New York City is becoming more of a place for business and not for play. In the gay nightlife scene, you will catch people standing around waiting to be approached. Owners of these clubs find new ways to make a profit with a business rather than making it fun for their continuing patrons. People are declaring nightlife to be dead. The Pulse Orlando misfortune really broke my heart when I heard about it.
I really hope for this film to develop a conversation about POC, gay life because for so long our community has been ignored and shut off.
The untold story of black and Latino gay club culture
DL men are super messy. Purveyors of the early music scene like DJs Grasso and Nicky Siano to Larry Levan and Frankie Knuckles helped to shepherd music through the disco-drenched dance floors of gay clubs. Even more than white gays, who have slowly begun to find wider acceptance in the mainstream, LGBT people of colour have faced struggle beyond comprehension. Throughout my personal experience of meeting a lot of DL men, I usually do see them in the brown skin communities more than the whites. I honestly do not know why. Mainstream media does not want to recognise us for reasons I am not sure of. It is so important that we see this type of representation in order for us to feel included.
What do you hope to accomplish with this documentary? Nightlife is part of the foundation of gay culture. To further complicate things, these LGBT spaces are quickly disappearing. Of course, clubs are also problematic. Everyone is entitled to search for what they want to find in the club and I hope they find it. Gay people literally run mainstream media. When I call white gay men DL, they disassociate themselves from the term.