Glennda and Bruce Do Times Square

1994 | 00:29:00 | United States | English | Color | Mono | 4:3 | Hi8 video

Collection: Single Titles

Tags: Activism, Comedy, Gender, LGBTQ, Performance, Politics, Television, TV production

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In Glennda and Bruce Do Times Square, Glennda is taken on a night tour of Times Square by author Bruce Benderson. They observe the dynamic between forms of culture that would typically be identified as “underclass” in “suburbanite” culture within the economic and spatial landscape of New York City. Glennda and Bruce visit the apartment of performer Consuela Cosmetic, who was prolific within New York’s ball scene. She maps out the ways in which she believes gender can be expressed, and discusses the implications of ‘passing’. Ultimately, the video acts as exploration of polymorphous identity in the 1990s, specifically in relation to the emergence of mainstream gay male discourses.

An episode of Glennda and Friends, hosted by Glennda Orgasm and Bruce Benderson.

“The show explores how race, class, and transgender identity intersect in the now-vanished Times Square demimonde. A time-capsule of New York City in the early to mid '90s.”

— Glenn Belverio