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Miss DeeLicious is crowned 45th Miss Gay Rochester

Miss DeeLicious

Miss DeeLicious became Miss Gay Rochester 2018 on Nov. 12 at Harro East.

The fabulous Aggy Dune hosted, and Miss Gay Rochester 2017, Veronica Lace, was honored.

Mrs. Kasha Davis celebrated her 10th anniversary, and Michelle Paris marked her 40th. Some former Miss Gay Rochesters performed, including Maya Douglas, Keke Velasquez-Lorde, Tiffany Love, Samantha Vega, V’ta St. James and Tasha Brooks.

A queer City Council is just the beginning for Palm Springs

According to Neal Broverman on The Advocate: …The roaring success of Palm Springs may be its willingness to adapt to changing times, evolving from a Hollywood playground to an LGBT retirement community and now an increasingly hip destination that welcomes all sexualities, gender identities, and ages. Where small resorts were once squarely aimed at either gay men or lesbians, now you’ll find a mingling of everyone, so a pool party at Ace will bring young trans, no-binary, bisexual, queer, lesbian, and gay revelers all at once. In fact, the year-round population of Palm Springs is thought to be over 50 percent LGBT-identified. The city made national news this month when residents elected a trans woman and a bisexual woman to its city council, effectively making P.S.’s leadership completely queer.

While gay destinations like Provincetown and Fire Island feel mostly unchanged from decades past, one would hardly recognize downtown P.S. from its ’80s incarnation. Recent openings of younger-skewing hotels — like The Hard Rock and the Kimpton Rowan Palm Springs — are cementing the hipster day-party vibe first established by the Saguaro and Ace, which opened last decade. …

That’s not to say that predominately straight events, like the summer pool party known as Splash House, … .are chasing away queer visitors. Quite the contrary, small gay hotels proliferate all over the desert. The website for the Small Hotel Group, a collective of local properties, features at least 15 resorts catering to gay and bi men: everything from the beautiful mid-century INNdulge resort and the hyper-specific Bearfoot Inn, to the massive All Worlds Resort, where guests let it all hang out at the clothing-optional pool.

The queer nightlife on Arenas Road, the city’s micro-gayborhood, is bumping, with two new hotspots packing them in. Chill bar is popular with the city’s 20-, 30-, and 40- somethings, while Blackbook is even luring some hetero folks with disco fries and a whiskey wall.

It’s certainly a mixed crowd that’s flocking to the city’s three drag brunches. At The Hard Rock, guests get treated to Adele, as interpreted by Ariel Trampway (a queen named for the city’s famous mountain-side transportation system). At Rio Azul and Georgie’s Alibi Azul restaurants, patrons plunk down 20 bucks or so for some hearty grub and a side of pop perfection….

-Read the full article on The Advocate

Rochester community mourns Jim Goff

Jim Goff

The Rochester community has lost a much-loved member, Jim Goff, who passed away on Sept. 26 after a long struggle.

Jim, “a gentle and peaceful man with great wit,” is survived by his loving husband Brian Hurlburt and many family members. A memorial service was held for Jim on Oct. 21 at the First Unitarian Church.

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