Planning on heading to Fairgrounds VIII, or, as it’s better known, Gay and Lesbian Days at Six Flags, on September 14, and worried how, among the 10,000 estimated people in attendance, you’ll be able to spot special guest Reichen Lehmkuhl?
“I’ll be the only person in the amusement park with no clothes on,” jokes everyone’s favorite former Air Force pilot. “But I will be wearing my cologne.”
Reichen is among several celebrities scheduled to appear at the park, the largest private LGBT event in the United States (Disney’s Gay Days is open to the public). Joining Reichen are Melissa Gorga and Greg Bennett (The Real Housewives of New Jersey), Dina Delicious, and DJ’s Steve Sidewalk, Seth Gold, and DJ Barney of Philly. A portion of the proceeds are benefitting the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force Action Fund.
Reichen says he signed on in part because “Roller coasters are my favorite things in the world. I’ve been to most of the Six Flags, but I haven’t been to that one.” His all-time favorite coaster resides in Kings Island, back home in Cincinnati, where he lived till he was nine.
Lucky for Reichen, Six Flags’ El Toro coaster won Amusement Today’s Golden Ticket for being the Number Two top wooden coaster in the country. Their Nitro coaster ranked Number Three for steel coasters. And they also have the Green Lantern, a stand-up coaster that takes you on a 15-story ride of steel. Oh, yeah, then there’s the SkyScreamer, a swing ride that climbs 24 stories off the ground then spins you around at 40 mph.
Not surprisingly, none of this scares Reichen, who lists, among his favorite sports activities, sky dives, Bungee jumping, water skiing, and snow-skiing. “I have an iron stomach,” he adds.
The only thing Reichen can’t guarantee is whether he’s getting VIP treatment at the park. “As far as I know I have to wait in line like everyone else.” Regardless, he says, “You’re gonna have a lot of fun; there’s no better place to hold the event. We’re all gonna let our jets out and let loose.”
As for Reichen, he’s back in L.A. for now, working on a second book about Hollywood, and considering law school. “I’ve always had a big dream to be a lawyer,” he says. “I have an interest in LGBT rights and suing bloggers for what incorrect things are said about me. I would love to be part of a system where people who are celebrities have a place to go for legal help.”
Sounds good to me, even if I don’t think it’s wise to go to Six Flags and ask Reichen for legal advice. Remember, he’s not bringing along his briefs.