Is Halloween a gay holiday?
Some of my best times and some of my gayest times have been spent with friends on Halloween night. I don’t think that is enough to make it a “gay high holy day” as one of my friends referred to it. I was at four gay clubs in Calgary on Saturday night. There were costumes at all except The Bunker. There were also people in costumes outside the straight club right beside the Backlot, so it is not exclusive to the gay community and pre teen children. Mark, my favorite bartender at The Backlot, was dressed as the devil with great makeup and no shirt. That was enough to keep me there for longer than I might have if he had not been shirtless. That was because I am gay, but that is not enough reason to call it a gay high holy day.
Four guys in my group were in drag, and taking it very seriously. The best among us was Al who was an aged Playboy Bunny and very funny complete with a gray five o’clock shadow. At the Eagle there was a lesbian dressed as a mammogram machine. I have no idea how accurate it was but the concept was very good.
Although I had discussed not wearing a costume with two of my closest friends and they had agreed that they were just going to wear civvies, they showed up in kilts. One of them was a piper and the other a leprichon. There was also a nurse prepared to give prostate exams, and another drag queen who sort of resembled Dorothy Lamour, or at least how I imagine Dorothy Lamour would have looked.
I didn’t wear a costume.
In the past when we had such good times a big part of the fun was getting ready to go out. This year everyone just showed up at Moneypennies. We didn’t seem to have anything to bring us together, as a group. The best year was when seven of us went as nuns dressed in habits in the colors of the Gay Pride Rainbow, a priest, and a geisha. I made all the costumes, and the geisha’s kimono was authentic. There is a photograph of Al (this year’s aged Playboy Bunny) who was a trucker in his real life putting my fake fingernails on for me. Among our group there were three teachers, a banker, a trucker, a city building inspector, an IT manager for a major oil company and a retired United Church minister. We all met at the IT manager’s apartment and ordered pizza and drank. Fortunately the guy who was the priest is diabetic so he doesn’t drink and he and his partner, the trucker, have a big van we could all fit into. We had a great time.
I don’t expect to be able to recreate that night, but it would be fun following the same scenario.
My friend who was the leprichon and his partner the piper are looking for that kind of entertainment again. They have volunteered their apartment for the get together party, so maybe we just have to come up with something cohesive to bring us all together. I am thinking maybe a wedding party. There are some who don’t want to do drag. The guy who was the priest on the good year still has the priest’s outfit. The geisha has decided he just doesn’t look good as a woman so he could be the groom and I could spend the next year making gowns for the rest of us.
I am thinking ahead one year to next Halloween.
Maybe it is a Gay High Holy Day.