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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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News: Britney Spears, Matthew Shepard, Soft Cell, Gay Cruising

road.jpg Retrial begins over gay Tucson murder: "For the second time, a jury will decide whether a disabled gay Tucson man was stabbed to death over a TV and VCR or as the result of an impulsive rage. Nine years after Mark Truesdell, 29, was slain in his North Campbell Avenue apartment, Ronnie Gene Sartin Jr., 30, is being tried on a first-degree murder charge. Sartin was living in Tucson at the time of the slaying. Sartin was convicted by a jury in 1999 of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. The Arizona Court of Appeals ordered the case returned to Superior Court last year for retrial after changes were made to the law regarding how premeditation is explained to jurors."

Chriscrockerroad.jpg Halloween scare-a-thon: Chris Crocker recreates Britney Spears cooch flash.

road.jpg Britney Spears' new album Blackout being called the best of her career.

road.jpg Utah lawyer on crusade to testify against gay marriage in Vermont: "Monte Stewart will travel more than 2,300 miles this weekend to appear before the Vermont Commission on Family Recognition and Protection as the only lawyer opposed to same-sex marriage scheduled to speak Monday at its second public meeting. Stewart, the president of the Utah-based Family Marriage Law Foundation, will explain to the 11-member legislative committee why marriage rights should not be extended to gay and lesbian couples in Vermont. 'The law has clearly been decided in favor of marriage being between one man and one woman,' Stewart said Wednesday morning, from his office in Orem, Utah. 'There are clear reasons why this institution needs to be preserved.'"

road.jpg Matthew Shepard foundation launches new community site for LGBT youth.

road.jpg British group Soft Cell to release remix album.

Beckhamroad.jpg REPORT: Beckham miserable in the U.S.

road.jpg UK: Police add to patrols at Hampstead Heath's gay cruising spots.

road.jpg Gay lawyer Aaron Charney settles bias lawsuit with NY firm Sullivan & Cromwell, where he worked: "The settlement, the terms of which are confidential, brings to a close a dispute that had fascinated the New York legal community over the past several months, both with its allegations concerning partners at one of the city’s most prestigious firms and its bizarre twists and turns in the courtroom. In January, Mr Charney, who had worked in the firm’s mergers and acquisitions practice, sued the firm, accusing several partners of discriminating against him because he is gay and then papering over his complaints."

road.jpg U.S. asylum denied to gay Mexican.

road.jpg Lithuanian gay rights conference attacked with smoke bombs.

News: Nepal, Unhinged Astronaut, Michael Sandy, Kate Moss

road.jpg Remember the tragic rest stop killing of Michael Sandy last October? One of his killers may be out on $1.3 million bond as early as tomorrow. Clarence Patton, executive director of the New York City Gay and Lesbian Anti-Violence Project: "None of us have any idea how he will do out on bond, but we do know that when a very young man is facing a very serious sentence for murder there is a disincentive for him to stick around."

Menottiroad.jpg Opera great Gian Carlo Menotti died on February 1st, at age 95: "Menotti's Met credits also included staging the 1980 production of Manon Lescaut, as well as the staging and libretto for Samuel Barber's Vanessa, in 1958. Menotti's relationship with Barber was the most important and enduring of his life; the two composers met during their student days at Curtis and shared a home in Westchester county, NY, for many years."

road.jpg A very cool set of photographs documenting the construction of the Crazy Horse monument in South Dakota.

Mossroad.jpg Mossy: The most beautiful woman in the world?

road.jpg Nepal issues historic citizenship papers recognizing Chanda Mausalman as both male and female: "Mausalman, who prefers to be referred to as 'she', has had no sex change surgery or treatment. 'This is a very significant step forward for all transgender people,' Pant said. 'This is the first case of a transgender getting the citizenship certificate.'"

road.jpg The case of the unhinged astronaut.

road.jpg Gay man in Maryland in legal battle against late partner's family over burial site: "Kevin-Douglas and Russell purchased the gravesite near their childhood homes, and Russell’s body was buried there after his death. The two bought the gravesite with the intention that Kevin-Douglas would be buried next to Russell. Russell’s parents, who never accepted their son as he was, decided to challenge Russell’s will in the Maryland court system. They want to have their son’s body moved to the family cemetery, a Baptist cemetery."

Rodriguez_1road.jpg Shameless accessorizing: Michelle Rodriguez hits the Marc Jacobs show in prison anklet.

road.jpg New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell strikes back at former associate Aaron Charney, who filed a lawsuit against the firm alleging retaliation and discrimination: "S&C filed its own suit in New York state court Thursday against Charney, claiming his discrimination suit is part of a 'malicious public relations campaign' that has allegedly included the leaking of 'confidential information.' The complaint, filed by Zachary Fasman and Allan Bloom at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, requests unspecified monetary damages and asks for the return of documents, including those pertaining to clients, pertaining to S&C and those that are attorney work product."

Associate Hits Major NYC Law Firm with Gay Discrimination Suit


Powerful New York law firm Sullivan & Cromwell has been hit by a lawsuit from Aaron Charney, who works there as an associate, alleging harassment, discrimination, and retaliation by partners and employees at the firm, according to legal tabloid Above the Law and The Daily Transom.

CharneyAccording to the Transom, who spoke with Charney, "he is still employed at the firm, and is representing himself."

The documents filed today allege that one of the partners in the firm threw a document at Charney's feet and said, "Bend over and pick it up — I'm sure you like that." There are also accusations that various partners at the firm conspired to have Charney thrown out because he was "carrying on an 'unnatural' homosexual relationship with another S&C associate", and that the firm discriminates against Canadians.

The full complaint is available here.

Bet it's not too comfortable running into the partners around the office water cooler.

UPDATE: The NYT published a story today regarding the lawsuit and they have more details of the complaints and a few responses from partners.

Charney v. Sullivan & Cromwell [above the law]
Gay Discrimination Suit Filed Against White-Shoe Law Firm [daily transom]


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