GETTIN’ IT SEASON: OCTOBER IN NEW ORLEANS

I went down to New Orleans … well, the truth is that Johnny Five and Bouffant Bouffant, my gay children, were DJing the Tulle Time Endless Gaycation Ball – but I also went down because I hadn’t been home since I moved to San Francisco last year.

This piece starts with a photo of me in booger drag. I’m performing at Priapus, a drag extravaganza that happened at the same time as Endless Gaycation. I definitely know why I did that performance. A, to liberate myself. You grow up when you do drag, you connect with people in a different way. B, I also performed in that show because of the controversy that was going on with Endless Gaycation. The festival was going through a year of talk about what belonged where. My one rule about myself and how I do things is that I belong everywhere, and so does everyone else. And I wanted to belong everywhere and go everywhere, so that’s what I did.

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Photo by Sarrah Danzinger

October is the best month in New Orleans, in most people’s opinion. In the beginning of October you get a cool breeze – which actually feels like what’s happening in SF right now, but down there it’s a big relief to the folks. It’s the first month of our gettin’ it season. This photo is of Shane Shane, a gay rapper. She real real real gay. She gives you everything in the most of all of it.

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Photo by Courtney Webster

That’s Liquid Nails by the bayou, sitting nasty swampy with some dubs.

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Photo by Sarrah Danzinger

As my baby Zigga in this photo shows, there’s a unique twist to how you end up putting something together in New Orleans. It’s pretty much really getting into character. It goes past what you put on, it goes down to your character. Just like in this photo, Zigga is just precious. That boy is like a gazelle in a foggy desert.

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Photo by Sarrah Danzinger

Zigga and this ghost are from the Everything Collective. There’s pretty much every shade of everything in that crew. Once they collaborate you’ll find them immersed in each other’s energy. That’s why, when you see them walking down the street, it looks like a photoshoot, everything is down pat.

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Photo by Sarrah Danzinger

This was the Ghost Parade. Parades are what sets New Orleans from the major cities in the rest of the United States. There’s always a purpose for a parade, and parades always bring more purposes. Everyone runs out of their house to see what’s coming down the street. If you just moved there, a parade can be a beautiful surprise, and you can meet people and just second line down the street with them.

New Orleans, especially around Halloween, gets taken over by this eerie, magical, kind of spooky energy. So it’s the most perfect place for Halloween. It’s a good time to go down there. Book that ticket. You’ll find a place to crash.

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Photo courtesy Miss Ross

This is Birding in Wigs, a queer orinthology event that was part of Endless Gaycation and took place in the Couterie forest. My gay wife Miss Ross runs it. She’s about to be going to school for birding, I think. She loves to wake up early in the morning and go bird watching. Every time we’re in the car and going somewhere she just wants to pull out that … what’s it called? The pocket guide to the birds? Anyway, my baby likes birding. This event is really early in the am. Wigs are mandatory, she even brings some for you. She’s also a pleasure. You will find more than one thing to enjoy about Miss Ross.

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Photo by Courtney Webster

My homegirl KB giving by-donation stick and pokes at Chez Gay, Endless Gaycation’s pop-up salon that was at Cajun’s, a Marigne neighborhood bar. People also were doing nails, and there were costume supplies. This was before Tulle Time, the pageant.

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Photos by Sarrah Danzinger

In New Orleans, you end up being best friends with someone new really quickly. And it will be outside when the sun is going down … it’s just the perfect setting for some type of love, whether it’s platonic or romantic. Shared energies. Blending. Like a gumbo. OH MY GOD THAT’S SO CUTE THOUGH

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Akrum Salem is the father of New Orleans’ House of Broel. He cooks, throws the Peacock club in Nola, gives massage, hugs, and is happy to tell you about the last time a daddy shit on him. Find him on Instagram for instant good vibes.

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