Gays Last Dance

Before embarking on a surgery that may (or may not) have taken my life, I had a last request – to attend the Winter Party in Miami.  After all, I do have my priorities.  Despite a worldwide pandemic, the gays showed up in record numbers for the National LGBTQ Task Force’s annual event – which was subtitled “Live Free.  Play Hard.  Give Back.”  What makes the Winter Party special is how inclusive it is.  People were there of every age, sex, shape, and size (yes, I was checking sizes).  Not only was there something for everyone, but the proceeds go back into the community – primarily on the local grassroots level.  And it was probably the last major gay celebration for a while.


Days before my potential demise, gCircuit (Asia’s largest gay circuit party) was cancelled.  All eyes then turned to Jeffrey Sanker.  What would happen to the iconic White Party in Palm Springs?  Even as I was wheeled into pre-op (not the surgery I was anticipating), Sanker stated that he was monitoring the situation carefully.  Shortly thereafter, the circuit impresario announced that the White Party would be postponed – to October 30th through November 2nd.  Sure, give the gays a reason to come to Palm Springs over Halloween.  A win/win.

The very first Pride of the Americas was scheduled to take place April 21-26, just a hop, skip and a jump away from the Filth2Go Beach House in Fort Lauderdale – which, after my demise, will surely become a shrine and destination for pilgrims wanting to venerate what few relics I left behind.  Needless to say, it too was cancelled – or, rather, postponed.  Another of my beloved organizations, Los Angeles Pride, has scuttled plans for their 50th anniversary due to the City of West Hollywood banning all public events with a capacity of over 100 through June 30th.  New dates for these events will, hopefully, be forthcoming.

RuPaul’s DragCon, which was scheduled to take place May 1-3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, has been cancelled.  As of now, the NYC installment is still a go in September.

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