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Sunday, October 12, 2014

So Gay So What! My Night at ICON

It's all fun and games until somebody arrives home at almost 3 a.m. to discover he doesn't have his house keys and thinks he must have lost them in the sedan (to or from the club) or at said club. Fortunately, the door from the street was open and I was able to curl up to sleep on the hard, cold, cracked terrazzo of the foyer for a few hours (still unable to get through the inner doorway to the house), then get breakfast and toilet privileges at the downstairs deli once it opened at 7 a.m. I have one neighbor in the building, my friend, Kevin (he lives on the 2nd floor & I on the 3rd), whom I phoned upon waking but whose voicemail took over. So I sat in the sunshine, still in my fleece-lined dungaree jacket until Kevin happened to come down about 10:15 a.m. Know what? I'd left the keys in my apartment all along. Big Duh!

But fun and games -- and entertainment, and social soiree and benefit for So Gay So What -- it was last night at my favorite club, Icon, in Astoria, Queens. As you can see, pictured at left, there I was with So Gay founder, the quite bewitching Darren Melchiorre and my brother from another mother, club owner Nick Lion. The event was on national Coming Out Day. The irony wasn't lost on me, you know. Plus, Icon has added video screens! All deliciously devoted to its promotion of events!

And, again at left, my son from another daddy, Martin, was there, looking cute cuz the boy can't help it. Tony Mansfield, another good Icon buddy was also there for to schmooze with. It looked like a good time was being had by all and the house was jam-packed with the typical, friendly see-and-be-seen and sparkle, Neely, sparkle Icon crowd.

I met three of the performers from the Haus of Mimosa; Nick and his life partner, Ben, and I toasted to their recent anniversary and to my retiring from my day job (to have more time for the nightlife I love). Billboard dance diva Rachel Lorin sang her hits beautifully and paid tribute to So What by doing a dance version of Cyndi Lauper's "True Colors" on the Icon stage. Get Out Award-winning sexy bar staff, and those hot, hot Icon go-go gods!

Oh, and then there was that giant drag queen....

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