Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching kids about gender fluidity, acceptance

By : Layla Ferris
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Drag Queen Story Hour is teaching children throughout the nation about gender fluidity.

The 45-minute program is led by a drag queen who is trained by children’s librarians to read picture books, sing and guide children through craft activities, according to the New York Public Library website.

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RuPaul will soon launch a makeup line with Mally Beauty

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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RuPaul is collaborating with cosmetics brand Mally Beauty to create his own makeup line.

The collection will feature ten to twelve products curated by Ru himself. It’s set to launch early next year.

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John Mulaney serves up shade as a drag queen waitress on ‘SNL’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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John Mulaney turned a lighthearted drag brunch into a dark experience for one diner in a sketch for “Saturday Night Live.”

Mulaney portrayed Tawny Pockets, a drag queen brunch waitress who slings out shady one-liners to delighted customers. While Tawny makes fun of other diners for their fake Chanel bags and poorly applied smokey eye, she takes special pleasure insulting diner Gary.

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Former ‘American Idol’ contestant returns to compete in drag

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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A former “American Idol” contestant returned to audition as their drag queen persona on Sunday night’s episode.

Adam Sanders first auditioned for the reality competition series in season 12 when he was 19 years old. Sanders was cut after making it to the top 50.

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An Homage to Five Generations of Black Entertainers in Orlando

By : Alma J. Hill
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In 1888, the first recorded arrests in the United States for female impersonation took place at the home of William Dorsey Swann, a black man.  Less than a mile from the White House, Swann and twelve other men of color were arrested and charged with vagrancy after police raided a secret drag dance he was hosting. The following day the headline in the Evening Star read “Colored Men in Female Attire.”

The erasure of the contributions and sacrifices of people of color is rampant throughout our history, not only as a country, but as a community. Individuals of color have long been an integral part of the LGBTQ community and they are deserving of recognition and praise.

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Chris Weaver returns to ‘The Voice’ for drag version of ‘Bang Bang’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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(Screenshot from YouTube)

Former contestant Chris Weaver returned to the season finale of “The Voice” as his drag queen persona Nedra Belle to perform “Bang Bang” along with Jessie J.

Weaver, who was picked by Jennifer Hudson for her team, was eliminated during the playoff rounds. He returned as Nedra Belle alongside fellow drag queens Jan Sport, Lagoona Bloo and Rosé. The performance started off with a black and white video playing “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” by Nancy Sinatra.

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Hundreds of thousands at Brazil’s massive gay pride parade

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SAO PAULO (AP) – Hundreds of thousands of revelers gathered in Sao Paulo June 18 for one of the world’s largest gay pride parades with this year’s event focusing on the threat of religious fundamentalism to Brazil’s LGBT community.

Under a giant rainbow-colored flag, revelers of all ages, many wearing bright wigs, turned the city’s Paulista avenue into a multicolored sea of people filling more than 10 city blocks. Organizers said they expected 3 million people to participate in Sao Paulo’s 21st annual gay pride parade, though military police did not release a crowd estimate.

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RuPaul covers Entertainment Weekly Pride issue

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RuPaul is the cover girl for Entertainment Weekly’s Pride edition.

The issue chronicles Ru’s rise to stardom and examines the influence he’s had as the first drag queen to break mainstream.

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Passing of beloved Tampa Bay drag queen spurs fight against silicone procedures, memorial fund

By : Alexis Vilaboy
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(Photo by Erika Wagner Artistry, from Tanisha Cassadine’s Facebook page.)

TAMPA – In the month since Tanisha Cassadine died due to complications from silicone injections, almost $600 has been raised toward the memorial fund in her honor.

“Tanisha wasn’t just an employee at Hamburger Mary’s,” says Kurt King, who owns multiple franchises of the restaurant. “She was loved all over the United States. She is the Cassadine. Her name was everything.”

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Tampa Bay drag queen star Natasha Richards dies at 44

By : Chelsea Santiago
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Renowned Tampa Bay drag performer Natasha Richards, who lit up every stage she stepped on, died Dec. 2.

The Clearwater-based performer won dozens of titles in local and national drag pageants, including Miss National 2003 and Miss Gay USofA 1996.

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Del Rio’s comedy film ‘Hurricane Bianca’ gets release date

By : Jeremy Williams
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Bianca Del Rio, the fabulous forked-tongue queen best known for winning season six of RuPaul’s Drag Race, finally has a release date for her comedy film Hurricane Bianca.

Del Rio stars as a teacher in a small town in Texas who is fired for being gay. Del Rio is run out of town only to come back as “Bianca” ready to extract revenge on those who ran her off.

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Tales of Transformation

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TALES OF TRANSFORMATION
in the Raymond James Theatre
JUNE 6, 2016 @ 7:00PM

A daring performance and engaging community conversation brought to American Stage by Your Real Stories.

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times…” In A TALE OF TWO CITIES, an aspiring drag queen opens his door to find a baby left on his doorstep. To stop the baby’s crying, he performs the entire narrative of Dickens’ classic rendition of the French revolution.

The play questions our connections with one another and our history, while challenging perspectives on acceptance in our society. “He’s a straight baby, but we can co-exist. I know it can be done.”

In Tales of Transformation, Your Real Stories presents moving and poignant monologues based on interviews with two inspiring community members, shining a light on their experiencesof performing drag and of transitioning during an era of intolerance. These different, yet juxtaposed local stories reveal what is not understood or remembered about LGBT stories, struggles, and accomplishments in our community.

TICKETS: $12