One Hundred Fifty-Five.
Wednesday, 2012.06.27, 10:42 AM CST.
performed at Tulsa Pride 2012! (Includes setlist.)
Current Mood: A little tired but
Current Scent: Eau Sauvage Extrême by Christian Dior.
little earlier this year, I was approached about doing a DJ performance
at Tulsa Pride.
before you jump in and say, "But Badger, that's a gay pride festival
- I didn't know you were gay!," please allow me to explain.
it is primarily known as a "gay pride" thing, Tulsa Pride
is a lot more than that. It's not strictly for the gay community.
It's mainly a gigantic, spectacular party at which people of
all orientations - gay, bi, hetero, transgender, etc. - can get together.
It is an inclusive, open event at which everyone is welcome, as long
as you're not there to stir up trouble.
to clear up any misconceptions... I'm not gay. Going back
as far as high school, there have been rumours that I was gay (mainly
due to my style of dress, my musical preferences, and my eventually
abnormal amount of knowledge about such topics as neckties, varieties
of male fragrances, and "Project: Runway")... but I've actually
been heterosexual the whole time. (I've often referred to myself
as a "flaming metrosexual.")
that being said, I have very close gay friends, and I support gay marriage
and the extension of insurance benefits to gay spouses. I'm what's
known as a "straight ally" in the LGBT community.
My setup, a little
bit before showtime.
my performance at Tulsa Pride, I was situated inside the "Liquor
Lounge," located across the way from the big outside stage where
they were having the drag shows and whatnot, hosted by Pandora Boxx,
a contestant from season two of "RuPaul's Drag Race."
(I didn't get to meet Pandora, but I heard that she was great.)
this performance, the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center provided the PA
system and lighting. I just brought the turntables, mixer, CD
decks, music, etc. I had been asked to provide remixes of recent
top 40 music - basically a pop-oriented club performance, with some
classics thrown in. I dug into my remix arsenal (as well as a
slew of new remixes that I'd been purchasing recently!) and
turned out a great set - FOUR HOURS of dance music! The room was
just about completely packed at a couple of points.
click here for the setlist from my Tulsa Pride 2012 performance.
this was my first time attending Tulsa Pride, I wasn't sure what to
expect... but it was quite nice. Quite a few friends showed up,
and it was interesting seeing the different costumes. (The BIG
black dude in the American flag dress and the tiara was probably the
most elabourate that I saw.) It was a major honour to be selected
for Tulsa Pride 2012, and I am hoping to be chosen for the Liquor Lounge
again next year.
I still reserve the right to describe Alexander Skarsgård from
"True Blood" as "hunky," from a purely heterosexual
point of view, of course. *ahem*