Tuesday, December 06, 2005
Brenda Unforgettable Revlon
Brenda Unforgettable Revlon is someone that I have known for several years. I first met Brenda at a party in Washington Heights (NYC) at the home of Ray Modesto, a Dominican travel agent. I had seen her perform a couple of times in NYC at different venues, then a couple of years ago I was in the old Atlantis Disco here in Santo Domingo, and who should I see, but the lengendary diva herself holding court. We took a picture together and promised to keep in touch. I wrote her number on a napkin that got wet and we lost touch.
Brenda is a very proud Dominican transsexual who visits the island at least 3 times a year. She was born in the DR, but grew up mostly in NYC. Brenda not only performs at many venues around the city, buts works in the HIV prevention field in Nueva York.
I saw Brenda several months ago at Jay-Dee's, and we got to talking. It was there that I told her we need to get together and put on a "mini-ball" here in the DR. Something with a distinctly Dominican flair. We have been corresponding and she told me how popular the Monaga Blog is among gay Dominicans living in the States. She suggested that I could tell the story about the Dominicans who left the islands who felt stymied about their sexuality and made names for themselves amongst the gay scene in NYC (and elsewhere). One particular name is Mario. Mario died recently in NYC after a long illness. We are putting a story together and I hope to have something for you really soon. There are others that I would like to tell you about, like Barbie Crawford, who stars in the show at Escuelita's, along with others.