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Affinities: Glitz, Glamour, and the Burning Man Afterglow

Our pictorial study of uniquely Bay Area tribes.


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Michael Donofrio

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“The Kaleidoscope Kingdom Royal Ball was Tuesday,” says Michael Donofrio, 34, recalling his Burning Man experience with the GlamCocks camp. “Wednesday’s party was called Feral—very animalistic. Thursday was the Mad Hatter’s Tea Dance followed by a water gun fight. And Friday we were jocks and cheerleaders for Black Rock City Homecoming.” Even by Burning Man’s famously high standards, these guys throw an epic party. Donofrio heads up the San Francisco GlamCocks, a five-year-old contingent of gay male burners that includes artists, dancers, and drag queens. Though GlamCocks groups also reside in Seattle, Los Angeles, and New York, the local chapter is most active both on and off the playa, throwing costumed fundraisers around the city each season. “I see myself as being a GlamCock 365 days of the year,” says Donofrio. The dance parties, which have elaborate themes—An Evening in Neverland, Enchantment Under the Sea, Intergalactic Three-Way—attract over a thousand revelers, gay and straight. Profits go toward the GlamCocks’ Burning Man camp, which this year featured a scalable steel tower with a platform for pole dancing and an attachment for aerialists. Each member sponsors one new recruit a year, selected for their all-in attitude and sartorial flair. “Some people think Burning Man style is just about wearing an interesting outfit, but we go way over the top,” says Donofrio. “It’s all about spreading the spirit of glam.”



Originally published in the October issue of San Francisco

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