No, Lady Bunny didn’t go on a diet! That’s New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning in drag. Over the weekend, Manning hosted Saturday Night Live, and one skit featured the footballer as a drag queen.
You can watch the SNL skit with Manning in drag here:
This weekend could be a much needed turning point for New York City nightlife as XL Nightclub opens at the new OUT NYC Urban Resort. John Blair and Beto Sutter are teaming up with Brandon Voss and Tony Fornabaio in an attempt to revive New York City’s dance scene. Their theme is “It’s all about the music,” and their diverse rundown signifies just that!
As you’ll hear in my State of Gay Nightlife Address on Sunday night, New York’s nightclub scene is in bad shape. Until now, no real dance venue has held a spot in New York’s gay community since the closing of such powerhouse venues as Roxy, Limelight and the Tunnel. Hopefully, this new team of nightlife titans will be able to bring things back to life. If anyone can do it, it is these guys!
Esquelita, the uptown drag club with a little Latin flair, are set to lose their liquor license next month pending a hearing next week.
According to the New York Post, the State Liquor Authority has notified Esquelita management saying they won’t renew the license which means the club that has helped launch the careers of such drag performers as RuPaul and Lady Bunny would likely have to close their doors.
The Post reports:
“The agency notified the club that it would not renew their liquor license, which is set to expire next month, because of two incidents last year. In one, the club’s manager was arrested for allegedly assaulting a patron. In the other, a bartender was accused of selling a drink to an undercover minor.
Zabar said in court papers the manager denies any wrongdoing, and noted that the criminal case against him is still pending. He also said the club is investigating the alleged sale of alcohol to a minor, but noted the club, which had been admitting people 18 and up, had a strict wristband policy in place to insure that no minors were served booze.”
Zabar says the club has already taken some measures to prevent future infractions such as raising the age requirement for admission from 18 to 21. A judge has issued a stay until after the January 12th hearing, however the SLA is going to court this week to try and get the judge to lift his temporary order so that they can yank Esquelita’s liquor license as soon as it expires.
In his response, Zabar say he believes the Port Authority is trying to rid the neighborhood of gays and requests that the agency provide sensitivity training to its employees.