Straight New Yorkers, public radio, show their Pride

by Scott Stiffler
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Jun 10, 2009

June is busting out all over with an embarrassment of Pride-themed riches. Although there's plenty to do this month, there are also plenty of events lurking under your gaydar; worthy activities you won't see publicized on the evening news or featured prominently in the arts pages of the New York Post, the Daily News and other straight rags. So EDGE is picking up the slack with this not nearly comprehensive but nonetheless worthy round-up of Pride events of which you may not be aware.


Our lavender-friendly, left-leaning friends at WYNC have a slew of LGBT programming planned this month. They already held a networking event co-sponsored by the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce last Wednesday, but we're telling you this now not because it's too late, but because it's never too early to plan for next year. Let them know you missed the event and want them to repeat it for Pride 2010!

One of the station's flagship shows, "Studio 360 with Kurt Andersen," is hosting a contest to redesign the gay flag. The best listener submissions, along with a design by Worldstudio, will be presented the weekend of June 27. Work it, you queer Betsy Ross!

WNYC will also air several interviews throughout the month that explore how musicians have been increasingly open about their sexuality-in their professional and personal lives. The station's "Evening Music" program will present "Homophony," a celebration of gay and lesbian composers, from June 25-28. Log onto for more information about WNYC's Pride month programming.


Sure, you swish when you walk; but do you SWiSH? If you don't know the good work done by the straight allies who comprise (Straight Women in Support of Homos), then it's time you paid a visit to their Web site. There, you'll learn all about this gay/straight alliance that's as fun and funky as its name implies.

On June 24, SWiSH will help host Fusion, a benefit for the Anti-Violence Project, to be held at that venerable epicenter of gay-rage and, later, gay pride: the Stonewall Inn, on June 24.

Want to make a real political statement? March with the straights from SWiSH and show the world you're not embarrassed to be seen at a gay event with actual heterosexuals! SWiSH will go back to high school this year with their fabulous homecoming float, "SWiSH BOOM BA!"-which celebrates the out high school kids of today and the queer high school kid in all of us. Download artwork for your outfit from the SWiSH Web site (choose from T-shirt, pennant or megaphone graphics; or go all out and download all three!)

Out in Harlem

Out in Harlem means what it says, honey. It's a Web site on which you'll find all you need to know about the good things happening uptown. Chief among them this month is "2009 Gay Pride Uptown," which happens through Tuesday, June 20, at various locations. Go to the site, do a search for "Gay Pride Uptown" and access all the special events and LGBT-friendly activities in upper Manhattan.

Among the best is an event which actually happens in August, but gives June a run for its money. "Black Gay Pride at Riis Beach" takes place Aug. 1-15. Get your fab on at the "Fabuloso" party at Skyline Caf?, though July 1. No Parking in Washington Heights will host an especially proud Hot Night Thursdays through June 15. Exotic dancers, salsa and hip-hop music and sexy shenanigans are on tap.

Our friends at have a variety of festive suggestions for rainbow-themed outings this month.

Alan Cumming and the cast of "Naked Boys Singing" are among the celebs scheduled to be on hand for a star-studded benefit for the Hetrick-Martin Institute, home of the Harvey Milk School, at the Stonewall Inn on Monday, June 15, from 7 - 10 p.m. A good time for a good cause is sure to be had by all.

POGO Events and present the second annual Amazing New York Race-Gay Pride Edition on Saturday, June 20. Registration begins at 1:30 p.m. and the race starts promptly at 2 p.m. at the monument at Columbus Circle.

Schmooze with in-the-know homos amid crappy celebrity memorabilia at the's Times Square Social at Planet Hollywood (45th and Broadway, fourth floor) on Thursday, June 25, from 6 - 9 p.m. RSVP on their Web site, and lay the groundwork for an evening of networking with "hundreds of amazing GLBTers" who gather to gossip, giggle and meet "tons of celebrities." Social butterflies will thrive, and wallflowers can console themselves with the absence of a cover charge and generous cocktail specials.

Scott Stiffler is a New York City based writer and comedian who has performed stand-up, improv, and sketch comedy. His show, "Sammy’s at The Palace. . .at Don’t Tell Mama"---a spoof of Liza Minnelli’s 2008 NYC performance at The Palace Theatre, recently had a NYC run. He must eat twice his weight in fish every day, or he becomes radioactive.


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