You can’t overestimate how exciting it was to be openly gay in San Francisco in the 1970s. I mean, Stonewall had happened in 1969, gay civil rights legislation was passing in different states, and, you know, for the first time you could love openly and not be considered sick, not be arrested. It was a very exciting, heady time…
Alysia Abbott writes about growing up with her gay dad in SF in the 70s in her new book Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father. As a millenium of civil rights struggles whirs into action before our very eyes — nascent advances are made, fundamental victories are threatened — it’s good to take a close look at those who brought us this far by demanding the right to be themselves.

You can’t overestimate how exciting it was to be openly gay in San Francisco in the 1970s. I mean, Stonewall had happened in 1969, gay civil rights legislation was passing in different states, and, you know, for the first time you could love openly and not be considered sick, not be arrested. It was a very exciting, heady time…

Alysia Abbott writes about growing up with her gay dad in SF in the 70s in her new book Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father. As a millenium of civil rights struggles whirs into action before our very eyes — nascent advances are made, fundamental victories are threatened — it’s good to take a close look at those who brought us this far by demanding the right to be themselves.

Fairyland Memoir

Fairyland Memoir


Drag sisterhood and performance art collective Chez Deep kick off Pride Weekend in New York with a performance of Common Visions — a ritual drag transformation and live talk show with special guests Domonique Echeverria, Linda Simpson and Mss Vee. A narrative framed within a classical drag revue, Common Visions reaffirms the drag performer as spiritual guide to interpret and celebrate the psycho-spiritual and pop-culture myths that make each of us diverse and divine. 
Chez Deep is the New York City-based drag sisterhood of performers Alexis Blair Penney, Sam Banks, Hari Nef, Colin Self and Bailey Stiles. Common Visions goes down this Friday evening at Ace Hotel New York — RSVP here.

Drag sisterhood and performance art collective Chez Deep kick off Pride Weekend in New York with a performance of Common Visions — a ritual drag transformation and live talk show with special guests Domonique Echeverria, Linda Simpson and Mss VeeA narrative framed within a classical drag revue, Common Visions reaffirms the drag performer as spiritual guide to interpret and celebrate the psycho-spiritual and pop-culture myths that make each of us diverse and divine. 

Chez Deep is the New York City-based drag sisterhood of performers Alexis Blair PenneySam Banks, Hari NefColin Self and Bailey Stiles. Common Visions goes down this Friday evening at Ace Hotel New York — RSVP here.

Chez Deep

Chez Deep


Last November, we celebrated Gay Pride, vogueing and NYC ballroom culture in Palm Springs with Miracles Club, Mike Q, Total Freedom, Beyondadoubt, Isaiah Esquire, Raja and the House of Xtravaganza at our annual Hands On queer music and arts festival. We’ll be reveling in underground queer culture, film and art this fall at Ace Hotel & Swim Club during the first weekend in November — save the date, and keep an eye out for more details soon.


Video by Mariah Garnett.


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