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Get Out! GAY Magazine – Issue 525

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TOP 10<br />

DJ DAVID<br />

MICHAEL<br />

Facebook /davidmichaelnyc<br />

Instagram @djdavidmichaelnyc<br />

SoundCloud /djdavidmichaelnyc<br />

CURRENT<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

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5<br />

6<br />

7<br />

8<br />

9<br />

10<br />

BONGOS (BRUCE WAINE<br />

‘COOLIE RIDDIM’ EDIT)<br />

CARDI B, MEGAN THEE STALLION<br />

DESIRE (CEDRIC GERVAIS CLUB<br />

MIX) CALVIN HARRIS, SAM SMITH<br />

DRINKIN’<br />

JOEL CORRY, MK, RITA ORA<br />

ENERGY (JACOB GROSSE REMIX)<br />

BEYONCÉ, BEAM<br />

GREEDY (FUNKYMIX BY MARK<br />

ROBERTS) TATE MCRAE<br />

I’M NOT A GIRL, NOT YET A<br />

WOMAN (SNAKEHIPS REMIX)<br />

BRITNEY SPEARS<br />

ONE MARGARITA<br />

THAT CHICK ANGEL, CASA DI,<br />

STEVE TERRELL<br />

PAINT THE TOWN RED<br />

(LIKETHIS & WESTGAARD<br />

REMIX)DOJA CAT<br />

TENSION DEEP DOWN (AU-<br />

TONE MASHUP) KYLIE MINOGUE<br />

VS. ALOK, KENNY DOPE, NEVER DULL<br />

WATER (ANOTHER JAMES<br />

REMIX) TYLA<br />

THROWBACK<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

5<br />

6<br />

7<br />

8<br />

9<br />

10<br />

BARBIE GIRL (GHOSTBUSTERZ MIX)<br />

AQUA<br />

CRAZY IN LOVE (STEPH SEROUSSI<br />

REWORK) BEYONCÉ<br />

JUST DANCE (J BRUUS REMIX)<br />

LADY GAGA<br />

JUST FINE (MOTO BLANCO CLUB<br />

MIX) MARY J. BLIGE<br />

MUSIC (JAMES NASH ‘LOLA’S<br />

THEME’ EDIT) MADONNA VS. THE<br />

SHAPESHIFTERS<br />

TIK TOK (J BRUUS REMIX)<br />

KESHA<br />

TOXIC<br />

BRITNEY SPEARS<br />

WAITING FOR TONIGHT<br />

JENNIFER LOPEZ<br />

WHEN I GROW UP (JUNIOR CALDE-<br />

RA CLUB MIX) THE PUSSYCAT DOLLS<br />

WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN (MCMX &<br />

RALPHYMOTION MASHUP)<br />

RIHANNA VS. CAVI<br />

Weekly Appearances:<br />

Tuesdays - CURTAINS UP! at The Monster 9pm-11pm<br />

Wednesdays - THE ASSASSINS at Balcon Salon 10pm-2am<br />

Fridays - Stonewall & The Ritz<br />

Saturdays - SPUNK at The Monster 9pm-4am<br />

Follow my social media for announcements.


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ISSUE #<strong>525</strong><br />

COVER:<br />

IRENE MICHAELS<br />

PHOTO CREDIT:<br />

PATRICK COATES<br />

PUBLISHER MICHAEL TODD<br />

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BY BEN NELSON<br />

PHOTOS BY: CHADWICK FOWLER<br />

DRAG RACE CHAMP<br />

TRAVIS SHUMAKE LIVES LIFE ON THE FAST TRACK<br />

“People cannot wrap their heads around<br />

drag racing being something that is not<br />

drag queen related,” reflects NHRA racer<br />

Travis Shumake.<br />

PHOTOS BY: SADIE GLEEN<br />

He has the distinction of being the fastest<br />

gay driver in motorsports history, and last<br />

month, Travis Shumake took several steps<br />

in his journey to being the first openly-gay<br />

owner of a major American motorsports<br />

team. He purchased his own hot rod (that<br />

he named Judith Light!), as well as a truck<br />

and race hauler, and moved into a race shop<br />

space in Brownsburg, Indiana.<br />

Home for Shumake remains NYC. He and<br />

his partner Daryl moved here five years ago<br />

and love that they can eat dinner at Arriba<br />

Arriba, finish a bottle of wine at Elmo and<br />

even dance at Hush without ever being<br />

recognized. We spoke with Travis Shumake<br />

from his apartment in the financial district.<br />

INTERVIEW<br />

Hello, Travis. Congratulations on<br />

being named the fastest LGBTQ+<br />

driver in motorsports history!<br />

My sport is the fastest, by almost<br />

100 MPH. It takes 24 NASCAR<br />

engines or 12 Formula One engines<br />

to match the power of my single<br />

engine.<br />

Who did you beat out?<br />

The next fastest driver would be<br />

Zach Herrin, who races at around<br />

200 MPH, so 120 MPH less than<br />

my 319 MPH record.


Is there a camaraderie between LGBTQ+<br />

racers?<br />

There are different forms of racing and<br />

motorsports around the world. There’s<br />

Formula 1, IndyCar, NASCAR, and NHRA<br />

drag racing, which I am a part of. We help<br />

each other out. I help other racers with<br />

sponsorship materials and I share outreach<br />

strategies and ideas for their social medias.<br />

It’s amazing to have friends to talk to who are<br />

experiencing the same challenges on and off<br />

the track.<br />

What are some of the challenges?<br />

The biggest hurdle is the sponsors. There is<br />

a lot of lip service to the LGBTQ+ community<br />

when it comes to corporate spending.<br />

As a gay man, do you feel welcome in<br />

racing?<br />

For a lot of folks, I’m their introduction to the gay<br />

community. I was protested by the Westboro<br />

Baptist Church last year. That raised a lot of<br />

eyebrows, but didn’t bother me at all. I asked if<br />

I could keep the signs! My fellow competitors<br />

understand the value I bring to the growth of our<br />

sport. While they may not agree politically, they<br />

support me being there.<br />

Did your being gay play a role in your<br />

decision to become a team owner?<br />

When I was told by my previous team owner<br />

that I needed to tone down the gay and stop<br />

using my signature rainbow parachutes, it lit a<br />

fire in me like never before. I felt like Elle Woods<br />

in Legally Blonde: “I’ll show you how valuable<br />

Elle Woods can be!” and I stomped out of the<br />

race shop. Now, as the first openly gay owner<br />

of a major American motorsports team, I can do<br />

whatever I want for the LGBTQ+ community.<br />

I can auction off experiences for non-profits, I<br />

can bring the dragster to Pride events, I can hire<br />

LGBTQ+ crew members, I can be sponsored by<br />

Gun Oil…It’s my ship now, baby!<br />

You named your car Judith Light. Does<br />

that make you the Danny Pintauro of the<br />

raceway?<br />

I guess it does! Everyone names their cars<br />

something stupid like “El Guapo” or “Terminator<br />

5.” Judith popped up on an episode of Poker<br />

Face and I knew instantly it was my new<br />

dragster’s name. Ms. Light is an icon and she<br />

uses her power and influence to support the<br />

LGBTQ+ community, as I plan to do.<br />

Follow Travis on Instagram @Travieshu<br />

Motorsports is a three-trilliondollar<br />

industry and, looking<br />

to 2024, I am currently<br />

completely unsponsored.<br />

I have a sports agent, a<br />

publicist, everything a straight<br />

guy would have to get<br />

sponsors and I have yet to<br />

crack the door open on a big<br />

corporate check. Motorsports<br />

sponsors don’t want to take<br />

a risk on pissing off their<br />

consumer base by putting<br />

their name on my car. Thanks,<br />

Bud Light!<br />

PHOTOS BY: CHADWICK FOWLER


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PHOTO CREDIT PATRICK COATES<br />

BY SUZANNE TRIPALDI<br />

IRENE MICHAELS<br />

REACHING FOR THE STARS<br />

Irene Michaels has been entertaining people throughout her life for over<br />

six decades. As a lifelong participant in the entertainment industry, she<br />

has danced, modeled, authored books, shared lifestyle and life-changing<br />

beauty secrets, and acted. She is renowned for her recurring role as<br />

a nurse in the celebrated soap opera “General Hospital” and has also<br />

appeared in movies, including the cult film “Killer Klowns From <strong>Out</strong>er<br />

Space,” “Home Alone 2,” and “Mahogany,” to name just a few.<br />

Most recently, Irene has shifted her focus to singing, writing, and recording<br />

music, with a particular emphasis on House Music. Her song “I Like Rain,”<br />

released via the iconic record label Trax, has earned her a Josie Award,<br />

and her latest pop recording, “What the World Needs Now,” is under<br />

consideration for a Grammy. She is also on the Grammy Ballot for Best<br />

New Artist. <strong>Get</strong> <strong>Out</strong> reached out to Irene for a heartfelt conversation...


Hi, Irene! What inspired you<br />

to begin your house music<br />

journey, and why never<br />

before this during your<br />

career?<br />

The music scene has always<br />

been a huge part of my life. I<br />

enjoy writing my own songs<br />

and singing covers. A few<br />

years ago, my band, Our<br />

House, began performing live<br />

at some of the best known<br />

cabaret and jazz venues<br />

throughout Chicagoland. At<br />

some point, I was approached<br />

by Rachael Cain, owner of TRAX<br />

Records, with an intriguing opportunity<br />

to dip my toe in the House Music genre.<br />

While it was certainly not an obvious path<br />

for me, she was convinced that I would be<br />

great, so I took my best shot! And, to my<br />

happy surprise, I just love it! Sometimes<br />

life takes you down a different path than<br />

you expected, and I have found that if I<br />

am open to trying new things, life really is<br />

amazing, and I live every day to its fullest<br />

on and off the stage.<br />

What is it that attracts you to house<br />

music?<br />

Being a dancer my whole life, my body is<br />

in tune with the rhythm and beat of music.<br />

Performing house music makes me<br />

want to dance and brings me back<br />

to my younger years. I love being<br />

a woman my age and having the<br />

energy and flexibility to move and<br />

groove with the best of them.<br />

What other genres of music are<br />

you exploring as a singer and<br />

why?<br />

I am interested in a certain sound<br />

more than a genre per se. Lately,<br />

I’ve also been doing some detailed<br />

research on Stevie Nicks and why<br />

so many loved her sound…which is<br />

unusual. Also, Joni Mitchell. I love<br />

the earthy type!<br />

Knowing what you know now,<br />

what advice would you give to<br />

baby Irene?<br />

I was a very active and adventurous<br />

baby. Let’s just say I kept my mom<br />

very busy. My favorite place to play<br />

was in our pantry. I would put every<br />

single pot on my head and parade<br />

around the house, complete with<br />

a spoon and fork serving as my<br />

instrument.<br />

PHOTO CREDIT BILLY HESS


My natural tendency to be<br />

a part of the social scene<br />

started around age six.<br />

I used to disappear out<br />

the front door and go for<br />

a walk by myself, talking<br />

to all the neighbors as if I<br />

was interviewing them and<br />

my mother would have to<br />

come and find me. And, If<br />

I wasn’t doing that, I was<br />

playing dress up or running<br />

my own lemonade stand.<br />

I craved adventure and<br />

exploring new things. I have<br />

remained that way my entire<br />

life. Sometimes, it means I<br />

want to do too much at the<br />

same time. That can be a<br />

good thing and a curse...So,<br />

my advice to my younger<br />

self would be to slow down<br />

just a tad and really focus<br />

on one thing at a time. Keep<br />

that love of adventure, but<br />

try to enjoy each minute a<br />

little more before moving<br />

onto the next.<br />

Where do you hope your<br />

music career will take<br />

you?<br />

I would love for the world to<br />

hear my music and share<br />

my love for this amazing<br />

form of expression. I plan<br />

to continue recording and<br />

performing for as long as I<br />

can. One day, my dream is<br />

to win a Grammy award!<br />

Aside from music, you<br />

have other interests and<br />

careers. Please fill us in.<br />

You may not know this,<br />

but I am an accomplished<br />

equestrian, having ridden<br />

and competed most of<br />

my life. Still to this day,<br />

spending a day at the barn<br />

with my horse is one of<br />

my greatest pleasures.<br />

I also enjoy working the<br />

red carpet, being a part<br />

of the social scene, and<br />

supporting many charitable<br />

organizations. Lastly, but<br />

certainly not least, I love to<br />

travel all over the world with<br />

my husband and experience<br />

the different cultures. Seeing<br />

new things and learning<br />

more about the world<br />

around me is extremely<br />

valuable to me.<br />

What artist or artists are<br />

you currently influenced<br />

by musically?<br />

There are many artists that<br />

have influenced me. Some<br />

you may not have even<br />

heard of; however, the top<br />

four are Judy Garland, Lady<br />

Gaga, Barbra Streisand,<br />

and Dolly Parton.<br />

What do you admire<br />

most about the LGBTQ<br />

audience?<br />

The freedom to be creative<br />

and have fun during a<br />

performance. The fact that<br />

nothing is off limits inspires<br />

me to really get into the<br />

music and connect with<br />

the crowd. And, of course,<br />

being an arbiter of style<br />

and fashion throughout<br />

my life, their personal flair<br />

and unique viewpoints are<br />

a valuable addition to the<br />

world of entertainment.<br />

What is new on the<br />

horizon?<br />

I have been nominated for<br />

awards for my cover of the<br />

iconic anthem, What the<br />

World Needs Now is Love,<br />

by Jackie DeShannon. I will<br />

be performing more shows<br />

nationally and even globally;<br />

shows are in the works for<br />

London in early 2024. I’d<br />

very much like to tour the<br />

gay clubs in NYC, LA and<br />

Chicago, perhaps judge a<br />

drag show in each of those<br />

cities--I have some plans for<br />

Pride 2024. There are some<br />

more things in the works<br />

that I am very excited about,<br />

but the details are still being<br />

ironed out, so stay tuned!


LADY CLOVER HONEY BRINGS<br />

DRAG AND HORROR TOGETHER<br />

HORRIFYING, BUT STILL FABULOUS<br />

PHOTOS BY: DANA BRYAN<br />

Horror film monsters, serial slashers<br />

and villains do not have to always be<br />

masculine. The new indie, horror short<br />

film DRAG TO DEATH is proof of this<br />

in a very off-the-wall way! DRAG TO<br />

DEATH, written by and starring drag<br />

performer Clover Welsh, will have its<br />

world premiere on Wednesday November<br />

15th at RockBar, 185 Christopher Street,<br />

New York City at 9 PM. This will follow the<br />

FINAL EXAM Horror Trivia event hosted by<br />

FANGORIA horror and cult magazine at 7<br />

PM on the same night. DRAG TO DEATH<br />

will also be broadcast by the TV series<br />

RYAN REPORTING on MNN, Manhattan<br />

Neighborhood Network cable station, while<br />

being globally streamed on MNN Culture<br />

Channel 4 on November 27th at 10 PM.


The plot involves a drag queen who gets<br />

someone to impersonate her to provide a<br />

false alibi when murdering her husband.<br />

But makeup can’t mask the horrors in heels<br />

that unfold. “Horror and drag work very<br />

well together” says Welsh, who also goes<br />

by the name Lady Clover Honey. “Both are<br />

outrageous, campy, over-the-top and aren’t<br />

afraid to go beyond the viewers’ comfort<br />

level.” DRAG TO DEATH gets inspiration<br />

from ALL ABOUT EVE, DRESSED TO KILL<br />

and obviously (when you see Welsh’s<br />

breasts) ELVIRA’S HAUNTED HILLS.<br />

Cross-dressing and gender nonconforming<br />

characters have been part of<br />

the horror genre since PSYCHO in 1960.<br />

And continuing with HOMICIDAL, THE<br />

COMEBACK, DRESSED TO KILL, TERROR<br />

TRAIN, DEADLY BLESSING, SLEEPAWAY<br />

CAMP and others. Also worth mentioning<br />

are the infamous horror drag personas<br />

in Ryan Murphy’s AMERICAN HORROR<br />

STORY<strong>–</strong>HOTEL, Charles Busch’s DIE,<br />

MOMMY DIE, Lloyd Kaufman’s TERROR<br />

FIRMER and most notably, THE ROCKY<br />

HORROR PICTURE SHOW.<br />

Appearing in DRAG TO DEATH is<br />

filmmaker/journalist/actor Jed Ryan<br />

(LAVENDER AFTER DARK), who previously<br />

collaborated with Welsh on the awardwinning<br />

comedy short film MODEST MALE<br />

EXPOSURE, a mockumentary about public<br />

nudity. Actors Ryan Wolowaki and Anu<br />

Singh, who also appeared in MODEST<br />

MALE EXPOSURE, are again with Welsh<br />

and Ryan in DRAG TO DEATH. Wolowski<br />

also brings us RYAN REPORTING, an<br />

event/nightlife TV series on Manhattan<br />

Neighborhood Network since 2006.<br />

Also in the cast is Gladiola Gladrags,<br />

known for being a Sister of Perpetual<br />

Indulgence who was in MORE TALES OF<br />

THE CITY. Rounding out the cast are Ike<br />

Avelli (LOOSE LIPS), Wendy Stuart (IF<br />

THESE WALLS COULD TALK) and Tym<br />

Moss (LOOSE LIPS and IF THESE WALLS<br />

COULD TALK), who are actors as well as<br />

comedians and talk-show hosts. Avelli and<br />

Moss additionally bring us the renowned<br />

live comedy/variety cabaret showcase 50<br />

SHADES OF <strong>GAY</strong>. Stuart is also the author<br />

of the best-selling memoir SHE’S THE<br />

LAST MODEL STANDING.<br />

DRAG TO DEATH has cinematography,<br />

editing, graphics and F/X by Dana Bryan,<br />

aka Brian Brennan, who is known as the<br />

creator of the original Latino Fan Club,<br />

male adult entertainment videos. Bryan<br />

and Welsh also recently created ATTACK<br />

OF THE AMAZING COLOSSAL STUD, a<br />

sci-fi, horror parody with Welsh in drag<br />

introducing a classic story with archival<br />

Fan Club footage. COLOSSAL STUD<br />

contains no penetration or sex acts, but<br />

has nudity, comedy and larger-than-life<br />

visuals.<br />

DRAG TO DEATH, filmed in New York City<br />

and Jersey City, provides entertainment<br />

to thrill-seeking horror fans, as well as<br />

cult, comedy, underground film and drag<br />

aficionados.<br />

Photo Credit: Dana Bryan<br />

Actors in the Pics are:<br />

Clover Welsh with Drag to Death title graphic<br />

Gladiola Gladrags (being choked with boa)<br />

Clover Welsh<br />

Jed Ryan (dead in blood)<br />

Ike Avelli with Clover Welsh<br />

Tym Moss (falling)<br />

Wendy Stuart<br />

Anu Singh and Clover Welsh<br />

Ryan Wolowski, Anu Singh, Clover Welsh,<br />

Gladiola Gladrags, Tym Moss, Ike Avelli


FIFTH ANNIVERSARY SHOW<br />

NOVEMBER 15TH

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