Gloria Gaynor

The disco diva reminded fans it "only takes 20 seconds to SURVIVE" as she washed her hands on TikTok to a snippet of her 1979 classic.
Unlike much of what came to be lumped under E.D.M. -- frequently playing to feelings like anger and alienation -- dance-pop was, like disco itself, meant to evoke happy, fun, cathartic feelings.
I'll also never forget the words my surgeon uttered back in 2001 when he told me of my diagnosis of DCIS (ductal carcinoma in situ). 'If this experience doesn't rivet you, nothing will. You'll never look at life in the same way.' He was right.
Drag is a celebration. Drag is an attitude. Characterizing drag queens as "bitchy, catty, dumb, slutty" is reductive and insulting. The female persona created by a drag queen is robust, powerful, enduring. She has moxie, smarts, humor and beauty.
Of all the steak houses in all the towns in all the world, Gloria Gaynor walked into mine. She is a steak house world traveler, it seems, eating steak from her home state of New Jersey to California, Canada to Florida, and everywhere in between.
What did that decision-making process look like? "Hmmm, well my dog is a FEMALE and I think she is so PRETTY so I'm going to name her either 'she' or 'beautiful' in another language and I will love it until the Apocalypse.
The "Queen is dead," was the report rumored to be circulating around my record company. Three months of physical therapy fraught with uncertainty about my career and ability to become financially stable again, ended with me approaching despair.