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. Helen was joined by by Bonita Bulge (Fred Valdez), Mona Lott (Greg Lowe), Donna Drag (Thom Frey), Constance Hardon (Buddy Cressey), Lucinda West (Michael West) and Venetia Blind (Vince Kline) to form the original Denver Cycle Sluts.
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 and Constance Hard-On. The group only had three members with the third being Lucinda West. Venetia Blind returned and brought a new member 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 Emperor Glen Emery of 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 still living in California came to Denver and 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.
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 XXVII of the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire, which he accomplished in 2000.
During 2000, Thom Frey, Michael Graczyk, Glen Emery and Tim Fisher 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. Molly consulted with the other members and will their agreement 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. For the next few years, Erico Motorsports sponsored the Denver Cycle Sluts in the parade. The float won the “Most Outrageous” award.
In September 2001 the group was invited to be command performers in Des Moines, Iowa for their Coronation and opened the second set with a 22 minute production of Little Shop of Horrors with the Empress Ruby James Knight playing Audrey. She is still the only reigning Monarch to be a part of a Denver Cycle Slut coronation command, as of 2014. They have been invited back to Iowa every year since. The group was also invited to be a command at the Colorado Springs coronation in November 2001.
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. Molotovia added a red jeweled ring to the Queen Mother’s Jewels.
In 2002 and 2003 the group branched out and performed for various groups and did a stint as waitresses in a restaurant all for charity.
Anita Uranus retired in January of 2003.
At the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire's coronation in April 2003 Latexa D'Vynal was announced as a SLIT. Signifying she had not reached full Glitter Slutdom but was recognized as a helpful helper. Think trashy admin assistant.
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 Girl”. Wilma Titzgro (Bret Farris) and Latexa D’Vynal (Jason Martinez) were the two contestants and became members of the group.
In September 2004 Empress XI of the Imperial Court of Iowa bestowed a Life Time title upon the Denver Cycle Sluts naming them "The Nocturnal Imperial Coven of The Snowy Owl".
In October 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. Iona Trailer and Portia Potty both retired at the show. Latexa also left the group.
In October of 2005, Slut Search was again held at Erico Motorsports. The theme was "Sluterella: The Search for the Next Evil Stepsister." 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. Gabbriella Butz'in stepped down as Queen Mother and passed the job on to Nuclia Waste. Gabbriella added a ring and the Queen Mother septer (a bat) to the crown jewels.
In December 2005, The group 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 to enter the SLIT program 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. At Nuclia's step-down, Sharon MaGoodies stepped up and became the new Queen Mother Director. Nuclia added a red jeweled necklace to the Queen Mother's jewels
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 September Of 2006, The Sluts were a Command for Emperor James McLaughlin and Empress Iris Aspire Jackson of Iowa. The time limit was 7 minutes but in true Slut fashion the group (consisting of Wilma, Zoey, Usa and Fred) took 17 minutes and had the dias cleared for the performance. In the performance there was a gun shot. Happy New Year Cambodia!!! History was made.
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. Fred Valdez took on the job of treasurer to help manage the funds and the group filed the papers to become a not for profit charity.
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. Wilma added a bracelet to the Queen Mother's jewels.
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. Marion gave out three Titles of Honor to Fred Valdez, Courtney "kiddo" Oldham and Usa Prophylactic (who had left the group) in recognition of continued support of the goals and success of the group. Marion also added 2 pins to the Queen Mother's jewels one of which had belonged to Sandi Fran Crisco as a reminder of those who had passed on.
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. In recognition of the beginnings of the Denver Cycle Sluts, the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire was given the title of The Foundation of the Glitter. The group also started the sponsorship by Hamurger Mary's as a joint entry in the Denver Pride Parade.
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 Hamburger 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. Sue Nami left the group to run for Emperor of the ICRME. Zoey added a bejeweled shot flask to the Queen Mother's jewels.
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.
In June of 2012 the annual Slut Search was themed Beyond Glitterdome- Rise of the Sluts. There was one contestant but it was decided that she would do better as a SLIT. She left a few months later. At the Alcoholidaze show that year Diane Tolickya retired from the group. Sassy Squatch stepped down as Queen Mother and passed the crown back to Zoey Diddim. Sassy added a diary to the Queen Mother's jewels to hold the words of wisdom for all future Queen Mothers.
In April 2013, Emperor XXXIX Ken Bazan bestowed the Permanent Title of "The Glitter Goddesses of Global Goodwill to All Monarchs for Life" to the Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire. Soon after Latexa D'Vynal returned to the fold after a 10 year absence.
That July was the Slut Search themed Plan 69 From Outer Space. There were two contestants. Cookie Fortuna (Rob Gleichmann) won and Phillis Basket (Tim Williams) was the runner up. Both joined the group. In September the eight active members traveled to Des Moines to become the largest group of Sluts to attend a Coronation. The Board of Directors and the stepping down Monarchs (Matt Aspire Jackson and Muffy Rosenberg) proclaimed the Denver Cycle Sluts were to have a permanent command.
In December of 2013 Juana Mann retired at the Alcoholidaze show.
In early 2014 Latexa and Phillis took sabbaticals but six months later Latexa returned. The Slut Search became a show that June as there weren't any contestants brave enough to try out. In December, at the Alcoholidaze show, Zoey Diddim stepped down again and passed on the crown to Bea Dazzle. Zoey gave out three Titles of Honor to Bonita Bulge, Ken Bazan and Martini Monroe for their long time support to the group. Since the old crown was showing it's age, Zoey (with Holly Would's approval) retired to old crown and donated a new one. Both Sassy Squatch and Rolonda Flor retired that night.
2015 looks to continue the journey in glittered style.
The Denver Cycle Sluts have so far raised over $250,000 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, Birthday Smiles, Colorado ManREACH, CAP food bank, and Colorado Outspoken.