Last night Tittie and Electra announced that The Four Seasons will be sold to Paul Chiriaco. Mr. Chiriaco currently owns Mag's on Elysian Fields and the Valiant Theater in Arabi. In a comment he stated "I intend to keep it a LGBT bar, and to make enhancements that will improve the bar". Tittie and Electra have owned the bar for 3 1/2 years and in an emotional farewell they expressed their thanks and gratitude to their family and friends who have supported the bar. The sale of The Four Seasons will be completed and finalized on Friday, September 1, 2017.
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If you know me, then you know that I really love DJ Kidd Madonny, and have been a fan of his for-a while. Then comes along someone with a completely different style and approach to music. DJ Whitney Day is a DJ and event producer based in New York City. Her work can be heard throughout the United States, Europe, and Australia. Her focus is about bringing high caliber events to the lesbian and LGBTQ communities.
It was in college that she discovered a different side of music and her interest changed to music production, recording and technology. After college, she began to work in the film industry, it was now in her life that learned mixing, composing music and sound design for both TV and film.
Before she was 21 she would spend time checking out clubs and raves in the city and Brooklyn. It would be her fascination of the DJ that she would be inspired with the concept of remixing a song and blending different parts together, it would be her ability to re-imagine a song that would carry her through her career, even today she strives to perfect her vision of music and sound. While she considers herself a DJ, she has also expanded to include event production. She continues to search for venues always hiring the best in the industry and those coming up the ranks.
For Whitney, this is not a black and white subject. There are factors that determine what she will play, and how it’s played. For her every venue is different, the crowd, location and of course her mood. Throughout the years she has learned to be flexible and maintain a somewhat “open format”. DJ’ing is about learning how to spin for any crowd, this would include funk, soul, hip-hop and pop. For her this would be the basis for learning the art of DJ’ing. The importance of experimenting with mixing genres, and overtime cultivating and developing your own sound. This is to move the audience, but to expose them to new songs, artist and genres. Whitney states “These days I play very little pop and hip hop, but have grown into my own taste which tends to be dominated by soul inflected house music – sometimes with a disco thing, sometimes more percussive and other night with a deeper more electronic sound. It’s all organic and spontaneous”.
But it’s her ability personalize her music choicest that makes her unique and widely in demand. Whitney states “Giving them something that’s creatively more than what they’re used to and hopefully memorable and exciting”. To balance what the audience likes and wants to hear and remain true to my music is a complicated process at first. She appears to have mastered that and delivers music that is fresh and new. I get the feeling that for her it’s not just about winning over a crowd, but really giving them something to dance to, to remember, and want to hear again. That she wants to expose people to different styles of music and to show energy.
I asked her about the role of women in the DJ industry, and she stated that “it is unbalanced, and yes there is a glass ceiling”. With that said she strives to focus on events that celebrate women in music, as well as queer artist.
Whiney proved to be an interesting induvial to interview, thoughtful of her abilities, a firm understanding of the LGBTQ community, and mostly importantly her love and drive to be the best DJ without compromising herself.
This Southern Decadence Whitney will be at The Bourbon Pub and Parade, it would be worth the effort to hear her spin. For more information visit : bourbonpub.com
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Honestly I'm not a theater person, not that I don't like to go if the production is well received. In my life time I've only been to a handful and mostly in Chicago. However, this past Sunday I attended the production of Looped, directed by Gary Vandeventer and staring Elizabeth Bouvier with Gregory M. Nacozy.
In the summer of 1965 Tallulah Bankhead spent an entire day re-recording (or looping) a few lines of dialogue for a horror film called " Die, Die, My Darling). Working with the sometimes dull film editor Danny. Bankhead was on her on her last leg, dying of emphysema, extremely unemployable because of her unreliability, and addiction to booze, cocaine, and cigarettes. During the heyday of her time she was considered a great stage comedian, and well respected dramatic actress. However due to her outrageous behavior both onstage and offstage it just overwhelmed her talent.
Ms. Bouvier gave an amazing performance. It is clear that she is both witty and funny, while at the same time capturing the essence of the character. I was struck how she could "rip" off a one-liner then turn around and be completely absorbed in the dramatic side of the play (it was effortless). Mr. Nacozy was equally effective in portraying a frustrated film editor, trying to get a difficult actress to do her job. They managed to toss around the jokes, while remaining commented to their character.
There are several one-liners dealing with Bankhead's affairs with both sexes ("[Joan] Crawford was a lousy lay. She kept getting out of bed to beat the children"). But if you really like wisecracks Ms. Bouvier delivers them perfectly.
Source: Bret, David. "Tallulah Bankhead". Robson Book, Limited. 1997.
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Congratulations to the winner of the Miss Louisiana Leatherette contest, a job well done. I have to say that the competition was fierce.
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On July 2017, I wrote and posted an article regarding Southern Decadence, Inc. "N.O. Southern Decadence, In., 501(c)(3) status: Is It a Fraud". The article focused on Southern Decadence, Inc. claim that they are a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization. Since then I have received several comments regarding the story. At first, I would not have responded to comments that either didn’t make sense or were just personal attacks on me, but attacks on my family and blog require me to respond to those who have a lot to say but never to my face.
I refuse to post any of the comments. I will not give someone a platform to vent their narrow-minded points-of-view, or opinion. While I value opinions from everyone, even when they differ from my own. I believe that it’s important to understand and listen to others as they express themselves, but I draw a line when those comments cross a line and become defamatory, question my honesty or integrity. Since 2015 when I wrote my first article I have tried to maintain professional standards and fairness in everything I write and post.
With that being said; I want to make it clear that I stand by my article. What do you tell someone who gets a letter from the I.R.S. explaining that the sponsorship donations they made in 2015 for $1,500 and 2016 for $1,500 are not allowed to be claimed as a donation on their tax returns because the organization is not a tax exempt 501(c)(3)? That they now must amend their taxes for two years, pay penalties/fines, and the expense to use a tax accountant? Their recourse was to submit the paperwork that they retained so that the I.R.S. could determine if any tax codes were violated, and let Southern Decadence, Inc. explain. So, who pays the tax bill, not to mention the $3,000 they gave in good faith?
Not only has Southern Decadence, Inc. left themselves open to possible civil and/or criminal claims, but they have eroded the trust in the LGBT community (then again maybe not). Any possible legal issues that Southern Decadence Inc. faces is of their own making..
It’s interesting that some people in the LGBT community deem or use the term fake news or just drama. While many might think the subject is not important, to some it is important. When did it become acceptable to lie, cheat or deceive a community to collect money? What was written is based in fact, and everything was sourced or confirmed. Contrary to what has been said, we did reach out to get a confirmation or give Southern Decadence, Inc. an opportunity to explain, or deny the article. Not one person has called, texted or stood in front of me and contradicted any portion of the article.
I welcome anyone to talk to me about the topic and convince me it was a mistake. As the owner/editor of an online blog, I’m 100% responsible for all the content published. I don’t make excuses for mistakes that I've made, nor will I ever redirect that responsibility. Regardless of the medium used (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or YouTube) it reflects Squirrel News.
I will not apologize, explain or defend the article. I believe it speaks for itself!
Not too long ago same-sex marriage was decreed as legal in the United States. It is hard to believe that the issue as disputable, confrontational, and subjective is now legal in all fifty states, under the premise of human equality.
Now I don’t want to really get into the issues of social or religious problems that we face in the is country. Instead, I want to talk about social media (gay apps) in the LGBT community. As most know there are a variety of gay social apps to choose from (A4A, Hornet, Planet Romeo, Scruff), however, Grindr has become the most popular and widely used by many gay men.
Like most social apps Grindr scans an area where you live or are and finds other users who are nearby, you can create a profile with information and a picture, which they say gives you better “appeal”. Just think of it as Tinder for gay men; you can talk, chat, exchange contacts, go on “dates”, hook up for sex. To a certain extent, the app does what it’s supposed to, simply because you don’t have to go around announcing that you’re gay. This is most useful in countries where homosexuality is either frowned or illegal.
However, I personally feel that the app could do more harm than good in terms of bringing the LGBT community together, bridging the social disparity between those who have come out of the closet and those who have not; also eradicating the discrimination towards gays. So, I asked four friends to discuss their experiences using Grindr (It wasn’t easy that I can tell you). I gave each one a category and to express their honest opinion about that topic. Here we go!
Guys I find attractive: famous, take, twice my age, doesn't like me back, don't know I exist, not real, dead, or fake. Author Unknown
It Promotes Superficiality
According to Stan who has been using the app for three years now, he has found that pictures are either old or edited beyond imagination, biographies are written in an overtly grandiose manner, and conversations are usually expressed by their alter-ego.
He found this is not limited to just Grindr, but most social apps have the same men on them. Which leads to one being disappointed when you finally meet up because they fall short of expectations (don’t fool yourself expectations are always involved even if you’re just meeting up for a booty call). I asked him to explain what he meant by expectations, he stated “They say that their versatile when in fact they are a complete bottom or suck cock, eat ass, kiss, and you find out it’s not true. A huge turn of.f” He goes on to say, “Most men on these apps are full of crap, they don’t show up, or just want to collect pictures.”
It validates promiscuity
One of the most stereotypical remarks that you often hear is that homosexuals are promiscuous, that you just sleep around with whoever that comes your way.
Trey has been using Grindr for 3.5 years now and has found that most men keep their social app usage on the down low, they don’t want anyone to know they’re using the apps for quick hook-ups. When in fact most men “use Grindr to get laid as much as possible, so long as the other guy “fits” their taste or preference.” He goes on to say, “this really isn’t good for the community and bad for overall health, but it also validates what others have been saying all the while.”
Let’s just be honest Grindr was made with the purpose of hooking up, however, is that the impression that we want for our community? In a world where we are scrutinized. And it’s important to note that the “straight” community isn’t immune to social stereotyping. There are just as many apps for straights are there are for gays. Regardless, we are all at one time judged by society.
It reduces character
Nick has been using Grindr since 2012 and is amazed that this app like most will “reduce the character of who they are, and how one carries themselves.” With Grindr, all that goes out the window so to say.
One will find themselves overly obsessed with the idealistic. The perception of bodily image is reduced to the point that if you don’t have the face or body of David Beckham (pick you own if that helps), one is automatically categorized as not “hot” or even worse “visually appealing,” and that leads to contortion of character, where one feels inferior to the guys out there.
I mean gay men already tip toe on eggshells when out in public, increasing their self-consciousness and making them belittle how they look which just affects them emotionally and mentally. This only causes them to withdraw in their insecurities, and does not bring anyone closer to the “norm”.
It magnifies labels
Labeling is just a brutal categorization that one cannot escape, especially on Grindr. I mean you must choose a label for yourself so that others can “scrutinize” you in their minds before meeting or getting to know you as a person. Negative (or positive, for the body builder) images are conjured before anything even happens.
Michael has been using Grinder for 6 years. He admits that looking at “stats” is the method to determine if someone is worth contacting. He also states, “Grindr does promote superficiality and narrow-mindedness.” And that what matters on gay apps is “the chiseled cheekbones, washboard-defined abs, and a huge cock.” He doesn’t like that fact that most on Grindr (along with other apps) all want the same thing, there is no diversity, or acceptance that a guy might be just average. Just look at their profiles, you will see masc. only, no fems, no fats, twinks only, no or only blacks/whites/Latinos/Asians, no over/under a certain age, the list can on and on. Michael concluded by saying “I do love the LGBT community, they understand what it’s like to be pushed aside and marginalized for their sexual preference, I can’t say the same for Grindr. There is more discrimination and prejudice on Grindr than anywhere I have experienced.”
Please don’t get me wrong, I do believe that Grindr and other social apps have allowed people to come together, to share the same interests as them, to allow those who are shy to express themselves, and connect with others in the community. However, I do believe that you must make peace with yourself before loving others, believe in yourself before loving others, and that includes having the courage to face your own shortcomings and accept one’s identity.
Just let me say this. For those who are actively seeking their “happily ever after” on Grindr, just know that it will mostly be a “happily never after”.
Dallas, Christos. "Grindr - Everything That is Wrong in the Gay World". 1 Oct. 2013. Vada Magazine. Opinions. 07/20/2017.
Personal Interview. Stan. 08/01/2017. Name changed to protect identity. Phone.
Personal Interview. Trey. 07/31/2017. Phone.
Personal Interview. Nick. 07/22/2019. Name changed to protect identity. Web Cam.
Personal Interview. Michael. 08/04/2017. Name changed to protect identity. Phone.
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I came across a very interesting article by Michael Musto of the New York Times. In the article Musto analyzes the changes in the leather world and fetish community. The article “Gay Leather Scene Tones Down From Hard Core to Dress-Up” addresses the morphing of the hardcore leather scene to a more parade of best dressed.
The author would interview leather men in the bars of New York City to shop owners; each talking about how leather in the gay community has become more “mainstream”, and that leather no longer belongs exclusively to the fetish community but has become a statement or a “way to dress” that is sexually provocative.
The internet has played a major role in the perception of leather. As most men are living their lives on the internet, more so on their phones. The sense of being who you are without judgment, or being ashamed is very alluring. Younger men are exploring their kinky side as a result, and expressing themselves in a way that would not have been possible 15 years ago. Matt Johnson stated that “the growth of the virtual world has democratized kink to a greater extent, and has led to a proliferation of kinky sides”.
Where does this leave the more hard core leather men? Most will agree that leather should be earned not purchased and that the understanding of the history is important. However, they understand that times are changing, the concept of self-expression is important. We live in a world where sex is everywhere, and exposure to sex at a younger age isn’t uncommon.
So, some men will simply wear leather (for example the harness) to allow themselves the freedom of expression, to explore their sexuality in their own way. As for the die hard leather men they see the changes and have come to embrace them, and allow this younger generation to be themselves. Isn’t that what it’s all about?
Excerpts: Musto, Michael. “Gay Leather Scene Tones Down From Hard Core to Dress-Up”. The New York Times. 22 December, 2015. Online.
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