Least Gay Friendly City in Montana Also the Campiest Place on Earth

Author: , December 9th, 2017
Great Falls

Rich Addicks for The New York Times

When a study recently found Great Falls the least gay-friendly city in Montana, one man wrote on a local news website, “Let’s keep it that way.”

Mermaids are totally tolerable, though.

Great Falls, home to 59,000 mostly conservative citizens, can be a soul-deadening place. Big-box stores and chain restaurants line the weary main drag. The primary employer is Malmstrom Air Force Base, which services nuclear missile silos. The wind chill has been known to hit 40 below.

But you can’t hold life back. It always breaks through — sometimes in unintentionally hilarious ways — even in the most unlikely places.

I don’t know how else to account for the Sip ‘n Dip, a kitsch-tastic tiki bar hidden inside the O’Haire Motor Inn here. To find this treasure, you walk past the stack of Western Ag Reporter newspapers in the lobby and climb a narrow set of carpeted stairs. There, swimming behind glass six nights a week on a rotating schedule, you will find 12 women dressed very convincingly as mermaids.

By Brooks Barnes – Full Story at the New York Times

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Out in Atlantic City – Campiest Event of the Year

Author: , January 18th, 2012

Out in Atlantic CityMiss America ain’t got nothing on these ladies. In four short days, 14 contestants from Kentucky to NYC will take to the boardwalk to strut their stuff in the annual Miss’d America Pageant, all part of Atlantic City’s Out in the AC weekend, January 21-22nd, sponsored by Caesers Entertainment Group.

Will it be Bootsie Lefaris or Tasha Salad? Chantel Rashae or Shi-Queeta-Lee? Or local favorite Jason Cozmo to take the crown from 2011’s winner the divine Kitty Hiccups (pictured above)? Think sequins. Think big hair. Think TALENT. Think a dragged up spoof and loving tribute, all a riot and awash in cocktails — and all for charity.

“With the success of last year’s pageant raising more than $30,000 for charity we are extremely excited to bring Miss’d America back with lavish sets, incredible production numbers featuring the lovely and talented Erika Schiff, along with the Miss’d America dancers, and even more contestants,” said Richard Helfant, president of the Greater Atlantic City GLBT Alliance, organizers of the event.

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