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

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL GAY MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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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

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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

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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

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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.

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A Tale of Two Cities

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An aspiring drag queen named Jerry opens his door and finds a baby left on his doorstep. “He’s a straight baby, but we can co-exist. I know it can be done.” Jerry proceeds to tell the baby a Grimm’s fairy tale, but when this fails to stop the baby’s crying, he performs the entire narrative of Dickens’ classic of the French revolution, playing all the characters in only 90 minutes! Mark Chambers, the actor who played Jerry on our stage twenty years ago, will reprise his role. Contains brief partial nudity…Blink and you might miss it.

Alabama drag queen is suspended chief justice’s nightmare

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Wearing big hair, loads of makeup and high heels, small-town drag queen Ambrosia Starling is the new worst nightmare of suspended Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore.

Moore has called out Starling twice by name in recent days while defending himself against allegations of violating judicial canons with his opposition to same-sex marriage. During a news conference and in a written statement, Moore cited the cross-dressing entertainer as a reason he’s at risk of losing his job for the second time since 2003.

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Rupaul’s Drag Race announces queens for 8th season

By : Jeremy Williams
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Get ready for a lot of glam and a whole lot of shade.

Logo TV and Entertainment Weekly have released the names of the 12 queens who will strut their stuff in the eighth season of Rupaul’s Drag Race.

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Bradenton makeup artist makes boy’s dream come true, goes viral

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joey killmeyer ethan bradenton makeup artistIt appears to be a faded memory now, but for a hot minute Bradenton hair and makeup artist Joey Killmeyer was going viral.

Killmeyer was visited by Ethan, an eight-year-old with dreams of being a makeup artist, and his mother. Ethan wanted to learn to do drag makeup and is a fan of makeup artist and performer Jeffree Starr, according to Killmeyer’s now deleted Facebook page.

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Transgender actress and Warhol muse, Holly Woodlawn dies at 69

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LOS ANGELES (AP) — Holly Woodlawn, the transgender actress made famous by Andy Warhol and Paul Morrissey in their 1970s films “Trash” and “Women in Revolt,” has died.

Woodlawn died Sunday in Los Angeles after a battle with cancer, said her former caretaker and friend Mariela Huerta. She was 69.

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Faux queen Sonique rocks the stage at VMAs

By : Ciara Varone
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Parliament House Orlando’s very own faux queen* Sonique shared the stage with Miley Cyrus for the closing of what will be remembered as a very gay year for the VMAs. Cyrus, who revealed in a recent issue of Elle U.K. that she was pansexual, ended her hosting gig of the 2015 show with a dynamic performance highlighting LGBT youth and contestants from RuPaul’s Drag Race, including Sonique.

“Congrats to our very own Footlight Player, Sonique and all 30 RuPaul’s Drag Race gals on last nights EPIC closing at the VMA’s! You all rocked it!” Parliament House said in a Facebook post.

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