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Posts Tagged ‘Steve Friess’

Remembering Las Vegas Pioneer Kenny Kerr

Even back in 2009, when columnist and Gay Vegas book author Steve Friess wrote an item about Kenny Kerr, memories were already fading of the legendary Strip performer’s female impersonator legacy. Kerr died over the weekend at age 60.

From Friess’ December 2009 Las Vegas Weekly article:

Not even my own partner, who has been in Vegas for almost a decade, was certain what Kenny does. “He was a drag queen, right?” Miles asked.

Uh, yeah. But not in the low-rent, cheesy form that most people think of when bandying about that phrase. Kenny Kerr is — not was, is — the best performing drag queen ever to grace a stage in Las Vegas or anywhere else. Unfortunately, he’s also one of the worst businessmen. Which he cops to.

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Journo Says Goodbye with Epic Sin City Love Letter

Steve Friess, a columnist, podcaster and major media contributor based in Las Vegas, has relocated to the University of Michigan as a Knight-Wallace fellow. For his final Las Vegas Weekly column, he uncorked one of the most memorable farewell-to-readers essays FishbowlLA has ever read.

Beginning with a full-time job at the Review-Journal in 1996, Friess’ professional experiences in Sin City mirrored the leisure capital’s explosive growth. He departed a couple of times for gigs in South Florida and China, but realized just how much Vegas was in his blood when he turned down a 2003 job interview opportunity with the Washington Post. Writes Friess:

I took a fake Liza Minnelli whom I met at the Celebrity Impersonators Convention to a 2 a.m. show by the real Liza at the Luxor. I covered rock-paper-scissors and Monopoly championships… I wrote full-service guidebooks geared towards gays, NASCAR fans and the French. My Little Brother (from Big Brothers Big Sisters) and I snuck into all the pools on the Strip and graded them for the Los Angeles Times.

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LA Times, LA Weekly Among ‘GLAAD Media Awards’ Nominees

Though the film and television nominees tend to get more attention, some local print outlets have been nominated for GLAAD Media Awards too. LA Weekly‘s Steve Friess picked up a nod for “Outstanding Newspaper Article” for his heartbreaking piece “A Tragic Love Story,” about transgendered LA Times columnist Mike Penner/Christie Daniels. We’ll be shocked if the piece doesn’t win.

Meanwhile, the LA Times itself was recognized for “Outstanding Newspaper Overall Coverage.”

The Advocate, Entertainment Weekly, People and US Weekly were all nominated for “Outstanding Magazine Overall Coverage.”

Full list of nominees after the jump:

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LA Weekly’s Mike Penner, Christine Daniels Profile

mike-penner-chrmmistine-daniels-a-tragic-love-story.5224492.40.jpgSteve Friess pens a 7,000-word piece on the late LA Times sports columnist Mike Penner/Christine Daniels. The headline calls it a tragic love story. It just makes your heart ache. Friess attempts to explain what happen to Penner and why after living as a woman for a year, he/she went back to living as a man and then ended his life.

Friess writes:

On July 19, 2007, after weeks of placing the legally required notices in local newspapers announcing the intent to change names, Michael Daniel Penner became Christine Michelle Daniels, as decreed by the Superior Court of California. The origin of most of that name is obvious: Michael begat Michelle, Daniel begat Daniels. Christine was an homage to Christine Jorgensen, the World War II veteran famous for having had what is believed to be the first male-to-female sex-reassignment surgery.

Read the whole piece here.

Previously on FBLA:

  • LA Times Sportswriter Mike Penner/Christine Daniels Dead Of Suspected Suicide