CATEGORY: LGBTQ Cultural History

Derek Jarman – Gay British Film Maker

In celebration Gay Pride 2022, Walter Film is highlighting Derek Jarman (1942-1994), one of the preeminent gay filmmakers of the late Twentieth Century, and one of the great names in British “queer (as it was known)” cinema. From the time of his feature film, SEBASTIANE (which rendered the story of Saint Sebastian in what for its time was disturbingly overt homoerotic imagery), Jarman left an indelible imprint on the history of LGBTQ art. ARCHIVE OF UNPUBLISHED SIGNED AUTOGRAPHED LETTERS …

From Beefcake to Drag

In today’s LGBTQ community the gay male has two aspects of his personality that might be considered by some as somewhat outré: “drag or drag queens – men dressing as women” and “beefcake  males – hyper-muscular men.” Their true origins date from the ancient Greeks where the muscular male body was celebrated in stone and reflected in the images of the gods and where the female characters in plays were performed by boys. However, today’s interest in drag queens and beefcake males act…

Drag Before RuPaul

The term “Drag” is the shortened version of “Drag Queen” which, in many circles today, is a derogatory description of men who like to dress as women either as a life choice or as a female impersonator. RuPaul changed “Drag Queen” to “Drag” in 2009, when he became an international celebrity, turning his success as RuPaul Female Impersonator, recording artist, spokesperson, actor, author and talk show host into a reality competition television series, RuPaul’s Drag Race, which he…

Peter Allen – LGBTQ Aussie From Oz

Peter Allen – Australian LGBTQ wunderkind:  a singer, an award-winning songwriter, a flamboyant entertainer and oh so beloved, that Hugh Jackman starred in a Broadway musical of his life, The Boy from Oz, which earned Jackman a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical. 

AN LGBTQ Cabaret at Reno Sweeney

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In celebration of Gay Pride 2021, we’re presenting our LGBTQ Cabaret starring Lesley Gore, Peter Allen and Holly Woodlawn. They all performed at Reno Sweeney’s intimate Greenwich Village cabaret, which was named after a character from Cole Porter’s 1934 musical, Anything Goes, and ran for four years at 126 West Thirteenth Street.