Queen of the Kingdom
By Noah Michelson
Well, now there are organized events and parties, so we have other opportunities to spot each other, but red is still the most effective.
What do you mean by organized events?
Well, part of what makes Gay Days so fabulous is that we have all of these events within the parks that you wouldn’t experience any other day. So aside from just being there and feeling like you’re in the majority instead of the minority, we actually schedule things to make the day different from any other. There are scavenger hunts, a group photo, a single riders gathering, a lesbian ice cream social, a family luncheon, a bears romp in the water, all kinds of stuff.
I go to the Orlando event every year and I never see any of that kind of thing. The only thing that seems especially organized are the circuit parties.
Well, my experience in Orlando is exactly like yours. So when we founded Gay Days here, we wanted to bring some of what we loved about the Orlando event, but we also wanted it to feel more inclusive to more of the community. So we have two big parties, Wonderland (which benefits The Trevor Project) and Kingdom, but we have a lot of other stuff, too, for the people who don’t love go-go boys and booze.
For those of us who DO love go-go boys and booze, tell me about Kingdom.
It’s fantastic, if I do say so myself. DJ Kimberly S. will be spinning, we’ll have drag queen Disney divas, the go-go boys will be outfitted by UnderGear, Alec Mapa and Bruce Vilanch are hosting, and there will be live performances from Stacey Q. and, in a bit of Disney synergy, Eden Espinosa.
You mean the chick with the huge belt from Wicked and Rent on Broadway?
Yup, but before she starred in those, she was a Disneyland performer and more recently, she recorded all of the vocals used in the current fireworks show, Magical.
How do the straight people react when they show up and realize that it’s Gay Days?
Well, I know for a fact that you’ve witnessed reactions that run the gambit. We have seen people storm City Hall demanding their money back and we’ve gotten mail from straight people telling us how much fun they find Gay Days and wanting to return.
What about straight people who accidentally wear red?
They get a lot of extra attention!
Do families attend?
If by families you mean parents and kids, then yes. But remember that a huge element of the gay community is the notion of “family of choice.” Gay Days lets us all freely enjoy America’s family destination with our families, no matter what they look like.
Hey, don’t you usually do readings from my book at your little event?
Actually, you usually do the readings. But you aren’t doing one this year. People can get their copies signed at the Gay Days Info Center, though.
The Info Center?
Oh yeah. It’s at the Grand Californian Hotel. We have free gift bags for everyone and you can pick up the official Gay Days shirt and pin. And, of course, info.
What if you want your info before the event? Shouldn’t you go out and buy Queens in the Kingdom?
Well, you could. But you can get all the event info you want at GayDaysAnaheim.com.
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