MATTACHINE "Thank Julius' for Gay Bars. Literally."

This from John Cameron Mitchell & PJ DeBoy:


PJ DeBoy, John Cameron Mitchell, and Julius' invite you to...

MATTACHINE

Julius' is one of the oldest bars in NYC, dating back to 1867. It was named Julius' after Prohibition and still retains its gorgeous '50's charcoal decor. Why hasn't the space been converted into a Ralph Lauren outlet like every other mom-and-pop in the West Village? Because the owner of the building recognizes it as a landmark. A little-known but important milestone in gay history took place there, one that paved the way for the Stonewall Rebellion. On April 21, 1966, (three years to the day after John's birthday ironically. Or not.) the Mattachine Society staged the first civil rights "sip-in". At the time, it was illegal to serve alcohol to "known homosexuals." A group of immaculately-suited men bellied up to Julius' bar and declared, "We are homosexuals and we demand to be served." (a line immortalized by Justin Bond most nights.) Fred MacDarrah captured the historic moment on the slice of celluloid featured on our flyer. (If you look closely you'll recognize key activist Paul Dawson.)

Knowing our crew, Thursday February 7th (9pm on) will likely be known as the first "gulp-in". So put on your high-heeled sneakers, put your toupee on your head and march on down to Julius' for some turntable action by John Cameron "Dear Tic" Mitchell, Amber Martin and PJ DeBoy, spinning hits for queer ears from bygone years. There might just be some special guests who hail from the fateful night!

Oh, did I mention the amazing burgers and cheap drinks?

Love from PJ and JCM

Special thanks to Paul Dawson, Daniel Nardicio, Tom Bernandin, Gary Gura and everyone at Julius'!
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Hattie and I were there that night. Hattie looked great in that blue seer sucker suit. I think I wore a navy blue double breasted jacket and slacks. And Daddy was supposed to meet us but I later found out that he had gone to The Gaiety
Burlesque in Times Square with Truman and Tennessee.
Here we go again.
The last one was amazing!

Return to MATTACHINE...

Continuing to span the intergenerational gay chasm, MATTACHINE is back with less than ever! No bouncers, no drag hosts, no performances, no 80's music, no drink tickets, no cover and no bad hamburgers. Socializing has never felt so fiercely adequate! With vinyl grooves from John "Dear Tic" Mitchell, the lovely Amber Martin, and "that rimjob guy from Shortbus," this month promises to be even more stripped-down than last. Just try and keep your pants on this time. So traipse on down to Julius' on Thursday, March 6th, and help bridge the gap between queer yesteryear and the gayest future you can imagine!

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I remember the Mattachine Society Daddy. Jim Forratt and I used to go to their meetings in D.C. back in '68. The entire GLF ( Gay Liberation Front) from the gay commune in D.C. were determined to bring them down as we thought that they were old school and that we were the next wave. And then Stonewall happened and it was party, party, party from then on. All the rest after that is a total blur.

Hatches?
Last night was amazing.
Thurdays have gotten got a lot funner lately.
Besides the Thursday party at Nowhere (which is fab) there is now MATTACHINE once a month.
And last night, just around the corner at "The Stonewall" Sweetie christened her new weekly drag fest "RIOT".
She open with a birthday party for Motherboards Grand Dame Hattie Hathaway and served us performances by Miss Ginger, Glen Marla, Wonder Robbie and an invisible Holly Woodlawn as well as her own set (I remember at least 3 costume changes!!!)

Both places were so packed that we really needed the half a block between the two parties for smoking and extra room.

Click here for pics of RIOT !

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My hats off to the DJ... the music had the feeling of "Arthur" (the club-- remember Bobby?) Even though it wasn't strictly vintage. Beautiful--the whole thing. The definitely vintage bartender and the ghost of Wade Barker manning the burger stand! And I must have one of those woven walls!

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