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Queer ‘Transcendence’ at Cheetahs: a Stage for ‘Weirdos’

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By Genevieve Marie

UPDATE: This event has been postponed indefinitely.

HOLLYWOOD — Donald Trump’s immigration policies have been alarming, to say the least. The call to action was heard loud and clear by Jordyn Kramer, a local singer and performance artist who organizes events for some of the most censored LGBTQ performers in Los Angeles.

The second round of her newest project, a variety show named Transcendence, is scheduled for November 8th at the world famous Cheetahs in East Hollwood, and it couldn’t be a more appropriate setting.

“I like a lot of sex, a lot of spit, a lot of yelling. Freedom. I like to give people a space to be their purest self,” Jordyn said when asked about her unique show style. “Give the weirdos a stage and some pay. And raise money for important causes while doing it. I’ve had lots of great people on my team along the way, of course.”

Burlesque Dancer Xia Gemini

Her previous project, Queerspace, was also developed as a reaction to the state of the world.

“I was sick of seeing all the weirdest/punkest/coolest performers in Philly on the queer performance scene get overlooked,” she said. “The Pulse shootings had just happened… The mission statement was to create a safe space for young QTPOC to come and have some fun and enjoy some entertainment.”

Drag King Clit Eatswood

Queerspace originally started in her hometown, Philadelphia.

“Our drag scene was kind of vanilla and square, and people were confused by me. I was in this competition full of really polished drag queens doing Lady Gaga numbers and I’d be doing numbers in white contacts and costumes that I made out of trash I found on the ground… So I started producing my own events.”

Jordyn decided to move to Los Angeles in October of 2016 and things just really proliferated and exploded, she said.

“A performer named Ian Johnson helped me in the beginning phases. My best friends Max Webber and Angie Araujo took over for a while producing [the Philly show] when I moved to LA. Sam Fineman produced it for a  bit too. It’s been nice to see the many incarnations and mutations.”

Now that the Queerspace has been established in LA, she has handed the reins over to another artist, Peter Kalisch, who keeps that dream alive. Meanwhile Jordyn is writing her own music and building Transcendence, the first fundraising event for the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project.

The lineup for the event currently incldes: N8noface, Oddly Shrugs and Hoddy The Young Jedi “It’s gonna be a banger. I’m really excited to work with these cats (pun very much intended)”

When asked what artists she would love to have in a future show, Jordyn said “I would love to have ICP or Criss Angel make a guest appearance someday. Just tell no one, not even put them on the flyer. Bam, there’s Criss Angel pulling a card with your name on it out of his asshole between drag numbers. Guy Fieri. Neil Hamburger. Henry Rollins. Steve O. Just a few I have my sights on next.”

Rapper Sami Seal

If you would like to donate to the Asylum Seekers Advocacy Project without seeing all the “sex and spit,” you can donate here, but if you’re curious what a LGBTQ variety show at a strip club might entail, don’t forget to bring your ID and some extra cash to tip the dancers. (Sex work is real work, too.)

Transcendence at Cheetahs is November 8th – $10 to enter- 4600 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027

Host Jordyn Kramer flashes the camera

Photos from Transcendence debut show at The Lash by Genevieve Marie

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RAGE is Latest Venue to Fall Victim to the Pandemic

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Another LGBTQ+ Nightlife Destination Has Fallen Victim to the Pandemic

WEST HOLLYWOOD (L.A. Magazine) — Rage nightclub has been a destination for LGBTQ+ nightlife in the bustling Santa Monica Boulevard corridor of West Hollywood for decades. Now, nearly 40 years after first opening its doors, the club has announced it has permanently closed, yet another local business to collapse amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Rage nightclub management lays some portion of the blame on their landlord, Monte Overstreet. The club’s now-former general manager, Ron Madrill, told Q Voice News that rent for the location was already “very high” prior to operations shutting down in March. He says he believes an impasse over rent payments may have contributed to Rage’s closure.

Overstreet also reportedly owns the space formerly occupied by neighboring bar Flaming Saddles Saloon, which also announced […]

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Anderson Cooper Reveals He’s a Dad, Welcomes New Baby Boy

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Anderson Cooper Reveals He's a Dad, Welcomes New Baby Boy

NEW YORK CITY (TMZ) — Anderson Cooper is the proud new father of a baby boy … revealing Wyatt Morgan Cooper to the world.

The CNN anchor took to Instagram Thursday night to reveal earlier this week Wyatt was born via surrogate. Cooper said, “As a gay kid, I never thought it would be possible to have a child, and I’m grateful for all those who have paved the way, and for the doctors and nurses and everyone involved in my son’s birth.”

As for Wyatt’s name, 52-year-old says it’s in honor of his dad, who passed away when he was just 10, saying, “I hope I can be as good a dad as he was.”

Anderson also shared a sweet message about his surrogate, saying, “Most of all, I am grateful to a remarkable surrogate who carried Wyatt, and watched over him lovingly, and tenderly, and gave birth to him. It is an extraordinary blessing – what she, and all surrogates give to families who cant have children.”

Finally, Anderson says, “I do wish my mom and dad and my brother, Carter, were alive to meet Wyatt, but I like to believe they can see him. I imagine them all together, arms around each other, smiling and laughing, happy to know that their love is alive in me and in Wyatt, and that our family continues.” His mother, Gloria Vanderbilt died last year.

Wyatt is Anderson’s first child … Congrats!!

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Mister Rogers Told Co-Star Don’t Come Out as Gay, and Marry a Woman

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Mister Rogers Told Co-Star Don't Come Out as Gay, and Marry a Woman

(TMZ) — “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” was no place for gay people … so says one of the stars.

Francois Clemmons, who played Officer Clemmons from 1968 – 1995, says in his new memoir, Fred Rogers got wind of the fact Clemmons was gay, pulled him aside and said, “Franc, you have talents and gifts that set you apart and above the crowd. Someone has informed us that you were seen at the local gay bar downtown. Now, I want you to know, Franc, that if you’re gay, it doesn’t matter to me at all.”

And, then the other shoe dropped … “Whatever you say and do is fine with me, but if you’re going to be on the show as an important member of the ‘Neighborhood,’ you can’t be out as gay.”

Clemmons told People Rogers told him secrecy was the only way … “You must do this Francois … because it threatens my dream,” adding, “I was destroyed. The man who was killing me had also saved me. He was my executioner and deliverer. But, at the same time, I knew that he would know how to comfort me.”

According to Clemmons, whose memoir is titled, “Officer Clemmons,” Rogers also told him the audience didn’t care who he was sleeping with … “especially if it’s a man.”

And, there’s more … according to Clemmons, Rogers urged him to marry a woman, and he obliged. Clemmons married La-Tanya Mae Sheridan. They divorced in 1974 and later Clemmons came out.

He says he forgives the legendary TV host … “Lord have mercy, yes. I forgive him. More than that, I understand. I relied on the fact that this was his dream. He had worked so hard for it. I knew Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood was his whole life.”

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