Created by Michael Economy for the Pansy Beat book launch party at Printed Matter, NYC in the spring of 2018. The Pansy Beat book revisits the seminal queer zine Pansy Beat of 1989-90, reprinting the original issues alongside new essays, interviews and artwork from the artists featured in its pages. In the video, Pansy Beat’s debut 1989 cover boy, “Then”, makes a phone call to his present day self, “Now” (both portrayed in the video by Brooklyn drag king Maxxx Pleasure.) In colorful conversation reminiscent of late-80s informercials, Now and Then get reacquainted as they compare the challenges of their respective days. Then as Now, the two find more in common than not, despite advances in technology, ever-expanding ideas about gender and sexuality, and the unstoppable passage of time.
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