The emergence and demise of Club Kid culture in NYC included the emergence of new forms of fluid personhood, new drag styles, and the victory of Mayor Rudolph Giulianni’s revanchist city policies against queer nightlife in New York City.
Club Kid history is now mythical and populated by mythical characters like Michael Alig, James St. James, and singer, muse, and fashion icon Lady Miss Kier of “Groove Is In the Heart” fame.
This talk is a first person account of this moment in the history of queer New York City nightlife at Peter Gaiten’s highest cathedral - The Limelight.
Bio: David Miranda, once a kid, a club kid, grew up to become the Senior Arraignment Attorney at the Neighborhood Defender Service of Harlem (NDS), a holistic public defender agency in Northern Manhattan, serving indigent residents of Northern Manhattan charged with misdemeanors and felonies in New York County. He is a lifelong resident of New York City and a resident of Northern Manhattan. Prior to his position at the NDS, he was a Senior Attorney at the Urban Justice Center’s Peter Cicchino Youth Project where he represented homeless youth 24 and under, many of whom identifed as LGBTQ, He is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania Law School and Sarah Lawrence College and recipient of the 2019 New York Bar Association Arthur Leonard Award for LGBT advocacy.