Author Archives: Chris Andoe

About Chris Andoe

Chris Andoe

In the preface of his critically acclaimed book Delusions of Grandeur: A Few Hundred Tales From the Emperor of St. Louis, Metrosource NYC editor Paul Hagen writes, "Chris's writing - in particular his chronicles of the goings on in around St. Louis - had the urgency of a journalist embedded in a war zone...He opened doors to a world of people with multiple aliases and secret identities, sinister perpetrators of long cons, and drag performers who embody every aspect of the world legendary." Andoe's long-running "Tales From the Emperor" column in Vital VOICE attracts an international following. When he's not writing or touring, his interests include politics, climbing through abandoned buildings and knocking wigs back.

Chris Andoe

Clementines St. Louis: 1978 – 2014

Clementines, the oldest St. Louis LGBT bar in operation, is officially closing on Sept. 29, 2014. The news sent shockwaves through social media, with reports of the bar being sold to a new owner that plans to make it a mainstream sports bar. Several patrons, including CJC John C, say they were told by employees […]

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Cor Jesu Academy Terminates Two Women over Sexual Orientation

Updated 9/1/14 When Pope Francis was questioned on homosexuality, his reply was, “Who am I to judge?” Although the Pope might not feel comfortable judging one’s sexual orientation, administrators at Cor Jesu Academy, a Catholic all-girls school in St. Louis, are perfectly comfortable doing so. According to insiders forbidden from discussing the situation, two women […]

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Jason Walker “Tells It”

In an otherwise lackluster summer of music, one bright spot has been Jason Walker, whose cover of Taylor Dayne’s “Tell it to My Heart” is strikingly similar to the original, while injecting a lot of emotion to give it his own fresh take. His first album, This Is My Life, produced three consecutive number-one Billboard […]

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EJ Johnson Talks Fashion, Family and Being Fabulous

The openly gay son of Magic Johnson and #RichKids of Beverly Hills star EJ Johnson is fashionable and flamboyant. Raised in the gay mecca of West Hollywood, Johnson exudes confidence with his bold style, which this season includes a lot of fringe and an array of Chanel bags. Although many gay kids feel pressure to […]

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Beam Me Up, Scotty

In preparation for our rooftop event at the Moonrise Hotel, Queens In Space: The Sequel, Vital VOICE scoured the universe to book entertainers with cosmic appeal, including YouTube sensation Scotty Dynamo. A full-fledged (and often shirtless) entertainer, Dynamo’s been referred to as a “superstar-in-the-making” by heavy hitters in the industry. Born and raised in Toronto, […]

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