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'Los Idolos' A Drag Salute to Five Queer Icons of Color


The minds behind Hard French are on a mission to revolutionize the dance party scene one fete at a time. The dance collective is kicking off San Francisco’s pride with Los Idolos, a love letter-cum-dance party dedicated to queer visionaries of color,

“We wanted to honor a group queer folks of color who were creative and fierce and inspiring but don't often get recognized in the (usually white gay male) mainstream histories of Pride.” Said Devon Devine, Hard French’s event producer.

The concept for Los Idolos centers around Jackie Shane, a black, genderqueer soul singer who made her mark in Toronto’s early 60s soul scene.



“Jackie Shane ties in directly to the music we DJ at Hard French,” Devine explained. “Her role in queer history is largely understated and Pride was the perfect time to bring her story to the forefront of our event.”

The party, Devine says, is meant both to inspire and remind us all of pride’s political origins. 

“'Pride' has become so commodified that we often don't remember or recognize that Pride started as a protest - fighting police for our right to exist, coming out and marching down streets to be proud of who we are.”

Watch Hard French channel their inner Grace Jones, Freddie Mercury, Josephine Baker, Juan Gabriel, and Pedro Almodóvar in a teaser video for this Sunday’s event  AFTER THE JUMP...




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  1. It's always fun being told one doesn't know what Pride is. I'm ready for activists to learn how to better avoid sounding like pedantic jerks when trying to make a point. Hard French folks: broadcasting to the world that the world knows less than you do isn't going to win you a lot of support (and it certainly opens your project and goals up for criticism).

    The concept here is noble, but they've made some, um, interesting selections in their honorees and explained their approach really poorly. The video is a mess, and the party will be better, but people aren't going to leave a dance night thinking, "wow, I learned so much about relatively unknown historical figures by getting tanked and dancing for a couple hours." Ths is a commodity like every other party promotion with a very visible conscience.

    Posted by: JK | Jun 23, 2014 12:25:49 PM

  2. This video is a mess! A hot mess. It's so great to see contemporary performers embody these queer icons.

    Posted by: KM | Jun 23, 2014 1:18:41 PM

  3. Years ago I thought someone should put together a "Ten Who Dared" poster with some of the earliest people to come out (Navratilova, Louganis, Kopay, Elton John, RuPaul, etc.) I like the idea of doing a non--white version, or a specifically black or Latino version now that enough people are "out."

    Posted by: Dback | Jun 23, 2014 1:20:53 PM

  4. Of all the Latin gay icons these people could have chosen they picked Juan Gabriel, a HUGE closet case.

    Posted by: Pirulo | Jun 23, 2014 1:48:18 PM

  5. If you don't listen to the whole CBC track, I recommend listening just to Jackie Shane's live track Any Other Way.


    1963? Wow. I thought I knew my music history, but I completely missed that one.

    I should have known JD Doyle would have all the details:


    Posted by: Randy | Jun 24, 2014 2:17:17 AM

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