Official History Of The Denver Cycle Sluts
The Denver Cycle Sluts began when Kenneth Maurice traveled from Denver out to Los Angeles in 1978 and caught the act of a professional theater group called The Cycle Sluts. The Cycle Sluts in Los Angeles began one Halloween in the 1970s when a group of 12 gay men put on big bouffant wigs and women’s lingerie. They arrived at the club, Studio One, not in a limo, but a garbage truck. The truck pulled up, The Cycle Sluts climbed out, and Slut history was made.
The Cycle Sluts went on to perform at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go nightclub in LA. They became so famous that stars like Florence Henderson and Liberace came to see their show. They toured across the country including Chicago, San Francisco and New York. The group sang with their own voices, had their own choreographer and a professional costume designer. Thom Frey, who would later be part of the future Denver Cycle Sluts, was living in Los Angeles during this time and was dating one of The Cycle Sluts named Kenny.
Kenneth Maurice was so inspired by what he saw in 1978, that he brought the idea back to Denver and formed his own group in 1979, which he named The Cycle Sluts. The Cycle Sluts in LA did not take kindly to the Denver group using their name, so Kenneth changed the name to The Denver Cycle Sluts. Kenneth gave himself the drag name, Helen Bed.
The Denver Cycle Sluts, however, were not very well received. The performances they put on were considered vulgar and crude. Simulated sex acts and dildos on stage were not what the audiences in Denver wanted to see in their drag shows. The group fizzled out.
In 1989, Kenneth Maurice decided to run for Empress XVIII of the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire. For his campaign, he thought it would be fun to bring back the idea for The Denver Cycle Sluts to help raise money for charity. This time the group he formed put on a classier act and the Denver Cycle Sluts became a big hit in the gay community. Kenneth Maurice was successful in his campaign and became Empress XVIII, Kinsey Rapport.
After becoming Empress, Kenneth turned the leadership of the group over to Donna Drag (Thom Frey) and Constance Hard-On (Buddy). The group only had three members with the third being Lucinda West (Michael West). They attracted two more members to sign on as Denver Cycle Sluts, Venetia Blind (Vince Kline) and Rita My Lips (whose boy named shall never be revealed in Slut History).
The five Denver Cycle Sluts performed only a few times a year, and as a result, their performances were much anticipated by the community. They wowed audiences at the anniversary parties of the gay bars, Bricks and The Den. They were invited by the San Fernando Valley Imperial Court to be Command Performers. The group was in high demand and the owner of the gay bar Mike’s, Tim Timmons, would cancel other acts at his bar, just to get them at his club.
The group had a few ground rules to be a Denver Cycle Slut. They only wore big hair and women’s lingerie. They could have no painted fingernails and no tucking was allowed. They had to have body and facial hair. High heels were optional. All the money to put on the shows, makeup and hair came out of the pockets of the performers. And 100 percent of the money they raised went to charity.
The five performers decided they needed 1 or 2 more sluts in the group so in 1991, they held the first Slut Search, a contest to see who could do their best to be a Denver Cycle Slut. Eight contestants competed and two were chosen, Ivanna Lay-ya (Dennis), and the first female slut, Fish Pate (Sandra Graves). It was at this time that the group also designed a t-shirt which featured a graphic image of “That Girl” with a cigarette dangling out the side of her mouth.
Glen Emery, who was living in California and was Prince Royal of the Imperial Court of San Fernando Valley, performed a spoof drag number as a Cycle Slut. He gave himself the name, Holly Would, and began flying to Denver to perform as a “Guest Slut” with the Denver group. Holly later moved to Denver to become an official member of the group.
Jim Nash, the partner of Lucinda West, jumped into the Slut 3-ring circus as Holly Davidson. The group obtained a Winnebago and started traveling around Colorado performing shows and raising money for charity. They held Slut Search every year to attract new performing members but most that joined faded away and left the group. One show of the Denver Cycle Sluts became famous and ran for 4 years - the Beauty Pageant Contest. Each Slut would choose a new identity and compete for the Pageant Crown. The winner would always get beat up by the first runner up and sometimes the audience would jump into the foray as well.
Each Slut had their area of expertise. Donna Drag was in charge of all the costuming for the group. Everyone else was too embarrassed to go into women’s clothing stores to buy the necessary lingerie, so Donna did it for them. Donna also did all the big hair and makeup for every member. Before a show, Donna would paint everyone until finally, Constance Hard-On and Rita My Lips also learned to help. Venetia Blind was in charge of props for the shows.
Much time and effort went into putting on these shows, which raised hundreds of dollars for charities. Rehearsals were held for weeks before a show, numbers were choreographed, and sets were built. Eventually the fun of being a Denver Cycle Slut turned into too much work. The group started to run out of ideas for shows and production numbers. People did not want to rehearse. Lucinda West and Holly Davidson dropped out of the group. Everyone else got burned out and decided to retire. Donna Drag turned the leadership of the group over to Holly Would.
Holly Would was appointed the Queen Mother Director in 1994 by Donna Drag. Donna stayed on with the group as a consultant. Holly Would hosted a Slut Search in an effort to bring new members into the group. Three contestants competed: Ilene Dover, Lotta Ho and Cherry Hills. Ilene and Lotta were selected to join the group. Cherry Hills was disqualified for using a dildo in her number but was later inducted into the group.
Holly Would served as Queen Mother Director for 4 1/2 years and during her reign brought into the group the performers Tina Turnover (Mark Schmidt) , Sandi Fran Crisco (Kent Epperson), Ivanna B. Astar (John Carroll), Sheneeda Bleach (Bill Wright), Gabbriella But’zin (Tim Fischer), and Molotovia Cocktail (Steven Moore). Slut Search during this time was held only when needed to bring in new members. The group put on 3 major shows a year and made appearances in other shows around Denver.
Holly stepped down as Queen Mother Director in 1998. The first permanent titles were given out to the original founding members of the group. Tina Turnover stepped down along with Holly and they both received permanent titles. Holly purchased a crown and began the Queen Mother’s Jewels collection. Each Queen Mother Director since has added some type of jewelry to the collection that is now passed down to each new Queen Mother Director.
Sheneeda Bleach was crowned Queen Mother Director of the Denver Cycle Sluts in 1998 and served until 2001. During her reign, the Denver Cycle Sluts were named “Entertainers to Their Majesties” by the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire in 1999 and 2000. Monthly shows were held at the Denver Triangle and quarterly shows at Bricks. Shows were also held at the Colfax Mining Company and Zippz. Under Sheneeda’s reign the following members joined the group: Tillie Screams (Arthur Gilkison), Sharon Cousins (Dustin Gallo), Polka Hole (Michael Graczyk) and Nuclia Waste (David Westman).
In 1999, the Denver Cycle Sluts celebrated their 20th Anniversary with a very large show and fund raiser at the Gothic Theater on Sunday, August 8. Many of the past retired Denver Cycle Sluts performed and attended the event. Sandi Fran Crisco officially retired from the group to run for Emperor of the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire, which he accomplished in 2000.
In March of 2000, Nuclia Waste became a Denver Cycle Slut by appointment of the Queen Mother Director Sheneeda Bleach. A show was held at Bricks where Sheneeda gave birth to Nuclia on stage.
During 2000, Thom Frey, Michael Graczyk, Holly Would and Gabriella But’zin began meeting to incorporate the Denver Cycle Sluts. The four served as the first Board of Directors. They wrote the first bylaws for the group and filed documents to incorporate the group as DCS, Inc. with the state of CO.
In September of 2000, Holly Would and Nuclia Waste traveled to Salt Lake City to help kick off the first sister troupe of the Denver Cycle Sluts. The Utah Cyber Sluts were “whacked” in official slutdom by Holly Would at their show called Kaboom! The first Queen Mother Director of the Utah Cyber Sluts was Lucky Charms.
In February of 2001, the Denver Cycle Sluts were Command Performers for coronation in Minneapolis.
On April 29 of 2001, Slut Search was held at BJ’s Carousel. The theme was “Slut Search 2001: A Spacey Oddity”. There were three contestants. Iona Trailer (John Rochard) and Zoey Diddim (Coryn Fairchild) won and were made part of the group. Sheneeda Bleach stepped down as Queen Mother Director and Molotovia Cocktail was crowned the new Queen Mother. She appointed the 3rd contestant, Anita Uranus (Joe Cizek), as a Denver Cycle Slut. The first elected Board of Directors was announced. On the first Board were Gabriella Butz'in, Holly Would, Tom J, Michael Gracyk, Molotovia Cocktail and Susie Graves. Sheneeda Bleach added a set of ruby earrings to the Queen Mother’s Jewels.
In May of 2001, the group performed for the DIGLIT bowling tournament. They were named Honorary DIGLITeers.
In June of 2001, the Denver Cycle Sluts constructed their first float for the Pridefest parade. They carried over the theme, “2001: A Spacey Oddity”. The float was covered in inflatable space aliens and the group threw beads to the crowd. The owners of Erico Motorsports, Tai and John Beldock, had contacted the group as they were looking to sponsor a float in the parade. They provided a truck and trailer for the parade entry. Every year since, Erico Motorsports has sponsored the Denver Cycle Sluts in the parade. The float won the “Most Outrageous” award.
The group was invited to be command performers at the Colorado Springs coronation in 2001.
Molotovia Cocktail served as Queen Mother Director through October of 2002. In May of 2002, the group put on the show “Pageant!” a spoof of beauty pageants. The group performed in August for the Denver Swingers Club and raised money for the Colorado AIDS Walk. The Denver Cycle Slut Website was put up and was designed by Nuclia Waste.
In October of 2002, Slut Search was held at Erico Motorsports. The theme was "Young Slutenstein! The Search For Abby Normal". There was one contestant for the event, Portia Potty (Jeff Betsch), who won and was made a performing member of the group. Molotovia Cocktail retired from the Denver Cycle Sluts as did Polka Hole. Gabbriella But’zin was crowned the new Queen Mother Director. Molotovia added a jeweled baseball bat to the Queen Mother’s Jewels.
Anita Uranus retired in January of 2003. In April and May of 2003, the Denver Cycle Sluts worked as waitresses at the Den as a fund raiser for charity. Nuclia Waste designed the current logo for the group.
In June of 2003, the first Slut Bingo began and Coors Light came on as a sponsor of the group. Bingo became a very successful fund raiser for the group and was held every 3rd Wednesday at Broadways. The Denver Cycle Sluts decided at this time to pick a Charity of the Month, with all money raised going to that particular charity.
In October 2003, Slut Search was held at Erico Motorsports. The theme was “The Search for the Unholy Grail Girl”. Wilma Tizgro (Bret Farris) and Latexa D’Vinal (Jason Martinez) were the two contestants and became members of the group.
The Official Fan Club for the Denver Cycle Sluts was started in 2003.
In 2004, The Denver Cycle Sluts celebrated their 25th Anniversary Jubilee and held Slut Search 2004, again at Erico Motorsports. The theme was based on help wanted posters. Mandessa Cameltoe was the winner, with Sharon MaGoodies (Matt Rosencutter) and Winnie Bego (Todd Lowe) where the runners-up. Mandessa left the group shortly after her win and headed for Las Vegas to pursue her slutty talents on the Strip.
In October of 2005, Slut Search was again held at Erico Motorsports. The theme was "Sluterella: The Search for the Next Evil Stepsister." The Queen Mother Director at this time was Nuclia Waste. The winner of Slut Search 2005 was Vera Confused (one of only two females to be a Denver Cycle Slut; the other female member was Fish Pate'). Like Mandessa, Vera decided to pursue other glittery-goodness and left the group shortly after winning Slut Search.
Also in October 2005, the Denver Cycle Sluts began writing and publishing their "tongue-in-cheek" advice column entitle "Ask-A-Slut." The very first "Ask-a-Slut" column appeared in EXP Magazine in the 10.14.05-10.27.05 issue. Since October 2005, the "Ask-a-Slut" column has appeared continuously in the Denver market in such magazines as HInk, Gayzette, and OutFront Colorado, making it one of the longest-running comedy columns in the Denver gay community.
In December 2005, Nuclia Waste started the SLIT (Slut in Training) program. The SLIT program allowed aspiring SLUTS the opportunity to learn their glittery craft directly from current Sluts. Marion McKuzins (Randy Sorter) became the first SLIT and performed during the Denver Cycle Sluts' Christmas Bingo and Show held at Broadway's.
In March of 2006, The March Madness Show was held at Charlie's, and Marion McKuzins was "abducted" into the group as a Denver Cycle Slut. Later that same month, The Denver Cycle Sluts held "Amateur Bingo" and two new SLITS were introduced into the group: Sassy Squatch (Randy Morris) and Usa Prophylactic (Michael Sopiwnik).
In May of 2006, Nuclia Waste stepped down as Queen Mother Director at the "Trailer Trash Show" held at The Wave Nightclub in Denver. After Nuclia's step-down, Sharon MaGoodies stepped up and became the new Queen Mother Director.
In June of 2006, Usa Prophylactic was officially named as a Denver Cycle Slut. Shortly thereafter in July of 2006, Sassy Squatch also became an official Denver Cycle Slut.
In March of 2007, Sharon MaGoodies stepped down as Queen Mother Director and passed the crown to Wilma Titzgro.
In September of 2007, the Denver Cycle Sluts moved their monthly charity bingos from Broadway's to Club M at Hamburger Mary's Denver. Along with monthly bingos, The Denver Cycle Sluts also debuted their monthly show for charity, entitled "Thank God It's Glitter Friday!" TGIGF ran from September 2007 through May 2008.
In October of 2007, the original business structure of the Denver Cycle Sluts was dissolved and the group was reorganized, allowing for more control of the group by current/active performing members.
In 2008, The Denver Cycle Sluts appeared in a book entitled, "Denver is a Drag." The book was put together by local Denver photographer, Roy Stafford of Studio Roy. "Denver is a Drag" was a photo-montage of Denver drag queens.
In February of 2008, Wilma Titzgro passed the Queen Mother Director crown to Marion McKuzins during the "Leather Lovers TGIGF Show" held at Club M.
In December of 2008, Marion McKuzins stepped down and passed the Queen Mother Director crown to Zoey Diddim at the "Alcoholidaze 2008 Show" held as Hamburger Mary's Denver.
In 2009, Molotovia Cocktail returned from "slut retirement" to actively assist the group. Molly re-retired at the Alcoholidaze 2010 Show.
In June of 2009, The Denver Cycle Sluts celebrated their "Dirty Thirty Anniversary" with a benefit show held at Hamburger Mary's Denver in which many of the older Sluts (called SLOTS, meaning Slutty Old Things) returned to help raise money for the charity of the month.
On Saturday, July 24, 2010, Slut Search 2010 was held at Club M. Diane Tolickya (David Martinez) was the winner, and Sue Nami (Dan Yates) was the runner up.
In 2010, Le Bakery Sensual and Romantix became official sponsors of The Denver Cycle Sluts (in addition to Hamurger Mary's Denver).
In December 2010 at the "Alcoholidaze 2010 Show" held at Club M, Zoey Diddim passed the Queen Mother Director crown to Sassy Squatch.
Slut Search 2011: "Sluts & Tiaras" was held on July 17, 2011 at Club M (Hamburger Mary's Denver). The theme was based on TLC's hit show, "Toddlers & Tiaras" with six contestants (including a female competitor; only the third in Slut history) competing for the official title of "Slut." The winner of Slut Search 2011 was Rolonda Flor. The first and second runners-up were Juana Man and Bea Dazzle; both were also abducted into official Slutdom. The remaining three contestants (Eden Cox, Summer Clearance, and Osa Foxy) were asked to enter the SLIT (Slut in Training) program and all three accepted.
The Denver Cycle Sluts have currently raised over $175,000 for charities in Colorado, including Rainbow Alley, Howard Dental Center, American Indian College Fund, Kenyan Women’s Project, Sense of Security, Horizon House, People of Color Consortium Against AIDS, Prescriptions Pets, Michael J. Hart Memorial Animal Care Fund, Rape Assistance and Awareness Program, Urban Peak, Chesney Klein-John Housing, POCCA and Colorado Outspoken.