Colorado Archbishop calls out Catholic school for supporting student drag show

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DENVER (AP) | The Catholic archbishop of Denver called out a local Jesuit-Catholic university’s provost for encouraging faculty to attend a student drag show.

The Denver Post reports Regis University Provost Janet Houser urged teachers to attend the show as a way of supporting LGBTQ students. Houser also suggested they avoid language that reinforces the gender binary — including saying “ladies and gentlemen.”

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PHOTOS: Sanford Pride brings rainbows and clear skies for weekend festival

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SANFORD, Fla. | The weather was perfect for the third annual Sanford Pride festival held in downtown Sanford Nov. 3.

Attendees were treated to live entertainment, food trucks, drag performances and a city proclamation from the Mayor of Sanford.

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06.28.18 Tampa Bay Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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You can ask any of my friends or family, here at Watermark or otherwise, and they’ll tell you it’s no secret that I love drag.

I don’t do it myself, given my penchant for facial hair and the amount of foam it would take to give me a proper backside, but it’s something I’ve respected for most of my life. It’s a love and respect that began in 1996.

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Parliament House kicks off Gay Days with traditional PI@PH

By : Danny Garcia
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The world famous Parliament House got its Gay Days started with its PI @ PH celebration.

P House’s annual tradition featured amazing drag performances, the hottest music and a fantastic show from Hamburger Mary’s Broadway Brunch Bunch.

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Drag superstar Bianca Del Rio offers up her own brand of guidance in a new advice book

By : Gregg Shapiro
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When I first heard that Bianca Del Rio had written a book, in true Bianca Del Rio fashion I thought, “Wrote a book? I didn’t even know she could read a book!” Cue the laughs.

Undoubtedly the greatest success story that “RuPaul’s Drag Race” ever launched out of the starting gate, Del Rio consistently sells out concert venues for her live shows, has graced the silver screen in “Hurricane Bianca” and its new sequel “Hurricane Bianca: From Russia With Hate” and now has a new book of advice, “Blame It On Bianca Del Rio: The Expert On Nothing With An Opinion On Everything“ to her name.

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Arrest made in D.C. gay murder

By : Lou Chibbaro Jr OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sean Anderson was shot to death on March 24. Photo courtesy MPD.

D.C. police announced on Monday that they have arrested a 35-year-old District man for the March 24 shooting death of Sean Anderson, 48, who was found dead in an apartment at the Marbury Plaza Apartments on Good Hope Rd, S.E. in Anacostia.

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Sashay Away

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Hamburger Mary’s Tampa has filed a motion to dismiss the legal complaint filed by Colorado resident Neldin Molina seeking $1.5 million in compensatory damages from the popular eatery and drag performer “Amanda D’Hod.”

According to paperwork filed in mid-February, Molina’s lawsuit alleges that she was injured by the performer’s breasts during a dinner in 2015, though it notes “Amanda D’Hod” may not be the performer’s name. It further asserts that she wasn’t warned by the entertainment eatery about the evening’s drag performances, and argues that as a result she now faces morbidity, mortality and chronic non-malignant pain from the alleged incident.

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2018 WAVE Awards Spotlight: Alexis De La Mer

By : Ryan Williams-Jent
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TAMPA BAY’S FAVORITE LOCAL PERFORMER: DRAG, WHO SHOULD BE ON THE COVER OF WATERMARK’S WAVES ISSUE

“Coming from New York, my drag is a little outrageous and a little more colorful than most of the drag queens in the Tampa Bay area,” Alexis De La Mer says. “Drag is an art form to me.”

The queen’s name stems from her favorite soap opera Dynasty, and in particular its character Alexis Carrington. “She was always dressed up in beautiful evening gowns and business suits with furs,” De La Mer says, “and dripping in jewelry. She always had a beautiful, hot young man by her side… I said, ‘I want to be just like her.’”

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Art Is A Drag returns to the Sanford Art Walk

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As part of the Sanford Art Walk, Art is a Drag 2 returned featuring lots of well known Central Florida drag performers invading historic downtown Sanford for the art stroll and ending with a night of drag at the Wayne Densch Theatre.

Throughout the walk and the performance, guests of Art is a Drag 2 were introduced to the 13 Heels Project, which included a special high heel honoring the 49 victims of the Pulse massacre. The funds raised from this specific heel went to The 49 Fund scholarship program.

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A Night with Varla Jean Merman

By : Alex Storer
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Come see Varla Jean Merman in her award-winning, one-woman show for an ONE exclusive night of comedy and song to benefit The Zebra Coalition, presented by The Orlando Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

You’ve seen her on Project Runway, on stage in Provincetown, on the big screen in “Girls Will Be Girls,” and now she’s performing live in a special one night event at the Parliament House where ALL of the proceeds from the shows will go to charity.

$45 online VIP Tickets get priority reserved seating AND a photo op with Varla Jean Merman. ($50 at the door, if available).

$25 online General Admission is first come – first served seating as long as it lasts, and standing room after that ($30 at the door, if available).

ONE NIGHT – TWO SHOWS! – Pick one:
Early show – 7:00pm
Late show – 9:00pm

Documentary explores drag scene in city of the US heartland

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP)- Filmmaker Gabrielle Burton says she didn’t plan for her documentary about the drag scene in Ohio’s capital city to achieve wider distribution at a time of political and cultural division.

But becoming comfortable with complex subjects is something everyone needs at the moment, Burton says.

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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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