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I have attended every Pride parade since 1993 when I moved to Chicago. In Tennessee where I grew up the parade was not something to proud of with a few people walking down a Nashville street and onlookers making fun of them.
So this last Sunday in June event every year is not something I take lightly.
Originally I rode on the Tower Records float and DJed for them on a huge red bus. Years later I dressed in specially printed t-shirts with a group of 30 or more with a theme and rainbow Jell-O shots.
The parade has changed over the years by adding guard rails and increasing liquor control. While still a good time, emotions have gotten even stronger and fights have broken out.
A Pride Fest event has been started in the last few years with musical acts and booth to kick things off. I interviewed several of the performers including Jojo and Martha Wash. It was so great seeing friend Aurora Sexton and Debbie Fox perform.
I ran to the Backlot Bash in Andersonville to see friend Chely Wright perform and was greeted with so much lesbian love!
The day of the parade I arose early with rainbow Nunn costume in hand. After some crazy nunning around to get to the front of the parade, I changed in a bar bathroom and went to take pics but when I saw my ChicagoPride brothers and sister I jumped on the float instead! Anthony, Kinley and Precious Jewel kept me grooving and waving my rainbow flag all day. Like a rainbow rollercoaster I didn’t want it to end but loved the new route!
I could hardly walk to the after parties with my colorful habit on without taking pictures with someone every two minutes. One lady made me hold her dog to be in a photo with me, awkward! I was so grateful for their support though.
I went to the Scissor Sisters concert in the evening and met amazing people like Ben Cohen and hung out with great friends like Art Smith, Matthew Harvat, and Greg Haus.
I could have danced all night even though I was exhausted after a long gay weekend but finally it was time to hit the sheets.
For me that was what Pride was all about being open and not being scared to take a risk wearing a Nunn’s costume. Seeing community friends out and about while making new ones. In many ways this was the best Pride yet and I look forward to many more to come!

Jake Shears

The Scissor Sisters are a fun disco pop band that have to be seen live to be believed. Their third album Night Work came out this past year and now continue on to the new year as openers for Lady Gaga. 2011 sounds like heaven for  Jake Shears and the group! Fire With Fire

Jerry Nunn: Hey, Jake. You guys are always on tour. Aren’t you exhausted?

Jake Shears: Yeah totally, I’m just kind of chilling out and resting.

JN: I saw you guys last time when you were playing at the Riviera. It was a great crowd. The energy was just incredible.

JS: The show is even better now and is really off the hook.

JN:  Describe a Scissors Sisters show for people that don’t know or have not been to one.
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Happy New Year

Looking back on this past year I was able to meet and interview some talented and amazing personalities in my column for Nunn on the Run.

Here is some great advice and quotes stars have said to me in 2010:

The Laughs

“How’s your cornholer?” (Lisa Lampanelli)

“I am sure you are much more of an expert than a married man or straight man, anyways.” (Kathy Griffin on blowjobs)

“I know that gays belong to Kathy, but any fall over, I’m going to take.” (Sarah Silverman)

“I have always forged my own unique path in the comedy and entertainment world” (Sandra Bernhard)

“I think my humor is a little dry.” (Katy Perry)

“I can’t do anything but tell a joke and steal a scene!” (Leslie Jordan)

The Tears

“You are going to make me cry.” (Chely Wright)

“You made me cry…” (Meredith Baxter)

The Hard Times

“Read my bio and you tell me…” (Belinda Carlisle)

“Oh, I will go there!” (Alexis Stewart)

“There are moments that are really and truly “make it work” moments.” (Tim Gunn)

Advice

“Well, first of all, don’t suck. Don’t be bad at it.” (Dan Savage on writing)

“Everything has to be used for something” (Amy Sedaris)

“Don’t say you are a fan of theirs. It automatically puts you in the fan category with the celebrity.” (Lady Bunny)

“Hold the tape recorder closer to my mouth.” (Perez Hilton)

Full of Questions

“Let’s make it happen.” (Ricky Martin on interviewing him)

“I will never forget that question.” (Natalie Merchant)

“I don’t really get that question.” (Ellen DeGeneres)

“I have no idea how to answer that question, let me get my husband on the phone.” (Carol Channing)

About Chicago

“I usually don’t party after the shows. But when I am in Chicago, who knows?” (Jake Shears)

“It is the only place that I actually had a job.” (John Waters)

“Chicago is my favorite city still and it looks gorgeous.” (Laurie Metcalf)

“I love Chicago.” (Pam Grier)

The G-Word

“Let the gays go wild!” (Patti LaBelle)

“I’m slightly under the radar and I do think part of that is because I’m gay.” (Rufus Wainwright)

“I’m very close to the gay community.” (Perry Farrell)

“I don’t define myself by only being gay just like I don’t define myself by only being Jewish.” (Nate Berkus)

“It definitely comes with some pressure.” (Adam Lambert)

“I think homophobia is really fucked up.” (Kate Nash)

“If there are gay men in the audience then you automatically get a great show.” (Joan Rivers)

On Obama

“He is not forcing anything but making decent strides and moving things in the right direction.” (Wanda Sykes)

“There’s just nothing that a person in that position can do now, because it’s just been bought and sold.” (Melissa Etheridge)

“I am really angry about the fact that a cultured, intelligent black man cannot say that he is for gay marriage.” (Mario Cantone)

The Icons

“It made me a lot of money. What about that?” (Olympia Dukakis on Moonstruck)

“I am a sucker for stories!” (Cyndi Lauper)

“Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Florence Henderson on hosting SNL)

“I say drag queen diet in the book because it sounds so good.” (RuPaul)

“RuPaul is just the most fabulous phenomenon.” (Lucy Lawless)

“Follow your dream and you can be who you want to be.” (Elton John)

Thanks a million.” (Lily Tomlin)

Those are just some of the highlights and big moments.  Looking forward to more exciting interviews with celebrities in 2011 Nunn on One!

Labor Day Weekend

This Labor Day weekend was full of concerts in Chicago. Nunn on the Run was running all over the city for nonstop coverage of almost every show. The weekend began early with a Scissor Sister interview with Jake Shears. Combining ’80s style dance music and disco kept the abundantly gay crowd jumping throughout the set from the album Night Work. Many didn’t “Feel Like Dancin’” because the place was cooking with no air conditioning. People took the hint and shed their clothes for the encore song “Filthy/Gorgeous.” The after party was a blast at Berlin Nightclub, as the lead singer, Jake Shears, partied with fans throughout the night. 

Temperatures cooled on Friday for an outdoor concert with Nelly Furtado. The show was half in Spanish spotlighting the album Mi Plan. Read the Nunn on One interview here. The fans packed the grass with wine, cheese and candles to complete the mood.

After the show, Chris Willis, known from David Guetta’s latest album was on the agenda at Roscoe’s Tavern. People jumped up and down for songs such as “Gettin’ Over You.”

The North Coast Music Festival ran the entire weekend with acts such acts as The Chemical Brothers (read the interview here) and Moby. Nunn on the Run drank backstage with rapper Trugoy the Dove from De La Soul pictured here.

Sunday had two concerts to tackle, the first with Vampire Weekend at the Aragon Ballroom and then Crowded House at the House of Blues. Both shows were packed to the gills and showed a strong following for both bands.

Happy Labor Day!

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