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

By : Jeremy Williams
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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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Jane Krakowski reveals her 7-year-old son is a ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ fan

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Jane Krakowski revealed she learned her 7-year-old son is a fan of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” after she discovered him dressing in drag for a playdate.

Speaking with Seth Meyers in promotion of the fourth season of “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” Krakowski says that while on a playdate her son dressed in a princess dress, contoured his face and used purple marker for eyeshadow. He pretended to walk down a runway completing his performance by saying “Fashion!”

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Tampa Bay’s Overheard: Your son’ll come out tomorrow

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MattocS Productions, American Stage and the Suncoast AIDS Theatre Project will bring their latest Pride parody musical to St. Petersburg on June 25 with “Dannie.”

The spoof “skewers one of Broadway’s biggest blockbusters,” American Stage advises. It follows Scott Daniel’s Dannie, a young orphan with big dreams of starring on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” The awful Miss Mannigan (Matthew McGee) aims to stop her—while Sugar Daddy Bigbucks (Jonathan Harrison) tries to adopt the orphan to “bankroll her dreams of stardom.”

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Bob The Drag Queen drags Azealia Banks in diss track

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Bob The Drag Queen has responded to the Azealia Banks controversy with a read on the controversial rapper.

Banks, who is bisexual, accused RuPaul of plagiarizing her song “The Big Big Beat” in his song “Call Me Mother.” She also ranted against “white gays” and the LGBTQ community.

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Monét X Change slams Azealia Banks for Twitter rant against LGBT community

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Monét X Change called out Azealia Banks on Twitter after Banks went on a Twitter tirade against “white gays” and the rest of the LGBT community.

Banks, 27, accused RuPaul of plagiarizing her song “The Big Big Beat” for his single “Call Me Mother” from his 2016 album “American.”

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More than 2 million attend São Paulo Pride parade

By : Felipe Alface OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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SÃO PAULO — More than two million people attended São Paulo’s annual Pride parade that took place on Sunday.

The theme for this year’s parade was “Elections: Our vote, our voice. Power to LGBTIQ+ people.”

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