I didn’t know all of her history of performing, touring internationally, singing with live bands, etc. Well worth a read. Just scroll down to Dina;s chapter. https://books.google.com/books?id=NbqiQHtoxGYC&pg=PA7&source=gbs_toc_r&cad=4#v=onepage&q&f=false

A little O’Patti Labelle for St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t something I personally celebrate, but for those of you who do here’s a fun video. It O’Patti Labelle singing “Look To The Rainbow” from Finian’s Rainbow. Patti was probably at her height of her career chart-wise in the 80s, and her wigs were at their most outrageous. She may have chosen this rainbow-themed song to remind of us her incredible covered “Over The Rainbow” released a few years earlier. The arrangement here seems to take a few cues from that earlier hit.

I prefer the less bombastic album version, but seeing one of the greatest performers ever live is a thrilling–if you enjoy vocal the vocal acrobatics Pattis’ known for. And the blend of irish show tune and Patti’s soulful take on a story song in a waltz tempo is something else! For me, It does work better on the album version where she sticks to the melody more and they don’t edit the story. But how much do I worship it that in the first chorus she changes the lyrics to “Look, girl, look”? Only Patti. Her voice is an instrument which has brought me so much joy for so long. If you’re a fan, this is treat.

Brand new podcast about crying! (Yes, I’m a crybaby when I’m not a bitch.) Listen to Crybabies on @earwig

Gat out your handkerchief!

Lady Bunny CRYBABIES #64 MARCH 16, 2017

The one and only Lady Bunny, drag queen, DJ, and founder of the annual Wigstock event joins Sarah and Susan to talk about clowns, wedding crying, To Kill A Mockingbird, Precious, and Horace Faith’s “Black Pearl.”

 

Lady Bunny

 

Giggle!

Chatting with @AlecMapa & @JackieBeat at noon PST today on UNBRadio.com

Tune in for some lunacy! I’m plugging my short tun of Trans-Jester! at LA’s Cavern Club This-Sunday of this week!

MORE INFO:   http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2884560

 

Obama campaigned on greater transparency than George W. Bush and failed.

Obama also built up the power of the executive branch, setting dangerous precedents for Trump and future presidents.

PBS:   WASHINGTON — The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.

MORE: http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/obamas-final-year-u-s-spent-36-million-foia-lawsuits/

Performing Trans-Jester! this Thurs-Sun at LA’s Cavern Club underneath Casita Del Campo

Thursday and Saturday sold out so we’ve added a show on Sunday at 7PM.

For more info/tix, please visit:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2884560

 

 

 

 

Happy birthday to Charo!

After ignoring @SenSanders throughout the primary, @MSNBC now gives him a 1 hour special–way too little, way too late.

Tonight, MSNBC held a town hall meeting with Bernie Sanders in a severely economically depressed area of West Virginia. It’s coal country and also a region with the nation’s highest percentage of opioid addictions. In one particularly sad moment, it was revealed that a jail was built there to provide local jobs, but so few in the area could pass drug tests that the jail was forced to bus in “clean” workers from out of town. Others spoke of how most young West Virginians wanted to their leave their small towns because there are so few opportunities there. Even though most of these folks desperately need Obamacare, many voted for Trump because they literally needed some kind of change, and Hillary was only promising more of Obama’s America. Clearly, that America wasn’t working for far too many residents in the coal and manufacturing states which elected Trump. A vote for Bernie was a vote for change. Remove him from the race as the cheating DNC did, and Trump was the only candidate offering change. Hillary wasn’t even promising change–that might indicate that Obama’s policies had failed.

It was remarkable to see these Trump voters cheer Sanders when he said he thought healthcare was a universal right. West Virginians actually warming up to socialism? And they cheered when Bernie explained how the money the country will lose as a result of Trump’s (and all Republican pols’) tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans could be spent on ensuring healthcare for all, shoring up Social Security and Medicaid, free higher education, drug treatment centers and creating new jobs rebuilding the infrastructure as coal jobs wane. One life-long coal miner stood up and said that it was remarkable that Sanders, a senator from the Northeast, was pinpointing what West Virginia needs more accurately than their own GOP senators are able to.

There’s a reason that Sanders, from the progressive, granola-ish, “yankee” state of Vermont would have solutions for the problems of coal miners in West VA. Or for the manufacturing states like Wisconsin and Michigan which actually flipped from voting blue for Obama to red for Trump. 98% of Americans are workers, or they’d like to be. This whopping majority cuts across lines of color, age, race, gender and sexual orientation. When we put the wedge issues and email scandals and the p#ssy-grabbing on the sidelines where they should be, the policies which improve conditions for working Americans bind us together.

What a pity that MSNBC is only using Sanders and his beneficial ideas to slam Trump. When Bernie was running against Clinton, MSNBC gave him only a fraction of any other candidates’ coverage–even cutting one of his speeches along with CNN and Fox to broadcast footage of Trump’s podium BEFORE TRUMP EVEN ARRIVED TO SPEAK AT IT. They even did the same to Hillary. But now the “left-leaning” MSNBC will curiously broadcast an entire hour of Sanders. After these networks created Trump out of their greed for ratings which had them exhausting every sensational bit of nonsense which flew out of Trump’s mouth, NOW they give Sanders a full hour to demonstrate his winning positions? Perhaps if Sanders’ “radical” positions were heard prior to the election of Trump, he wouldn’t be our embarrassing, dangerous president right now. So you can call it fake news, slanted news or greedy, sensationalist, ratings-driven news, but Sanders makes sense now even to West Virginians who voted for Trump. If only Sanders had been able to get the airtime to make his case…

http://reverbpress.com/features/bernie-sanders-was-right-media-blackout-badly-hurt-campaign-harvard-study-confirms/

Wait–Lady Bunny is now giving computer tips?

I must have hit the right note of pitiful, outraged, senile and polite because I’ve had nothing but trouble with my laptop since I bought it 3 years ago. I have Applecare and live 2 blocks from the store. But after many issues, I told the genius at the Genius Bar that it is wonderful that I could come there for free–and wait on a backless stool–and have them resolve issues. But that the idea when purchasing an expensive computer was that I wouldn’t need to be there every week. Then the clincher: “I know you technical folks don’t like these terms, but I’ve been here every other week. At what point do we decide that this machine is a “lemon” or “jinxed”?They checked my record and saw how many issues I’d had and asked if I’d like a new computer. Score one for seniors and technology! Sadly, the new one will not have a CD burner on it, but it’s free and I can get 3 more years of Applecare on it.

One tip for Apple users. I guess they hired some psychiatrist to come up with this language, but whenever you phone Applecare with an issue–yes, seniors still place calls–they all use the same phrase: “I can certainly hear the frustration in your voice.” This is to defuse the situation because these words makes them seem sympathetic, even though they are prepared to do little. So you need to catch what they’re doing and say “If you can hear the frustration in my voice, then you need to do something about it. If you can’t, then please put on a manager or someone who can”. At that point, they become far more reasonable. It doesn’t hurt to throw in the fact that you are a long-term Apple customer who has become so frustrated with their increasingly strong-arm tactics that you are considering another brand of computer or phone. I hate the way all these constant “updates” aren’t exactly upgrades. They’re just a way to force their newest Apple music down your throat. I also didn’t like that they pulled out of the GOP convention because Trump was the nominee. I’d rather have them not sponsor it in the first place!

Another tip–back up your data with Time machine AND manually. If they are wiping your computer for repairs and then you reinstall from a Time Machine back-up, you reimport the software bugs that you were trying to fix.

MITCHELL GOLD & BOB WILLIAMS FAITH IN AMERICA BENEFIT W/ BUN-BUN!

For around 15 years, I’ve worked closely with a gay-owned furniture magnates Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams. Throughout the recession, they continued opinions stores nationwide and always used me as the DJ. My first gig with them was in North Carolina, which is a furniture designs and manufacturing hub.

Bob’s a New Yorker, and when he moved to NC, he was shocked by level of homophobia–so deeply ingrained in their society that Bob pinpointed that much of the virulently anti-gay sentiment was coming from churcesh. I know that some churches are accepting of gays–and this event does not target them.) What the benefit for Faith In America seeks to do is in Bob’s bio. I find that it’s rare that extremely successful businessmen like Bob would risk alienating potential customers to tell the truth: that without the bible, anti-gay religious zealots would simply be bigots. He’s tired of the Bible being used to bash gay people. I am too, so I gladly jumped to donate my services to this event. If you think along these same lines, perhaps you can attend the benefit.

Please join co-founders Mitchell Gold and Bob Williams as we celebrate Mitchell’s milestone birthday and the launch of our 2017 Spring Collection. Event to benefit Faith In America, combatting religious based harm to support LGBTQ people. Learn more at faithinamerica.org

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2017
6PM – 9PM
MITCHELL GOLD + BOB WILLIAMS
210 LAFAYETTE | NEW YORK, NY 10012

Enjoy a fabulous cocktail and dinner party with
Thomas Roberts serving as emcee,
Special performance by Chely Wright
Vibes by DJ Lady Bunny

Presenting Sponsor:
B. W. Bastian Foundation

MORE INFO/TIX: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/mitchell-gold-birthday-celebration-a-benefit-for-faith-in-america-tickets-30525450444

Excellent Bill Maher segment on how PC Dems keep losing elections

As Bill Maher explains, the twitterverse busted some guy for saying Carrie Fischer was beautiful before he went on to say she was witty and brilliant. Sexist! You can’t compliment anyone unless you do use the compliments in the right order as dictated by the politically correct word police. Liberals have been prattling on about stuff like this while folks outside big cities and lefty states are experiencing shorter life expectancies than the generation before them (for the 1st time in American history), committing suicide and hooked on opiates. When you have life threatening issues like that, the order of words in a compliment mean nothing. They deserve to be mocked, and Bill does a good job of it here.

 

 

 

 

Catch Nora Burns in David’s Friend opens Friday at La Mama

Flashback to the late 80s. Wigstock had been going for 4-5 years and it had grown to be unmanageable for a drag queen in her 20s. (Yes, I was once a twink. Now I've done twink, thank and twunk.) Along came a benevolent hunk named David Burns, a benevolent god in leather who smiled upon me, and offered is Union Square fancy digs as a Wigstock headquarters of sorts. The festival wouldn't have continued without his help and for that I'm eternally grateful. David did not survive the AIDS crisis, though he touched many with his winning personality and stunning looks before he passed. He even took the last name of his steadfast gal pal Nora Burns. This new show is an ode to their friendship. Now Nora has interviewed friends close to him to remember him in her new solo show David's Friend. It will be interesting to see Nora, best known for comic turns in the comedy troupes Unitard and The Nellie Olesons, take on the more serious side of a buddy who has passed. I know that I cried during my interview with her! However, Nora will paint not just a picture of David and their friendship, but of NYC at one of it's peak time, when clubbing was a lifestyle and all the drugs, sex, music and AIDS which went with it. "DAVID'S FRIEND is an achingly funny coming-of-age story about love and loss at the center of the universe: New York City. It's a true-life epic about Nora and David, best friends who met as teenagers and moved to Manhattan, where they immersed themselves in the zeitgeist: a speed-of-light journey through sex, drugs, disco, love and heartbreak. DAVID'S FRIEND is the outrageous and riotous saga of an era when rents were cheap, sex was waiting around every corner, and friendship was the most important thing of all." Costumes by Connie Fleming, videos by Len Whitney and dramaturgy of Lucy Sexton of Dance Noise fame. Opens this Friday through 1/5 at La Mama. http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Comic-Memoir-DAVIDS-FRIEND-to-Travel-Back-to-80s-NYC-at-La-MaMa-20170105

Flashback to the late 80s. Wigstock had been going for 4-5 years and it had grown to be unmanageable for a drag queen in her 20s. (Yes, I was once a twink. Now I’ve done twink, thank and twunk.) Along came a benevolent hunk named David Burns, a benevolent god in leather who smiled upon me, and offered is Union Square fancy digs as a Wigstock headquarters of sorts. The festival wouldn’t have continued without his help and for that I’m eternally grateful. David did not survive the AIDS crisis, though he touched many with his winning personality and stunning looks before he passed. He even took the last name of his steadfast gal pal Nora Burns. This new show is an ode to their friendship.

Now Nora has interviewed friends close to him to remember him in her new solo show David’s Friend. It will be interesting to see Nora, best known for comic turns in the comedy troupes Unitard and The Nellie Olesons, take on the more serious side of a buddy who has passed. I know that I cried during my interview with her! However, Nora will paint not just a picture of David and their friendship, but of NYC at one of it’s peak time, when clubbing was a lifestyle and all the drugs, sex, music and AIDS which went with it.

“DAVID’S FRIEND is an achingly funny coming-of-age story about love and loss at the center of the universe: New York City. It’s a true-life epic about Nora and David, best friends who met as teenagers and moved to Manhattan, where they immersed themselves in the zeitgeist: a speed-of-light journey through sex, drugs, disco, love and heartbreak. DAVID’S FRIEND is the outrageous and riotous saga of an era when rents were cheap, sex was waiting around every corner, and friendship was the most important thing of all.”

Costumes by Connie Fleming, videos by Len Whitney and dramaturgy of Lucy Sexton of Dance Noise fame. Opens this Friday through 1/5 at La Mama.

http://www.broadwayworld.com/off-off-broadway/article/Comic-Memoir-DAVIDS-FRIEND-to-Travel-Back-to-80s-NYC-at-La-MaMa-20170105

This video made me moist!

WARNING: Only click on this if you have a sick sense of humor!

2016–IT’S A WRAP! Here’s to Debbie, Carrie, Zsa Zsa, Prince, Bowie, Maurice White, Sharon Jones, Pete Burns and all who were laid to rest this year.

 

A Thought for NYE and 2017

I’m gonna do what I do every NYE–dance, carry on, meet people, chase pinga and have fun. And I’m gonna do it again tomorrow night at The Monster from 6-10 at my fave weekly party. Oink!

To many of my friends, the world seems like it’s spinning out of control with regards to politics–or even with this years’ rash of celebrity deaths. (Newsflash: As you get older, the stars who you grew up watching all die.) You can’t control the world at large. But we can control our own worlds, and make a conscious effort to reconnect with anything which brings us joy. If you’re alive, then you’ve got something to celebrate right there. Enjoy it, and Happy NYEEEEEEE!

A song for 2016

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iGJgyuAu6eo&feature=youtu.be

When both parties represent war, it’s time for a new party.

After the Pulse shooting, gay groups aligned with advocates who wanted to curb access to guns. Why aren’t these same groups concerned when the US sells weapons of destruction all over the globe? Is it because democrats are the ones currently selling them? Imagine how much deadlier than assault weapons these weapons we sell are–and we often sell them to shifty countries. We’re seeking to to ban assault rifles at home because they aren’t used to hunt or protect oneself–only to massacre. Well, what the hell do you think the weapons we sell overseas are used for? Mass destruction. When both parties represent destruction and war, it’s time to forge a new party which values peace and harmony over the profits of doom

NY TIMES: U.S. Sold $40 Billion in Weapons in 2015, Topping Global Market.

Shirley Bassey: What a dame!

She turned 80 on Christmas Eve and delivered. They don’t make them like Shirl any more. In fact, I don’t think they ever made one quite like Shirley. I Am What I Am is not my fave of her hits–but she hits every mark and I love the new (?) growl which accompanies a few of the climaxes. I don’t enjoy the lukewarm host here , who excels in fantastic drag comedy, but we dumb everything down and put him in a suit.

Trans-Jester! Last show this Wed. at 7PM, Stonewall Inn

My last performance of Trans-Jester! at Stonewall Inn is this Wednesday at 7PM. Much to my delight, the show struck a nerve (and a funny bone) with audiences since April. I gagged! Stonewall’s upstairs cabaret room isn’t large, so the final week probably sell out. Trans-Jester! is widely considered the most entertaining show I’ve ever done, so I hope you’ll check it out before it heads to London’s Soho Theatre Feb 14-25 and LA’s Casita Del Campo’s Cavern Club March 16-18. Also, the Razz Room in New Hope, PA on 1/28 for one night only. Bunny’s always hopping’ so catch me while ya can.
Michael Musto called it “the most screamingly funny, gratifyingly, crap-your-pants-funny shows in town. And Michael knows a thing or two about crapping his pants. Hope to see ya! And if you’ve seen it, enjoyed it and have a friend who likes rotgut humor with a side of social commentary–please let them know so we can go out with a bang this Wednesday. If ma girdle still fits after Christmas pigging.

TIX:   http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2594512