by Andre Torrez
"I'm gonna go put my penis away. I'll be right back."
Camille Tow says this in male form after arriving at a backstage area detached from the main part of Longboard Margarita Bar in Pacifica. His lanky, topless figure, baring a thin but masculine torso, slips off to a nearby bathroom to make those necessary transformative adjustments.
Cemora Valentino-Devine and Directa Deposit (whose neighborhood bar we happen to be in) are already in the dimly-lit dressing room preparing to hit the stage for Diva!, Ana Mae Coxxx' drag night. Yes, drag really happens in Pacifica.
Before the rest of the girls filter in, Cemora's YouTube playlist wafts through the air from tin-can sounding smartphone speakers. Directa says she prefers silence in the hour it takes her to get ready.(read more)
by Heather Cassell
Oakland is going to be party central Labor Day weekend as the city celebrates its fifth annual Pride celebration on August 31.
The revived annual festival was originally launched in 1997 until it fizzled due to lack of funding, and competition from the Art and Soul Festival. But the event has been building momentum during the last five years. It's quickly become the second largest Pride celebration in Northern California, and will attract what organizers estimate will be nearly 50,000 attendees this year.
With the theme, "Pride is Oakland. Oakland is Pride," the LGBT community and their allies are truly proud of their city and vibrant LGBT community.(read more)
Sheila Escovedo, better known as Sheila E, plans on giving Oakland Pride attendees an eclectic taste of some of her newest works when she performs her hits "The Glamorous Life," "A Love Bizarre," and "Erotic City." (read more)
Donna Sachet covers the REAF's 20th anniversary gala concert, Cookie Dough's tenth anniversary of her Monster Show, The Mr. and Miss Golden Gate crowning, the second Stoli Guy competition, and other festive events. (read more)
The late summer sizzle continues at The Nob Hill Theater, with one of the most tantalizing men in porn, Ryan Rose. (read more)
As follow-up to last week's documentary about Toby Ross, let's look at three of his best known, pre-condom titles—Reflections of Youth (1975), Boys in the Slums (1976), and Do Me Evil (1975). (read more)
The Richmond/Ermet AIDS Foundations' 20th anniversary gala concert brought out the stars; appropriate, given its classic Broadway musical theme. (read more)