PRIDE 2017

Grindr Invades Fire Island for Pride’s Most Over the Top Party


Photo by Thomas Mccarty for W Magazine.

On Pride weekend in New York, there’s tough competition for extravagance—sickening looks, ridiculous parties, over the top statements of unbridled joy and unstoppable debauchery. Grindr, the gay hookup app that now has ambitions beyond its initial reputation, sought to play the part of unofficial grand marshall, if only for Fire Island Pines, that gay Valhalla in the South shore of Long Island. From Saturday through Sunday morning, Grindr threw two indulgent, no holds barred parties that it declared “Slumbr Camp,” first a day-time brunch co-hosted with Visionaire—featuring an installation by filmmaker Luke Gilford and speedos customized on the spot by artist Raul de Nieves—and a more “formal” affair at night where both RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Peppermint and Grammy award winner Macy Gray performed. From the top of the Pines Club on Saturday afternoon, you could make out a crowd that included everyone from model RJ King, the Fat Jewish, the Misshapes’ Greg Krelenstein, DJ Honey Dijon and every New Yorker who had ever downloaded that mischievous app with the yellow skull logo.

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Raul de Nieves (far left) at Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Macy Gray performing at Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which also featured a performance by Peppermint of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Macy Gray performing at Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which also featured a performance by Peppermint of RuPaul’s Drag Race.

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Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Photo by Thomas Mccarty for W Magazine.

Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Peppermint of RuPaul’s Drag Race at Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which also featured a performance by Macy Gray.

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Photo by Thomas Mccarty for W Magazine.

Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Photo by Thomas Mccarty for W Magazine.

Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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DJ Honey Dijon at Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Photo by Thomas Mccarty for W Magazine.

Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Photo by Thomas Mccarty for W Magazine.

Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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George Venson of Voutsa at Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Photo by Thomas Mccarty for W Magazine.

Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Photo by Thomas Mccarty for W Magazine.

Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Photo by Thomas Mccarty for W Magazine.

Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.

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Photo by Thomas Mccarty for W Magazine.

Scenes from Grindr’s “Slumbr Camp” in Fire Island Pines in New York on Pride weekend, which featured performances by Macy Gray and Peppermint.