By Auntie M
Good Lord! Between Memorial Day and all the Pride Celebrations yours truly will be too pooped to party for Flag Day! Sadly some people, especially the younger generations have no idea what prompted the Pride movement.
Allow me to enlighten you; Stonewall Union was named after an event in history, the Stonewall riots. The Stonewall riots started in New York City on Christopher Street at the Stonewall bar. The year was 1969, and the day of Judy Garland’s funeral (my Hero) as one of the historians put it “the drag queens were in no mood to play” meaning the mood of the community was somber.
Until the day of the start of the riots the police had routinely physically and verbally harassed the men and woman of the gay bars. The men and woman did not resist or object. An example of such harassment would be the police entering the bar and running their night sticks over the buttocks of the patrons, making lude suggestions, or asking lude questions. For whatever reason, one night we fought back. The fighting did not continue during the day but started at sundown each evening for three nights. History has it that a Lesbian struck the first blow (you go girl I’d love to shake your hand), and then the drag queens joined in. The drag queens gained a reputation for being fierce foes during the riots. Rather a paradox to what most people assumed a drag queen to be. As a result of those riots, came the first awareness of the concept of and the need for gay civil rights.
I can hardly believe this happened in my life time! We’ve come a long way baby! So having said that, let’s find out where in Metraland you can go and show the world WE ARE PROUD!!!!
“Ferndale Pride and Dyke March” June 1st and 2nd 12 am. 3rd annual street festival in downtown Ferndale. W. Nine Mile Road. For more information go to WWW.ferndalepride.org
“Motor City Pride” Saturday, June 8th at Hart Plaza. Featuring “The Scissor Sisters “yes guys the same Scissor Sisters that sing “Let’s Have a KiKi”, what is a KiKi you ask
it’s very simple it’s a party to relax yourself. Also performing, Yara Sofia from season three of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Hay that’s the same entertainment that they had at this years white party in Palm Springs (you can’t get better then that) There will be lots of top DJ’s spinning both days. Check out all the fun and informative booths.
Chicago: “Pridefest 2013” Saturday and Sunday June 22nd and 23rd, Northalsted. For more information go to www.chicagopride.org or call 773-348-8243
IML (WWW.IMRL.com), Absolutely, positively, no doubt in my mind the place to be on Memorial Day weekend! is the 35th Annual “International Mr. Leather” Friday, May 24th through Monday, May 27th in Chicago. The host hotel is the Marriott downtown at 540 North Michigan Avenue, Chicago IL.
This year they managed to snag Beverly McLellan, who recently made the final four on the NBC’s The Voice! She will be performing on Sunday, May 26th at the Chicago’s Harris Theater. IML is looking for volunteers for the weekend (oh oh pick me pick me! Please sir) for more information check out their web site.
BERLIN (773-348-4975), Thursday, June 6th and the first Thursday of each month is “Peech Fuzz” featuring Das Moth with resident DJ’s Kid Color and Tim Zawada. Hosted by Trannika Rex.
2nd STORY(312-923-9536), First word that comes to mind –cozy, second word that comes to mind-fanfreakingtastic!! The boys are friendly and chatty, which I love about our community! And the bartenders keep things bumpin and fun. You can go there alone and no one would know the difference because the whole bar becomes one party!
SPIN NIGHTCLUB (773-327-7711), Memorial Day Weekend at SPIN, Friday, May 24th “Scandalous Shower Contest” at midnight. You could win $100 for first place or a $50 bar tab for second place. Saturday, May 25th Bring what turns you on and get in on the fun with their “Fetish Party” humm, what to bring? So many choices I guess I’ll have to go through my bag of toys. Sunday, May 26th “Sunday Funday” from 2pm-2am, featuring super sized cocktails served in pint glasses!
TOUCHE(773-465-7400), Thursday, May 16th “Handballer Night” Red and White hanky specials. The club room is open! Chicago Leathermens group 7:30. Thursday, May 23rd “Bear Pride Early Bird Party” Saturday, May 25th “IML Gear Night”, dress in the Club Room is barbers and bootblacks.
NECTO (734-994-5436), Friday, May 17th a gay prom “Baby I was Born This Way” with DJ Jace and DVJ Mark. Drink specials; happy hour from 9pm to 11pm, ½ off all drinks, shots and bottled beers and $2 Long Islands til 11pm. Friday, May 24th It’s “Becki’s Last Night” lets go say farewell to one of my favorite Necto bartenders you will be missed girl !!
BODY ZONE (313-366-9663), Saturday, May 18th is “Leather Night” $5 lockers for members in chaps or harness. Saturday, May 25th is “ College Night” with $5 lockers for members 18-25. Friday, June 14th is a “Black Out Party”. and as always “Wild Wednesdays” FREE lube with purchase of a locker or room. Sunday-Thursday “FREE Tanning” with the purchase of a room or locker. Open 24/7
CREAM, “Saturdays And Sundays At the Shelter” The hottest dance music in Michigan with DJ Tom T and DJ Jace. Located below St. Andrew’s Hall
ESCAPE BOOKSTORE (313-366-6558), Adult book store. DVD’s, video rentals and sales, adult magazines and my fav! adult novelties!
FIFTH WHEEL (313-846-8613), Adult bookstore, magazines, male videos, DVD’s and peep shows on there 17 inch screens with over 32 movies and growing (pun intended)
GIGI'S (313-584-6525), What a better way to spend Memorial Day then with a bunch of drunkin college boys! cuz Monday’s are “College Night” FREE cover all night with college ID lets all go party with Nickki, Chico and the boy’s!
HAYLOFT SALOON (313-581-8913), Saturday, May 18th the “3 G Party” which means geeks, games and gear. Wear your favorite geek, comic book, sport or fetish gear BAZINGA! At 2pm meet up at the Hayloft for a field trip to see the new Star Trek Into Darkness. Then at 9pm play games on the mobile video game party. Following will be a FREE concert under the stars on the patio with the DTMC! Saturday May 25th Hayloft’s patio “Grand Opening BBQ” .Lets go and wrap our lips around there meat!
LIQUID (313-826-1192), Saturday, May 25th “The White Party” presented by Backstreet every Saturday at Liquid. Mondays are “Martini Mondays” with the sexy bartender John, $3.50 Martini’s with FREE pool and darts. Tuesdays, “Twisted 2’s Days” every 5th person in the door gets a “blow Job” from Will! (The drink you pigs!) Thursdays, “3 some Thursdays” $3 cover, 3 DJ’s (Tuffy, Noe and Andrew) 3 tube shots for $3. Sundays, Noe’s “Sunday Fundays” on the patio starting at 2pm. “Country Line Dancing” inside from 5-9pm. Saturday, June 1st “Shangela” the debutantes of the south. Hosted by Jade in Black, from RuPaul’s Drag Race!
METRO DETROIT SOFTBALL LEAGUE (www.mdsl.org) Bar of the week is at Pronto’s Sunday, May 19th
R&R SALOON (313-849-2751), Saturday, May 18th ICON “Detroit Uniform Night” It’s a send off party for Steve Teets to IML. Good luck Steve were rutting for you!! Friday, May 31st “Bears in the Bush” kick off party, best bear costume. Sundays “Hot Coyote Dancers” drink specials every 1/2 hour after 6pm. Tuesdays, “Pool Tournament”. Wednesdays, “Smokin Hot Underwear Contest” $100 bucks cash prize!!
DUNES RESORT(269-857-1401), Memorial Day Weekend Friday, May 24th “Man of Manwatch” performing in the Cabaret, Hannaniah Whitly. Saturday May 25th “Pool opening day” with DJ’s Doug Roberts and Mark Vallese, and in the Cabaret, Amy and Freddy. Sunday May 26th” “Tea Dance” 4-7 with Men of Manwatch. Dirty pop DJ Drew G. And In the Cabaret Kelly and Rick.
COMO’S (248-548-5005), Celebrate “Ferndale Pride” at Como’s Saturday, June 1st. Memorial Day they will be open so pop over for food and fun on the patio!!
JUST 4 US (248-547-5878), Proudly celebrating over a decade serving the GLBT community! This place has it all DVD, greeting cards, toys, food and the best coffee in the city. Check out their selection of gay pride paraphernalia.
The APARTMENT (616-451-0815), Every day “Early Bird Happy Hour” 2-4pm then the prices go up a quarter every hour until 9pm. The earlier the better (that’s what I always say) “Blood Suckin Sundays” Bloody Mary bar 2-4 (what did you think it meant?) “Met A Man Mondays” $9 Absolute/you call it pitchers, be careful what kind of a man you met after that much liquor! “Turn It Up Tuesdays” $10 pitchers of Long Island ice teas WHAAAAAT? 9-close “Women’s Wednesdays” with drink specials just for you ladies. “Trursty Thursdays” up to ½ off everything.
RUMORS (616-454-8720), How fun is this? “Foam Party” Saturday, May 25th and again on Saturday, June 8th If you guys have never been to a foam party you have to check it out (it’s worth the drive! trust me) The foam drops from the 2nd floor and gets up to 8 feet high thought the night! You’ll have a foamtastic time!
Spiral (517-371-3221), 1 Ticket 4 venues, Michigan’s largest white attire event “The Michigan Pride White Party” Friday, June 7th. 18+ welcome 21+ FREE cover before 11pm. Call to reserve your FREE party bus!
LIBERTY BAR (248-758-0771), Saturday, May 18th “Drag King vs. Drag Queen” show starts at 9pm with Deja Van Cartier and Spacee Kadett. Friday, May 24th “Customer Appreciation Night” with happy hour prices all night long. Saturday, May 25th “Body Bingo” wear a white t-shirt, a colored t-shirt or no shirt at all and join the fun! Saturday, June 1st “Beach Party” wear your sexist skimpiest swim suit. Friday, May 17th and Friday, June 6th “MIGRA Night” with country line dancing and lessons, 50/50 raffle and door prizes.
SALON ONE (586-274-4260), You don’t want to look a fright for all the pride festivals. I dare you to dye your hair the color of the gay flag (wash out of course) make your appointment today!!
SIDETRAXX (231-935-1666), Thought the years Sidetraxx has welcomed people of all walks of life gay, lesbian, transgender bisexual and straight, hell their motto is “not just a gay bar, everyone is welcome” I love it! Traverse City hosts many prominent festivals such as Michael Moor’s film festival and the National Cheery festival just to name a few. There are beaches, wineries, casinos, fine dining and a prominent night life (who knew) So plan a vaca up north and while your there stop in and their friendly staff will make sure you have a great time!!
MALEBOX II (586-806-2390), DJ’s Jimmy and Bently James host “$2 Tuesdays” $2 well and domestic FREE cover! Join Maria Vonteese and DJ Mike for “Friday Night Out With The Boys” Thursdays and Sundays “Karaoke”. Saturdays Malebox revue “Comedy Drag Show” Every Saturday and Sunday come party on there gorgeous patio for a BBQ (I hope they have nice plump wieners)
That’s it for this issue! Our next deadline is Wednesday; June5th for our Wednesday, June 12th issue. You can reach me at AuntieM4doro@aol.com! Email your upcoming events today!