Did Justin Bond Get Trans-Bashed By The NYT? // Alegria’s Next Stage // The Urge For Liquor

The week in gay gossip.
December 28, 2012

(Justin Vivian Bond)

Justin Vivian Bond is firing back at a nasty and vaguely hostile review of V’s holiday show, Snow Angel, in the New York Times. Writer Stephen Holden’s review appeared in the paper’s December 24 issue, calling the show “caustically sarcastic” and describing Bond as “eager to offend.” But it was Holden’s erroneous reference to Bond’s “self-described freakishness” in particular that lead the performer to wonder if V had been “hate crimed”-ed by the Times. “I never called myself a freak during the show,” Bond wrote on V’s blog, “but with his twisted worldview Mr. Holden translated my observations about the ‘nature vs. nurture’ argument and my open and direct discussion of my life as a transperson and my queer identity as ‘self-described freakishness’. I do not have a problem with the use of the word ‘freak’ but when it is used as a tool to pave the way for a blatantly transphobic personal attack cloaked as a ‘critique’ it gives me pause.” Bond goes on to eviscerate Holden’s “violent language toward gender variant performers.” We saw the show and thought it was brilliant, particularly Bond’s dressing down of a recent assertion by none other than Holden himself that cabaret was experiencing a crisis of masculinity. “An absence is not a crisis,” V quipped, quoting a friend. Seems to us that beyond being simply out of touch with contemporary cabaret, as Bond, suggests, Holden is also nursing something of a personal grudge! 

The Urge
As we’re sure you’re aware, The Urge is looking to move from Second Avenue’s dwindling gay bar strip to Avenue B. The building’s owner is converting the space into condos, so there goes the gayborhood! Of course, in order for The Urge to stay in business, the bar needs a liquor license, so the owners are petitioning the New York State Liquor Authority. We’d hate to see another East Village gay bar bite the dust, so start clicking, signing and spreading!

Stage is Set For Alegria
Christmas came a little early for Ric Sena and the Alegria crew. The roving circuit party has found a new home at Stage 48, the city’s newest mega club. It seems the owners approached Sena and co. back in October, and now Alegria will be the venue’s exclusive gay event. To celebrate, they’re throwing a very special one-off next month: Alegria New York takes over Stage 48’s Saturday night slot for one night only on January 26!