Hearsay: January 2009 Archives

Gay Super Bars

Posted by Hearsay
January 30, 2009 3:52 PM |
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Ready for a recount? This Sunday at the Super Bowl, it’s Obama versus McCain all over again. (Technically, it’s more Biden v. McCain – and who knows who would win that match-up?) Go Steelers! Of course, it’s not politics or political at all – silly Hearsay! -- so you can be a Democrat – you can even be gay! – and root for Arizona. Go Cardinals!

And if you’re not doing the straight thing and throwing a chips-and-dip house party to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, then go gay and strip with Chip – if you’re so lucky. Otherwise, watch the game at one of the many gay watering holes that will be showing the game. Where else can you fully appreciate Jennifer “Acting's Not Really My Thing” Hudson singing the National Anthem? Nellie’s is living up to the sports bar in its name this weekend, screening the game throughout the venue, and offering cheap grub – $5 cheese quesadillas! – in the pub. Don’t forget to the $20 bucket of beer with chicken wings. If you want a darker, burlier experience, try the D.C. Eagle, offering happy hour prices and buffet food from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. The crowds at JR.’s, Green Lantern and the Duplex Diner will likely tune in to the game at least during the ads (Exhibit 1: How You Know You’re Watching the Super Bowl At a Gay Bar) and Hudson’s performance (Exhibit 2), not to mention the halftime show, with Bruce "No, I'm Not Jewish" Springsteen (Exhibit 3) Same goes for Jack’s, perfect if you crave a more mixed-crowd, straight/gay. But if you’ve had enough scrimmaging in this town and are looking to kick it with a new quarterback or tight-end, there’s always Baltimore’s Hippo. The Hippo’s saloon will open at 4 p.m. for its Super Bowl party featuring free popcorn and hot dogs. Free, you say? Touchdown!...

Having a ball in the name of equality

Posted by Hearsay
January 23, 2009 4:47 PM |
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“What a party, huh?” Gay bishop Gene “Dignified Delight” Robinson wasn’t the only one in awe of the thousands of gay- and gay-friendly folk who came out in support of equality Tuesday night. The Human Rights Campaign’s Joe “Head Over Heels” Solmonese greeted the sold-out throng at the Out for Equality Ball that his organization co-hosted with some two-dozen other gay rights organizations at the Mayflower Hotel. With open bar! And actually good buffet bites! Hearsay was in gay-heaven!

“This Inauguration isn’t just about Obama. It isn’t about Rick Warren. It is a little bit about Aretha Franklin’s hat,” Solmonese said, as the crowd roared its sartorial consent. Is it true the hat came from his closet? Joe, we hardly know you! “And it is about us, all of us, as a community,” Solmonese then added. And what a community! It was a moving and touching ball, even if the President never showed, too busy ball-hopping among the 10 official balls. The other balls can have the President and the First Lady though – though an in-person peek at her beautiful gown would have been nice. Those other balls can keep Beyonce and Bon Jovi, too. Melissa E.jpgEquality really rocks, baby: Melissa “Yes I Am” Etheridge brought down the house as the headliner. It was a poignant performance. Etheridge noted that it has been exactly 16 years since she came out publicly at a ball during President Clinton’s first Inaugural. Time has only made her stronger, wiser, happier. Somebody bring her some water!

The firecracker Thelma “Highlight” Houston delivered a Motown medley, along with one of her newer songs and of course her disco classic, “Don’t Leave Me This Way.” She teared up as she talked about being from Mississippi, never expecting to see this day, when an African-American man was elected President. The crowd seconded that emotion!

Hearsay had much fun roaming among the “festive or formal”-attired masses, traipsing around with the many beautiful tuxedo-covered asses in search of more booze (did Hearsay mention it was open bar?) and more free grub and especially more spots to relieve oneself. Hearsay almost got lost in the Mayflower maze at one point. “Excuse me sir, what room did you say Governor Spitzer was in?” Turns out, Hearsay’s a year too late – and far too cheap.

But after a little celebrity-hunting among the crowd – Hi, Tammy “It’s Magic” Baldwin! Hey, look at you, k.d. lang! Well, Sir Ian “Full-Frontal” McKellen, what a nice surprise! And what was your name, hottie from Brooklyn? – it was back to the real entertainment. Though it wasn’t all entertaining. Rufus and Cyndi.jpgRufus “Not Ready to Love” Wainwright was his usual too-dour-self in what was a completely celebratory environment. And though Cyndi “She Bop” Lauper made for a marvelous duet partner with Wainwright, on what has to be one of the very best pop songs ever written, Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is not at all the hosanna its title suggests it is. “It’s a cold and it’s a broken hallelujah” – and nobody felt cold or broken on this night.

Especially not with the Right Reverend Robinson in attendance. Robinson, whose official Presidential Invocation at Sunday’s concert at the Lincoln Memorial was not covered on HBO due to an error by the organizers, spoke eloquently at the HRC Ball about this momentous day. “I think, I hope we look back at this as the day that changed things.” But he wasn’t all rah-rah-rah. “As much as we love this President, we’re going to hold his feet to the fire to address our issues. We will not be thrown under the bus again.”

Keep us on the bus, and you’ve got yourself a party. That’s something Massachusetts Governor Deval “Happy Days” Patrick clearly understands. His state’s first African-American leader, Patrick came on stage with his wife and daughter to say a few words about the fight for marriage equality, which he fully supports. “As it turns out, I have a personal stake in this issue,” Governor Patrick said, pointing to his daughter Katherine, who came out publicly as a lesbian just this past summer. Mama Patrick hugged her close, and you could just feel the love. Massachusetts wins it again!

Undie Cover

Posted by Hearsay
January 17, 2009 9:15 AM |
421251736_2ab6e8f66a_m.jpgIs it true that a certain D.C. Government official will be attending this year's MAL festivities commando? So says David "I'm a Bull Among Bears" Phillips over on Facebook, who writes:
Forget the fundies closing down Fort Troff's MAL pig party at the Doubletree! The big news this weekend is that..."Government Official Name Censored"...will appear at Leather Cocktails without briefs underneath the pants. And such frightful weather for denying the naughty bits one less layer of protection!
Hearsay wonders if this will start a new fashion trend among government employees in D.C. If so, Hearsay already has a name for it: Bobble Heads....

Inaugurating the leather weekend

Posted by Hearsay
January 16, 2009 3:34 PM |
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Leading up to Tuesday’s swearing in of the next president, D.C. will become so crowded and noisy, it threatens to resemble a barnyard. Sheep, bah. Bring on the cowhide! That’s right, it’s time for Centaur Motorcycle Club’s 25th Mid-Atlantic Leather Weekend.

It’s going to be bitterly cold at least until Saturday, looks like. So why not pick up some leather garb either at the always-reliable Leather Rack or at the Leather Exhibit Hall, which opens at 4 p.m. Friday at the Washington Plaza Hotel. Leather keeps you warm! Stick around for drinks after in the host hotel’s expansive lobby – the place where everyone comes and goes at least once during the weekend. That’s entertainment! Later tonight, Friday, January 16, comes the first of two weekend dance parties at Apex. The online fetish site Recon brings its second annual Full Fetish Party with Provincetown DJ Leslie III. Nearly 1,000 Recon members have RSVP’d that they’ll attend, so it should be good. Don’t forget to dress up (or down, depending on your proclivities). The second leather event at Apex is Sunday’s MAL Reaction Dance, with another P’Town regular, DJ David “A House’s A Rod” LaSalle, and lights by Nation’s former guru John “Living Under Your Spotlight” Niederhauser.


When you’re not carousing the Washington Plaza and dancing at Apex, you can hit Almas Temple. The Shriner’s grand hall is the site of Saturday night’s signature Leather Cocktails reception from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., complete with a parade of states – that is, a parade of leather organizations attending this year’s MAL. Then, Sunday afternoon, January 18, brings the Mr. Mid-Atlantic Leather Contest at the Temple, where actress, comedian and gay rights activist Kathy “Peggy Hill is My Bitch” Najimy will entertain as the judges deliberate about who is this year’s leading leather daddy.

But wait, there’s more! Unofficial events include Blowoff, Saturday night at the 9:30 Club. Sunday, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m., Green Lantern hosts the monthly PAKT Underwear Party. And then any night of the weekend you’ll do just fine looking for leather lovers at The Eagle – duh! – Green Lantern, Remington’s and Omega. And, of course, eating at Annie’s. Annie’s is open 24 hours through Wednesday morning, while most of the other venues in town will stay open as late as 4 a.m., courtesy of Inauguration excitement. Thanks Obama!

HRC's Manly Man Dance Party

Posted by Hearsay
January 10, 2009 10:15 AM |
In just about a week and a half, the Human Rights Campaign will be making a big splash during the Obama Inauguration, with a ball and a dance, even a sock-hop (argyle strongly encouraged). But first up, something lower-key, cheaper and cruisier -- just Hearsay’s speed! Tonight at Town is HRC’s 5th Annual DC Men’s Winter Party. You can get in for only $15, which also gains you an annual HRC membership -- if you’re one of the five people not yet a member. But shell out $100 to be part of the Host Committee, and you and a guest will get entry, one free drink each, plus better name recognition in town, not just at Town. (Your name will be listed online and at the event.) There will also be a cruise giveaway, so you can sail away in the name of gay rights. How fabulous! Party is from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m....

Cobalt's Got Friends (of Friends)

Posted by Hearsay
January 6, 2009 10:08 AM |
Tonight is Mark “Tickle Me” Morgan’s birthday – and to help him celebrate, he’s inviting all of his friends, and friends of friends, and friends of enemies, and enemies of friends, and, well, you too. He’s expecting nearly 200 people to fill up the second floor of Cobalt, better known as 30 Degrees. And all to celebrate the fact that he’s turning five. No, actually, he’s turning several of several times that. (Still sounds young, doesn’t it? And that’s all that matters.) But the monthly gay networking event he throws with Keith “Burp Me” Petrack, called Friends of Friends is turning five. The two started it exactly so many years ago to the date, and at the same place too – though of course Cobalt has just been redesigned from top to bottom, so there’ll be plenty to talk about. The friends can also talk about how there’s now more than 700 people on the group’s email distribution list – new recipients welcome – and an average of 150 people show up for each monthly event, which hits a different bar the First Tuesdays of every month. Tonight, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., 30 Degrees will offer up 2-for-1 drink specials, as well as a special for dining afterwards at the new LevelOne restaurant downstairs. And they’ll even throw in a little retro action later that night upstairs. If you’re lucky, even a Raspberry Beret.

But wait, there’s still more to talk about: Morgan and Petrack’s group will likely continue to branch out this year. Morgan started the D.C. group as an affiliate of a Friends of Friends organization a friend started in San Francisco, and now there’s a regular Friends of Friends branch as far away as Northern Virginia too. Petrack says next up will be probably a D.C. brunch group, or a D.C. dinner group. Or maybe an organized D.C. art show excursion. Though what Hearsay would really like to see is a D.C. dog pooper-scooper group. Yes, Hearsay’s serious. That would be, as you youngins’ of youngins’ might say, the shit....