Category: Nightlife

Gay Pride 2014 at a glance [photos]

Gay Pride 2014 photo wrap up

These are some of the photos that GaySocialites shared with us from this weekend as cities all over the globe celebrated gay pride 2014.   No matter what city you were in, everyone seemed to be having a gay ole time!

Here are the highlights [and photo descriptions/ credits]:

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The Battle over NYC Gay Pride

NYC Gay Pride Lawsuit

As gay pride kicks off this week in New York City, a battle is brewing over usage of the name and what some are calling “the ownership of NYC Pride”.  A lawsuit filed by Heritage of Pride has stopped two major New York Promoters, Voss NYC and Matinee NYC, from using the term “NYC Pride” on their promotions.  Now there’s a major debate going on in the Big Apple:  Is NYC Pride Property?

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RIP Claudio Maddox Lake, NYC nightlife superstar

Claudio Maddox Lake has lost his battle to skin cancer. The New York gay nightlife industry is in mourning over news of the loss of long-time performer, Claudio Maddox Lake.  Claudio lost his battle to skin cancer on Thursday, June 19th. Get more…

Are these NYC’s Top 40 Drag Queens?

NYC Top 40 Drag Queens

Paper Magazine has released their list of the top 40 drag queen performers in New York City.  The piece, written by Village-Voice Alum Michael Musto, was released on the heels of the finale of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6.

Who topped the list and who fell into the ranks?

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Comic For A Cause: An interview with Thomas Estler, the creator of Abolitionista!

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A few years ago, Thomas Estler decided that he wanted to give back to the community.  The moment he asked himself what issue it was that he exceedingly cared about, he instantly thought ‘human trafficking’ and began searching for ways to combat this modern day slavery.

 While it is difficult to know exact figures, it is estimated that between 100,000 and 300,000 American born children are trafficked every year into the sex industry.

An FBI contact of Estler’s, who aids in the rescue of some of these children, estimates 200,000, with the average age being as young as 12.

Between 1.6 and 2.8 million children run away from home each year.  1/3 of these children will be approached by a pimp or trafficker within the first 48 hrs of running away.

More statistics from the Department of Justice and other organizations can be found here.

Thomas Estler has found a novel way to contribute to the fight against human trafficking.  That contribution is through a not-so-little Manga comic book called Abolitionista!.  In an interview with Gay Socialites, Thomas Estler gives us insight into how the comic book was created and its empowering message! Get more…

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