The Roxy nightclub in New York City founded in 1978 as a roller skating rink, roller disco by Steve Bauman, Richard Newhouse, and Steve Greenberg. The Roxy was located at 515 West 18th Street in the Chelsea section of Manhattan. During the late 1970’s thru the mid 1980’s, The Roxy housed many different theme nights. In that time, The Roxy hosted a party for the 1980 U.S.A. Olympic gold medal Ice Hockey winners. By 1981 the format of the club was changing from a roller skating rink/roller disco and catering more to the Hip Hop music that was taking hold [...]
Meshach Taylor AKA Hollywood Montrose the flamboyant window dresser in the 1987 film Manneqin also starring Andrew McCarthy, Golden Girl Estelle Getty, James Spader and sex siren Kim Cattrall. Hollywood helps Johnathan save Emmy the mannequin from certain demise by holding back the Police and BJ Wert of Illustra the rival department store. Although straight, Mr. Taylor did bring flair of the flamboyant window dresser to the forefront in the 1980’s. Hollywood Hose Down Hollywood Hose Down Mannequinat MOVIECLIPS.com ...
Billy Schumacher born in Brooklyn, New York in 1951. He bacame International Chrysis when only at the age of twelve years old entering and joining pageants. In 1967 she appeared uncredited in the film The Queen in a chorus line with the likes of Crystal Labeija (Miss Manhattan) and Rachel Harlow (Miss Philadelphia). Also in the film was The Flawless Sabrina (Jack Doroshow) who founded The Nationals Academy and ran the events from 1959 to 1967. The movie was released in 1968 a year before the Stonewall uprising. International Chrysis went on to star in Jesus Chrysis Superstar and The Last [...]
Love Sidney 1981 NBC Sitcom starring Tony Randall (1920/2004) as a middle aged man whose gay and lives alone in Manhattan, New York City in the early 1980’s. He befriends a mother Laurie Morgan played by Lorna Patterson (1956) in the telemovie Sidney Shorr and Swoozie Kurtz (1944) in Love Sidney tv sitcom. The daughter Patti Morgan was played by Kaleena Kiff. The Series lasted 44 episodes only two seasons. The fact that Sidney was gay was never mentioned it was always insinuated. The homosexuality was downplayed because sponsers and advertisers would affect the funding for the show. Tony Randall left the part in 1983 after being disappointed by what [...]
Christopher Street, the oldest street in the West Village section of Manhattan New York City. During the late 1700’s was when Christopher Street received its name, when the land was acquired by Charles Christopher Amos. You can see his name in a few areas of the West Village (Charles Street would be one, Christopher would be the other and 10th Street also bore his name Amos at one time). At that time Christopher Street only went west till what we know today as Weehawken Street, which was laid out in 1829 and is the shortest street in the West Village. [...]
LGBT Pride History – Remembering Marsha P. Johnson The Original Transgender Activist (1945 – July 6, 1992) Marsha P. Johnson (was an African American transgender activist and a popular figure in New York City‘s gay scene from the 1960s to the 1990s. One of the city’s oldest and best known drag queens, Sometimes she worked as a waitress, but usually she worked the streets. She was known for helping other transvestites and street people and was regarded as a drag mother. Johnson participated in clashes with the police amid the Stonewall Riots. She was a co-founder, along with Sylvia Rivera, [...]
The film Longtime Companion opened in 1989 at the Independent Feature Film Market and was generally released in New York City at selected Movie houses on May 11, 1990. This was the first wide release film to put a face on the subject of the AIDS epidemic. The title of the film refers to what the New York Times newspaper would refer to the surviving partner (Longtime Companion) of a person who had died of AIDS durning the 1980’s. The beginning of the film opens with various images of Fire Island New York’s beaches, woods, discos and brunches in a before HIV/AIDS world. [...]