I am one of the only people I know who gives oral sex with a condom. People say I couldnt do never that. Well, do what you want. The fact is; oral sex is considered low-risk behaviour. Ive only got one life and it takes only one contact to get infected with HIV. Plus, since the disease has a 12-15 year incubation period, infected partners can look completely healthy.
Chatting to Skrufff from her New York pad, actress, deejay, singer/ songwriter, comedienne, ho (her description) Lady Bunny admits safe sex is always on her mind.
Sexperts say you shouldnt floss your teeth beforehand but honey, a piece of pizza crust abrades the skin on my upper palate. As can toast! F**k low-risk! I want NO-RISK. Im a safe slut. So please purchase my new single It's Tonight-it'll keep this whore in condoms! DJs may present me with a receipt for a blowjob! she laughs.
Dominating New Yorks drag scene since she first arrived on the underground club scene in the 80s (with fellow Atlanta pals Larry Tee and Ru Paul) Bunny survived the dreadful first wave of AIDS casualties in the 80s though writing on her often laceratingly funny blog on her site www.ladybunny.net last week said It's been estimated that 1/2 of New York City gay men have HIV.
I dont know how conscious people are of that statistic. But Im fairly certain that infections are on the rise due to crazed behaviour caused by meth (or alcohol or any other drug for that matter) and also by a perception that the new AIDS drugs are a cure. I live right by St. Vincents (Hospital), which specializes in AIDS care, so I see a lot of yesterdays club beauties dwindling away, she explains. Gay mens infections actually decreased several years ago, but they are back up again, according to a friend at GMHC. I dont have actual figures, though. This is based on my perceptions and hearsay, she clarifies. Safe sex talk aside, Bunnys main reason for chatting to Skrufff is to promote her afore-mentioned new single Its Tonight, produced by the Boneheads (aka Per QX and Elliot J Brown. Released shortly on OhMy Recordings, the track features Bunny on vocals, with various house, electro-house and funk mixes.
Skrufff (Jonty Skrufff): How did the Its Tonight come about; how did you meet the guys- who approached who? Lady Bunny: I met Per QX, one of the two Boneheads who produced it, in Miami at the Winter Music Conference (WMC) probably three years ago and gave him a demo. I can say that after 8-9 years of attending WMC, its the only thing to really come of it. I mean Ive networkedie gotten drunk--at the conference, but Its Tonight is the only tangible product to come of it. So if its very successful, Ill feel a lot better about paying for those increasingly gouging South Beach hotels every year. Anyway, Per and Elliott J. Brown were working on a track which they felt needed a vocal, and mine fit in. I sent them the accapella and they chopped it up to fit into the track. I think it is the most current-sounding thing I've ever done and think they did a great job with the production--some really nice drum fills and chord changes in there. Skrufff: The track has an electrodisco mix: have you changed your mind about hating electro (maximal, new rave, whatever its called?) Lady Bunny: No, I havent and I much I prefer the songs main mix to the electro one. I still love lush orchestration, so Im rarely drawn to stripped down, hard, synth-y sounds. I do like funky 80s tunes like Im In Love by Evelyn Champagne King, but the 80s revival/electro movement never seems to revive the 80s tracks I liked back in the day. If there is not a backbone of soulfulness, I rarely like the music. And electro seems to have a punk/post-punk/new wave/rock element which never appealed to me the first time around. I like a groove I can get into, not some whipped up, frantic mess I can thrash to. Skrufff: When you recorded the vocal- did you perform dressed up? Lady Bunny: My engineer has a small recording boothI probably couldnt even fit in there with one of my big ol wigs on. Plus, one is not really too relaxed or focused when propped up on stilts with things glued onto ones eyelashes and fingernails and in a girdle (Though I suppose tucking ones genitals in might aid in hitting those high notes.) I dont really perform out of drag, but I dont live as a woman. I cant exactly say that I live as a man, either, though. A team of psychiatrists are still trying to figure out what the fuck it is. Skrufff: What do you make of the rise of the metrosexual? Lady Bunny: Well, as a transvestite freak myself, I encourage sexual experimentation and the blurring of gender roles. I was chatting with a gorgeous, masculine boy on Myspace recently who suddenly started posting pictures of himself in make-up. Ive normally thought Uh uh, queenie- I wear the make-up in this relationship! But with or without make-up, hes very sexy and while I dont traditionally gravitate towards painted men, this one was still turning me on. So I have to let my mind be as open as my legs. Plus, we can touch each others face up when were out on the town.Skrufff: How about men in make up generally- any tips for successful dressing? Lady Bunny: Im trying to think of common mistakes Ive seen-outside of my own mirror, that is. Occasionally, Ill notice that men are wearing heavy eye make-up without foundation or powder. Its a look, and I realize that the men dont want a drag queens thick mask of spackle which we use to hide our beards and other imperfections, but men do sweat more, so a little powder wouldnt hurt. And unless you like the scary, drippy Alice Cooper look, stick with water-proof liner and mascara. Skrufff: Do you remember the first time you went out in drag? Lady Bunny: Yes, it was for Halloween and I dressed as ;a woman. My best friend went as my husband. How creative. He later went insane. Guess Im just too much for some fellas. Another early appearance included winning a prize at a Halloween costume dressed as Boy George by RuPaul. They called me Boy Bunny. Tragic. : Larrys Tees Wikipedia entry says of the early 80s Atlanta was fabulous. We had a great time there. In our crew we had RuPaul and the Lady Bunny, who at the time were both just learning theft tricks. I really feel Atlanta was the birthplace of contemporary drag culture. We had some mean, nasty drag shows there, what kind of thing went on at mean, nasty, drag shows: Lady Bunny: Well, one queen named Amber Richardsshe burned to death a few years ago and is now affectionately remembered as Ember Richards!she once hurled a spike heel from the stage at a heckler and it whizzed an inch past my face. Between the hormones and liquor and coke, those girls were quite crazy. And many of them were very country, from smaller towns outside Atlanta. And everyone carried on with trashy with pre-AIDS abandon. Not the uptown sophisticates with whom I now associate, Dahling! Kidding! Im still trash. Skrufff: What tricks does a drag queen need to prosper? Lady Bunny: Young queens often ask me this when I travel. If I feel that they are pretty or talented, I urge them to retire immediatelyI dont need the competition. Seriously, I tell them, you must hit upon something which is unique enough to make someone want to fly you somewhere and pay you to do it. You may be the best Cher impersonator in Birmingham, Alabama, but theres one in every city. So I suppose my advice is Come up with something uniquely yours which you do better than anyone else." Skrufff: Did you ever have to physically defend yourself in Atlanta? Lady Bunny: Oh, Larry (Tee) loves to tell the tale of how I came home one night and found a burglar. Instead of calling the police, I slept with him. Not exactly true, but it makes a cute story. I rarely felt threatened in Atlantawe were in the center of the gay ghetto and some of our gang were only one step above street people. We didnt look like we had much (some of us still dont). So we werent likely to be attacked. At one point, Ru liked to hang out in gay black clubs on the wrong side of town, whose patrons would literally flip at the site of our thrift store high fashions twirling to songs like Newcleus Jam On It playing on a jukebox. One toothless old broad was really incensed and kept repeating Yall caint come in here like that! She was ready to fight because we looked so artsy.
Skrufff: Have you ever owned a gun? Lady Bunny: No, Id never own a gun. Ive lived in NYC for over 20 years and only been mugged twice. Once, when I first moved here, I had gotten off work go-go dancing on the bar of the Pyramid and was so proud of my $50 wage. A Puerto Rican kid popped out from between two cars as I drunkenly staggered home and shoved a gun in my face. I ran from a gun. My life was worth less than $50. And its depreciated considerably since then. Skrufff: Fellow New York drag performer Kevin Aviance was attacked on the street in the East Village last year, how much did that knock your own confidence walking round Manhattan after dark? Lady Bunny: First of all, there is a lot of speculation over what really went on the night Kevin was bashed, so dont assume that an isolated incident with fuzzy details indicates a new, dangerously anti-gay New York City. Of course there is homophobia, but my style of glad rags imply that Im going out to a party and that I want attentionIm not a sex change trying to pass in sedate secretary drag. So people are more likely to shout you go, girl! than F**k you, faggot! Of course I get some of that, too, to which I generally reply When and where? But a lot of the attention is positive. I walked to work at Cielo recently and met one guy on the way there and one on the way home. Oink. (The meat market was once known for tranny hookersnow its upscale shops like Stella McCartney). I will say that most of the negative or frightening attention comes from black and Hispanic males. Id like to think that minorities should stick together, but over and over I see this behaviour. (Maybe its because Im drooling over them while twiddling my nipples before dropping to my knees in front of them on the street.) Its really sad, because it proves quite plainly that these minorities only cry out against prejudice only when its directed towards them. They have no problem with exhibiting prejudice towards gays, Jews, Asians, etc. Theres a jewelry district where Linda Simpson and I were shopping there recently. Many black males from Africa and the Caribbean work there, and two mimicked shooting us with their hands as fake guns. Another spouted off at usall within 5 minutes! Thanks, Beenie Man and Elephant man. Your anti-gay lyrics are working. Of course, as any queen knows, these guys are the first to hit on you when no one is looking. Just like the "Muslim" cab drivers. South Beach has become more threatening, though. The gays have largely moved to nearby Fort Lauderdale, and you rarely see men holding hands or drags on the street. Spring Break occurs during the Winter Music Conference, and its a real shame that thanks to rap, Americas youth see themselves as thugs. So just imagine thugs, drunk and on vacation. Real sweethearts, they are. The Boneheads featuring Lady Bunny: Its Tonight, is out shortly on OhMy! Recordings. http://www.ladybunny.net
Jonty Skrufff (Skrufff.com)