Hearsay


Published on April 3, 2003, 12:00am | Comments

The untimely passing of a young friend...
The selling and buying of an old bar...
Wet's underwear, Freddie's girls...

Hearsay opens this week on a truly sad note, as it deeply mourns the passing of Bryan “Pup” Mullikin, a longtime friend to both Hearsay and to many in our community. Mullikin, founder of the DC Boys of Leather and American Leatherboy 2001 titleholder, moved away to Chicago last year, and Hearsay recalls sending him off with a big hug, sloppy kiss and tweak of the left nipple. Hearsay hadn't spoken to Pup in the ensuing months, but it was shocked and heartbroken last week to hear of the energetic and good-hearted young man's untimely demise. To help Mullikin's family raise money to cover funeral expenses, The DC Boys of Leather will accept donations at their bar night this Sunday, April 6, at the Green Lantern, from 6 to 10 p.m. Donations can also be made through the group's website at www.dcboysofleather.org.  Hearsay will remember Pup fondly. Here's hoping that somewhere up there in Heaven, he's being scratched behind the ears by an angel…

The restraints have been lifted, the gag removed, the gag reflex dealt with, and now Hearsay can report the big P Street news that Hearsay couldn't quite report last time, but which everyone seems to know about at this point, unless you happen to not be one of those in the know, in which case after reading this you will now be. Mr. P's has been sold! Yes, John “Better Call” Mako has said sayonara to his 27-year-old bar in favor of new endeavors that are not limited to traversing the globe on a big, pink elephant. The buyer? Khalid Khartami, who also owns the chi-chi Connecticut Avenue pasta spot Odeon. In an exclusive back-alley interview conducted with Bluetooth-equipped cell phones, Hearsay spoke to Khalid about his plans for P's. “We plan to keep it as it is,” he said at first, before adding, “but we will be remodeling… extensively.” Not to mention serving food -- cold sandwiches at first, but hot fare will enter the environment after a major kitchen upgrade. “We are putting in a brand new kitchen, everything new. We are also going to renovate and clean the patio,” said Khalid. To sweeten the deal, he noted, “And we've hired a 24-year-old bartender from one of the 17th Street bars.” Much prying and even a little bit of friendly cooing couldn't get Khalid to reveal which 24-year-old bartender would be making a grand exit from 17th Street. However, Hearsay did manage to squeeze this out of the new owner: Michael “Always A Smile” Evans, formerly of the D.C. Eagle, will take up a post at the new P's, which, Khalid insists will remain “one hundred percent a gay bar.” Mr. P's has needed a facelift -- not to mention a transfusion of new blood -- for years. Hearsay looks forward to seeing the new P's to come…

Now that the censorship restraints from the previous column have been lifted, Hearsay is free to at long last name the man that James “Double” Decker calls his “man” -- Paul Whatling, an Industry Insider working within an Industry that requires Insiders to work both inside and out. Hearsay has yet to meet -- or even speak to, for that matter -- this so-called Paul, but it really has no reason to doubt his existence. After all, why would Sir Decker, a faithful at the Human Rights Campaign, invent an imaginary boyfriend? Why, indeed? Only insiders who work in an Insider's Industry know the answer to that question, as well as the question, What's the real reason Wayne Besen left HRC? Could it be that he wanted to beat Elizabeth out the door? Could it be that he was longing to find himself in the arms of John Mako on that pink elephant tour? Only insiders know the truth…

A few quick notes: Last Friday, Wet welcomed adult film star Matthew “I'm Named for Poppers!” Rush, who himself helped to usher in the bar's first Underwear Friday, a weekly show-us-your-skivvies contest and you could win two hundred smackaroos, provided there are no skid marks. The drawers continue to drop this Friday, April 5, at Wet… This Sunday, April 6, Freddie's Beach Bar, over yonder on 23rd Street in Arlington, a hop, skip, and another skip away from the Crystal City Metro, debuts the area's latest dragstravaganza -- Freddie's Follies, hosted by Blair “Liquor's Quicker” Michaels and Jymmye “Y's for EverYone” Jaymes and featuring star-studded appearances by Terre Santana, Vicki Jaymes (there's that Y thing again) Kyle and Miss Gaye Universe DC 2002, Lorilei Lee Maharis, who has been Y free for quite some time now. The show starts promptly at 9 p.m. and will end sometime before the end of this century…


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