That Funky Daytime Abortion – Happy Hour – It’s New Orleans
Even for New Orleans, this is an unusual bar scene: a woman in a vagina costume, a drag queen, and a super-sexy African American guy having drinks.
Which one would you like to know about first?
Okay, the drag queen. That’s Kitty d’Litter. It’s 3pm on a Wednesday afternoon and Kitty is wearing what she calls “Day Drag.” The difference between day and night drag is that day drag is a little more subdued. Yes, apparently walking around with gigantic costume jewelry, enormous eyelashes, high heels, and an eye-catching electric blue dress is a step down from Kitty’s regular attire. If you’ve ever wondered why certain gay guys like to dress in drag and what it entails, check out this frank conversation.
What would make you want to walk around dressed like a vagina, or more strictly, a vulva? Amy Irvin is making a point about women, their vaginas, and raising money for the New Orleans Abortion Fund of which she is Executive Director. The fund gives money to women who can’t afford it to pay for an abortion. That sounds like a job that’s about as serious as you can get. But if you want a lesson in how to get a difficult and contentious point across with humor and and reason, take a listen to Amy.
J Sharp has the sexiest voice in New Orleans. That’s not independently verified but you couldn’t get much more of a cross-section random sample of New Orleanians than around this table and they all agree. J is a co-founder, keyboard player and singer in the super-tightest and slickest funk band to come out of New Orleans in years: Water Seed. If you’ve heard any of the band’s past 5 records or caught them at anything from Jazz Fest to their regular gig on Frenchmen Street, you’ll agree. If you’ve never heard Water Seed and you like funk like Parliament and The Meters, consider your life changed. And check out their new record, “We Are Stars.”
Photos at Wayfare by Alison Moon.