1st drag show at Utah State University draws large crowd

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LOGAN, Utah (AP) | The first-ever drag show at traditionally conservative Utah State University drew a large and supportive crowd to cheer on 10 drag performers in an event that organizers said marks progress on LGBTQ issues.

Last week’s show was held as part of a discussion about drag culture and the LGBTQ community. Performers not only danced and sang but also answered questions about what taking part in the show meant to them, The Salt Lake Tribune reports.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4’ announces cast

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4” unveiled which queens will return to battle it out for the crown.

Entertainment Weekly announced that this season’s cast includes Farrah Moan (season nine), Gia Gunn (season six), Jasmine Masters (season seven), Manila Luzon (season three, All Stars 1), Monét X Change (season 10), Monique Heart (season 10), Naomi Smalls (season eight), Latrice Royale (season four, All Stars 1), Trinity the Tuck (season nine) and Valentina (season nine).

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ will crown a Christmas queen on holiday special

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” will return to crown the first “Drag Race Christmas Queen” on a special holiday episode, according to Vulture.

Previous contestants from past seasons will come back to battle it out for a mini all-star competition. Returning queens include Kim Chi, Trixie Mattel, Mayhem Miller, Jasmine Masters, Eureka O’Hara, Latrice Royale, Shangela and Sonique.

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RuPaul and ‘Drag Race’ winner Raja to guest star on ‘The Simpsons’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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RuPaul and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season three winner Raja will make guest appearances on “The Simpsons.”

Ru will play a character called Queen Chante and Raja will voice a cartoon version of herself. They both made the big reveals on their Instagrams.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ alum Morgan McMichaels breaks hand punching Nazi

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Morgan McMichaels, who appeared on “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3,” revealed that his hand is broken because he punched a Nazi.

McMichaels posted a photo of his hand in a cast captioned: “So ya my hand is broken …. I was approached by a man at the store Who informed me that he was a Nazi and he wanted to cut my faggot throat after he took a swing I obliged him and finished the fight…. this faggot will not be victimized.”

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Grindr looks to end discrimination, bullying on app with new initiative Kindr

By : Melanie Ararat
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Grindr, the social networking and dating app for gay men, launched an anti-discrimination, anti-bullying initiative as a part of the app called Kindr Sept. 18.

Kindr was announced in July in a video posted to Grindr’s Instagram with audio of men talking about sexual racism and different forms of discrimination.

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RuPaul, Ellen DeGeneres and Ryan Murphy among 2018 Emmy nominations

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ABOVE: RuPaul and Jane Lynch at the 2016 Emmy Awards. Photo courtesy of Emmys.com.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Award nominations were announced July 12.

After 18 years of leading the pack with the most nominations, HBO —which received 108 — was unseated by Netflix with its 112 nominations. Among those 112 nominations include one for the “Queer Eye” reboot for Best Structured Reality Program, “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s” Tituss Burgess for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series and “Grace and Frankie’s” Lily Tomlin for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

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Florida’s drag families prove Mum’s the word

By : Ryan Williams-Jent, Divine Grace
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Drag culture is intrinsically tied to the LGBTQ community, from Stonewall to the life-dependent lip-syncs now featured weekly on VH1. Now more than ever it borders on the mainstream, with the art form highlighted (and contoured) on televisions worldwide and available now on iTunes.

As drag paints itself even further into the history of pop culture, it can be easy to forget that it has its detractors, often found in the safe spaces drag performers share. It can lead to camaraderie amongst entertainers as they gravitate toward one another for belonging and assistance, creating both a sense of family and of home.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ crowns winning queen in season 10 finale

By : Jeremy Brener
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SPOILERS: The article below contains spoilers from the season 10 finale of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and reveals last night’s winner.

If you haven’t watched yet DO NOT continue pass the jump.

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06.28.18 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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Growing up there were a lot of things I wanted to do with my life. I remember my mom telling me stories about when I was a kid telling her I was going to be the President of the United States. Well that didn’t happen, and at this point I don’t think I would want that office.

I developed a passion for writing not long after that. When I was a young teen that passion for writing turned into a passion for journalism after I saw the movie “All The President’s Men” on HBO. If I couldn’t be President, maybe I could be one of the guys who brought one down.

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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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Asia O’Hara says she was ‘threatened to be burned alive’ by online trolls

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Asia O’Hara revealed she received death threats on social media because of her race in a heartfelt Twitter post.

O’Hara, who is a finalist on season 10, posted an emotional note on Twitter explaining her absence from the social media platform.

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