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Jun 28 2016
Gay Ride: My Day With The Men Of The Adonis Lounge Comments (0)



IMG_8236*Our float represented the Adonis Lounge, Fairytail Lounge & And sodomy. (All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund)

If you're a longtime reader of Boy Culture, you know I'm all about NYC's the Adonis Lounge, where go-go boys go-go that extra mile (give or take) to give or take all the pleasure you can manhandle. My first experience there was one of my fave blog posts.

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Two years ago, I spent the NYC Pride March with the Adonis Lounge float and had a blast with Duncan Black and all the other wriggling dancers. The video alone was worth the work. This year, I accepted the offer to come back and shoot the boys in their nearly au naturel habitat—and it wasn't disappointing. As long as you don't count spending three hours waiting to step off, only to find many people had gone home by the time we began our outer journey.

READ: 100+ Pics from My Last Raunchy Ride at Pride

After I spent hours shooting the beginning of the parade—check those fun and occasionally erotic pics here—I made IMG_4301*my way back to 40th and 6th, where we were allegedly supposed to meet. I was more high-maintenance than a dancer, bugging boss-man Tim about the details; I was just sure I wouldn't get through the police barriers or something else would go wrong, and my damn iPhone Negative-Four doesn't hold a charge.

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But I had no problem finding the crew, situated on the same block with Gloria Allred, some transgender defenders and—thank Christ—a place IMG_8177* that sold croissants. The truck was late but most of the dancers were on time. I heard Tim booked 18 and about 10 showed, which is stripper for “a big turn-out.”

Lucky for Tim and luckier for the crowds who eventually saw us, some of his hottest guys came out to support the Adonis Lounge by shaking their moneymakers without the possibility of anyone stuffing bills into their G-strings. (Mine is an H-string, but I'm working on it.)

IMG_8170*Get off my Hawn!

I spent a lot of bonding time with Bryan Hawn, whom I now know well enough that getting future lap dances or encountering his astral projection in a masturbatory fantasy would be awkward, as well as fellow dancer Matt, with whom I quickly developed a Moonlighting-esque rapport. (He's from the West Coast and said dancing at the parade was good business, even if nobody paid, I replied, Capitalism fail. Oregon, right?) We did have a legit-interesting convo about re-branding the word hustling, and he came up with sexual therapist after I rejected his more euphemistic healer.

IMG_8171*Bryan Hawn with Matt, who'd just as soon debate you as lap dance for you. (He'd win either.)

Though I'm sure his antics on the float had a lot of onlookers wishing they could get healed.

IMG_8163*Beautiful Santiago gets his Miley on.

IMG_8454*What would J.C. do?

IMG_8232*Carlos, from Ecuador, with one of his many fans

IMG_8294*Try these on for thighs: Adam has to be one of the best-looking guys in NYC.

We honest-to-God didn't step off until after 6 p.m., the march was so big this year, but we weren't the last float; JetBlue was behind us, executing amazing flash-mob-style numbers, but I'm afraid we pulled focus every time a dancer got frisky and decided to moon Fifth Ave. (One beautiful dude who wasn't a dancer but was with, a co-sponsor of the float, kept hauling out his enough-for-two tattooed booty, which was much nicer than receiving a VOTE FOR NADLER sticker.)


IMG_8244*There was a GOD MADE ME PERFECT sticker between his cheeks that stayed put all day.

One positive side effect of the delay was when I shot an adorable young bystander—shirtless, in rainbow suspenders—and then turned around and discovered they'd recruited him to dance on the float. By sheer luck, he was wearing nice undies. Watch for his debut at the Adonis Lounge in the near future.


IMG_8463*Ask yourself: Would you be prepared to become a go-go dancer with no notice? If not, why not?

Though many people had deserted us in Midtown (they were probably home preparing for next year's parade) when we finally got going, the reactions were priceless—the guys attracted clusters of looky-loos with thirsty iPhones and seemed to get big hoots even from dyed-in-the-wool dykes.

IMG_8212*Ladies never pay! These cute friends were all about star dancer Adam.

IMG_8535*Bryan was recognized by a fan. “That makes me want to keep going,” he told me sincerely.

IMG_8394*Causing a commotion wherever he gyrates

IMG_8323*Santiago, Fairytale bartender Josh & newcomer Anthony escort a fan to her happy place.

IMG_8507*Bryce Adonis has friends in high places—and plenty of free copies of Rushbox!

Who doesn't like a cute person reveling in their own cuteness in public?




IMG_8483*Looking-for-action shots

It was a whole other story when we got closer to the Village, where there were still plenty of extremely enthusiastic attendees. One mimicked CALL ME to a dancer, who made us all proud by pointing to the Adonis Lounge signage on the truck. Now that's a call to action.

IMG_8278*DJ June with his GF Jennifer Alvarez

IMG_8528*Allan was the proudest guy there!

IMG_8489*This truck holds the dreams of so many.

IMG_8555*Our fairy god-sister, Grim

IMG_8521*A reminder that some of the dancers are actually gay!
IMG_8400*... and a reminder that some of them are actually bottoms!

IMG_8718*He'll make you gay and proud at the same time.

IMG_8769*Remember when the Meatpacking District actually looked like this?

IMG_8771*We got a little slap-happy ...

IMG_8779*On ice

IMG_8788*Imagine being so young you look this good after dancing on a truck all day.

The end of the parade was a li'l messy, but I wound up on the flatbed truck—no sides, little to hold onto except for a bunch of dancers in their skivvies—as we were whizzed from downtown back up to the 40s. If we had gotten rear-ended by a semi, along with generating the best New York Post headline ever, whoever came up with that old adage about wearing nice underwear because hospital workers will see it would have been so very proud of all the rainbow-colored Andrew Christian and Pump selections on our dead bodies.


IMG_8801*A little love from Macy's and the Empire State Building on our way home

The rest of my sizzling Adonis Lounge pics are here, and come back soon for another installment of the Adonis Lounge's “Ask a Stripper” videos!

IMG_8784*Matt-itation, post-Pride