Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Mr. Eric Booth Awarded the OUT LIKE THAT Award!

BAAD! aka Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance present the OUT LIKE THAT Award 2007 to Mr. Eric Booth at their last night of the event on Saturday June 23rd. Mr. Booth definitely did not expect it and would not have arrived to accept it if it wasn't for Casandra insistance the he be there to see the closing night of the Out Like That festival with the Drag Queen show. Mr. Booth is happy to accept the award and intends to keep pluging away in the black/Latino LGBTQ Bronx Community

After 10 years of Broadcasting, WE MARCHED!

I want to thank all of our fans, cast and crew who marched with us on June 24: James Monaghan, Robert Preston, Daniel Delvalle, Isabel gonzalez, Carol Mardon, Ruben Tomas, Teddy Alexandro-Evans, Damon White, Michael Lynch, Michael the photographer, Appolonia's Indian Friend, Nicholas Lopez, Eric Booth and the plethora of fans who came over to congraduate us but couldn't march with us because of previous commitments to march with other LGBTQ groups.

Friday, June 22, 2007

Was Bronx Pride 2007 dealt the Homophobia Card?

June 20, 2007

Adrian Benepe, Commissioner
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation
The Arsenal
850 Fifth Avenue
New York, New York 10021

Dear Commissioner Benape:

On Saturday, June 16th, the Bronx Community Pride Center held our Gay Pride Cultural Celebration at Barretto Point Park in the Bronx. The event was a great success – we were joined by Harlem United Community AIDS Center, Citizens Advice Bureau, Positive Health Project, Amnesty International, African Ancestral Lesbians United for Social Change, The Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center, St. Lukes Hospital, South Bronx Health Center for Children and Families, Adolescent AIDS Program at Montefiore Medical Center, New York City Department of Health and Mental Health, Empire State Pride Agenda, Channel 12 News, Hepteam New York, Hetrick Martin Institute, Gay Men’s Health Crisis, Hispanic AIDS Forum, Heritage of Pride, Citiwide Harm Reduction, Planned Parenthood, Mt. Sinai Medical Center, Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance, Marriage Equality, Right Rides, and Bronx AIDS Services. Unfortunately, the success of the day was jeopardized by the attitude and behavior of Parks Department staff. Instead of cooperating with my staff, volunteers and community organizations to plan and run a successful day, Parks Department personnel, at nearly every turn, attempted to obstruct our plans, and consistently presented undisguised hostility toward our event. More seriously, on the day of the event, Parks Department staff continuously harassed my staff, volunteers, representatives of Community-Based Organizations and the public attendees of the Celebration. We are disappointed by the Park staff’s negativity and refusal to work cooperatively, and we seek your help in an effort to prevent a recurrence of this behavior, so that we can all look forward to the 2008 Bronx Pride Celebration.

The event was sited at Barretto Point Park after our requests for four other locations were denied, and the Parks Department’s offer to place us at Crotona Park was withdrawn. The Department presented Barretto Point as our only alternative. As you know, this park is a beautiful gem, but small and distant from public transportation. Although the location presented obstacles, we pushed forward with our plans, securing participation from major health providers and community not-for-profits. We also provided private shuttle buses at the #6 subway stop at Hunts Point and Longwood Ave as Barretto Park is one mile from the train station. But only days before the event, Parks Department officials informed us that we would not be allowed to have any of our community groups located at tables in the park. Since it was far too late to obtain closing of the street outside the park, the Department’s position threatened to effectively shut down the celebration. At a meeting at the park, two days before the event, we reached an agreement with the Department that we would place the tables on the concrete pathways, so that the sod would be protected from damage from chairs and tables. The public would not be using the paths, but would walk unfettered on the lawn. We also agreed on the location for the large trailers from Bronx AIDS Services, Citiwide Harm Reduction, and Hispanic AIDS Forum on the street, the location for our rented Port–o-sans and the registration table. It was also agreed that a small tent would be put up behind the stage area, to serve as a changing room for performers, and that plans for a protective structure to be erected over the stage area would be sent to the Department for approval.

On the day of the event, as I noted above, Park officials and employees behaved in an egregiously hostile, uncooperative manner. Between our initial meeting at the park and the day of the event, several additional community groups had asked to join the celebration and set up tables to distribute information. We also had two additional vendors present. This was a positive development. But instead of working with us to accommodate the additional participants, Parks Department personnel threatened to confiscate the groups’ materials, and continuously harassed event participants. Without any specific explanation of its objections, the Department refused to allow any shelter to be erected over the stage, other than a small tarp to cover the public address equipment. At every turn, Parks Department personnel threatened and obstructed the operations of the day. This behavior was not motivated by a desire to protect the park lawn; we all were committed to that value, and stayed within the agreed parameters. (We kept all table legs off the sod, despite the fact that the day before the event, several gatherings were observed at the park by my staff, where tables and chairs were permitted on the lawn.)

Throughout the day, Parks Department staff pestered, nitpicked and threatened. They consistently refused to work with us to resolve problems, choosing instead to aggravate them, constantly attempting to limit the participation of community groups and the public. Park staff tried to force us to end our entertainment by six p.m., despite our sound permit, which was valid until eight. This inhospitable, hostile attitude was strongly experienced by me, my staff, and the staff of the participating groups.

Our parks are a vital resource, and essential to the health and vibrancy of our City. The Bronx LGBT community cannot allow itself to be excluded from access to this resource. We also cannot tolerate the expression of insidious prejudice that we experienced at the hands of Parks Department personnel at our Pride Day Celebration. I believe that you and the entire Administration share our concerns and our goal of a tolerant, open, vibrant City. I ask that you join me in exploring ways to address the problem we encountered this week and plan for a more successful experience in 2008. I look forward to hearing from you.

Lisa Winters, Esq.
Executive Director

Monday, June 18, 2007

Strange Fruits at Lincoln Center; Drag Show Video Vérité

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Bruno Walter Auditorium40 Lincoln Center Plaza (Best entrance for auditorium 111Amsterdam Avenue)

New York, NY

Thursday, June 21, 2007


Admission: Free

Dress: You DecideSeating:

First come first served

For seating information: (212) 642-0142

Its the ultimate NYC drag show; on video tape.An evening of rare and never before publicly screened videoclips, Drag ShowVideo Vérité brings together a cavalcade of the legendary facesand places, past and present, that have made NYC’s dragscene over the past 35 plus'years.

Footage includes:

Paul Ambrose, Kevin Aviance, Jackie Beat, azmine Manolo, Blahnik,Brandall, Lady Bunny, Jim Bailey, Charles Busch, Cashetta,Charity, Christina, International Chrysis, Lavinia Co-op, JayneCounty, Jackie Curtis, Candy Darling, Sister Dimension, Derrickin a Dress, Ethyl Eichelberger, Mistress Formika, Zondra Foxx,Gassy, Rudy Giuliani, Murray Hill, Kit Holiday, Jimmy James,Marsha P. Johnson, Jacqueline Jonée, Christopher Jones, ChitahDaniels Kennedy, Kiki and Herb, Michael Lynch, Lypsinka, Macha,Agosto Machado, Shelly Mars, Jim Michaels, Milan, Billie Nelson,Noche, Hapi Phace, Charles Pierce, Rollerena, Rose Royalle,RuPaul, Flawless Sabrina, Shaboomboom, Linda Simpson, JaimeeSommers, Sweetie, Switch N; Play, Tabboo!, Aurora VanDavenport,Lahoma Van Zandt, Vikie Victoria, Sherry Vine, Jesse Volt, GustyWinds, and Holly Woodlawn plus many more. A special slide show ofDerrick Little's photos of the 1990s downtown drag scene withlive piano accompaniment provided by drag concert pianistJacqueline Jonée will also be featured.

Thursday, June 14, 2007

Maurice Hines talks to Fruta Extrana TV

Hey there! Your friend eric booth wants you
to check out this video on

the Current TV website:


Monday, June 11, 2007



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Sunday, June 10, 2007

The "Puerto Rican Day Parade, Remixed" exhibit reception story.......

Hi Folks,
For those of you whom I met and chatted with at the reception, hello again and let's stay in touch. Here's an e-zine article I've just written (with photos) about the "Puerto Rican Day Parade, Remixed" exhibit reception:

You can also see photos and read additional info on my FLICKR set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/artedelares/sets/72157600331421667/ as well as in my
"Puerto Rican Day Parade, Remixed" FLICKR group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/393849@N23/

I hope you enjoy your photos. Since I didn't know everyones names (in the captions), please send any I missed by email or as a FLICKR comment. If you'd like to get your own JPG of an image just drop me an email. Your comments and suggestions will be welcome! Happy Puerto Rican Day Parade to everyone! Que viva Puerto Rico!!!!!

forwarded by Daniel Delvalle

Thursday, June 7, 2007

Puerto Rican Day Parade Remix.

The place was packed to the walls with people and the atmosphere was warm and friendly . Interesting characters moving about conversing and chatting while viewing a variety of works. Some of the artist submitted interesting works on paper , colorful computer graphics, sculpture, two installations; which included a beautiful young women dressed in a provocative multi-colored mermaid outfit. All in all she was fun eye candy for some and don't think she will be around after the opening. They'll probably place a mannequin for the duration of exhibit. ha ha ha!
Photographers were clicking many pictures as well as video coverage, the process was a bit long as I was the last person interviewed. I didn't get out til 10:00pm. but enjoyed the experience. Spoke briefly to art historian Yasmin Ramirez who was co-curator of exhibit. She was real sweet
while making the rounds to other artist and guests. I sensed she was a bit overwhelmed with the large turnout but also excited and thrilled. Poet Bobby Gonzalez, former Puerto Rican political prisoner Dylcia Pagan, and Gail Nathan, director of Bronx River Arts Center
were in attendance. I exchanged info with several artist , a photographer and hopefully will receive photos of event via e-mail.

Check out OP-ARTS web-site. They are a collective group of artist that produce a diverse and eclectic range of talent and they have a real cool web-site. Hopefully in the future they may be able to showcase their talents at The Bronx River Art Gallery.

Adios - Daniel Delvalle

Tuesday, June 5, 2007


After 10 years we are still making news!
We are planning some big events for Strange Fruits 10 years on BronxNet, Our first event will be marching in the NYC Gay Parade for the first time. We plan to get some t-shirts made. If you plan to march with us in the parade, a $5 donation for a t-shirt will help us tremendously.


Eric Booth



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