‘Drag Race’ star disqualified for ‘catfishing’ scam

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Sherry Pie, photo via Pie’s Facebook page.

A contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” has been disqualified for “cat-fishing” a number of young actors online.

Sherry Pie (whose non-drag name is Joey Gugliemelli) was exposed earlier this week on Facebook by an aspiring performer, Ben Shimkus, who posted what he called “a weird story” about the competitor on the popular reality show’s current season. Several other young male actors came forward soon afterward with similar tales, with Gugliemelli issuing an apology March 5.

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RuPaul series cancelled by Netflix

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: RuPaul in “AJ and the Queen,” photo courtesy Netflix.

After a debut season that was mostly dismissed by critics even as many fans embraced it, RuPaul’s Neflix series “AJ and the Queen” has been cancelled.

The show, which debuted on the streaming platform less than two months ago, followed a “down-on-her-luck” drag queen named Ruby Red (RuPaul), who embarks on a cross-country tour a rundown 1990s R/V with an 11-year-old stowaway orphan named AJ (Izzy G) after being swindled out of her life savings by a shady ex-lover.

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RuPaul set to host SNL

By : John Paul King of the washington blade, courtesy of the national LGBT media association
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Everything seems to be coming up RuPaul these days.

The Emmy-winning icon, who is not only the creator of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” but a renowned recording artist, actor, and drag superstar, has never been far out of the limelight. In recent months, however, he seems to be practically bathing in it. On January 10, Netflix premiered “AJ and the Queen,” the 10-episode comedy in which he has his first-ever leading role in a scripted TV series, and it’s been getting him plenty of extra attention.

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‘AJ and the Queen’ actor Josh Segarra on his new Netflix show with RuPaul

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Josh Segarra and RuPaul in ‘AJ and the Queen.’ (Photo by Beth Dubber; courtesy Netflix)

Actor and ally Josh Segarra has been very busy lately. His new show “AJ and the Queen” started streaming on Netflix and Segarra and his wife Brace Rice brought their second son Hank home from the hospital on Jan. 10, the same day this interview took place.

Segarra says the show’s audience will have a fun ride with star RuPaul and a beautiful bevy of queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (including guest appearances by Pork Chop, Vanessa Vanjie, Chad Michaels, Trixie Mattel, Valentina and Trinity the Tuck) as well as delicious cameos from Adrienne Barbeau, Marc Singer, Lorraine Bracco, Laura Bell Bundy, Mary Kay Place, Mario Cantone and Bridget Everett.

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RuPaul among latest inductees to California Hall of Fame

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: RuPaul, photo via RuPaul’s Facebook page.

LGBTQ entertainment icon RuPaul has become the first drag queen to be inducted into the California Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame, which was established in 2006 by the California Museum and the former California First Lady Maria Shriver, recognizes “legendary people who embody California’s innovative spirit and have made their mark on history,” according to the description on their official website.

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Netflix delivers trailer for RuPaul’s new show

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: RuPaul as Ruby Red in “AJ and the Queen,” photo via Netflix.

Netflix has dropped the official trailer for RuPaul’s new scripted series.

AJ and the Queen,” created by RuPaul with Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”), debuts on the streaming network in January, and although we’ve gotten a quick teaser trailer for it already, this is the first extended look we’ve been given to date.

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Cyndi Lauper to receive UN honor

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Cyndi Lauper, photo via Lauper’s Facebook page.

LGBTQ ally and advocate Cyndi Lauper is about to add an award from the United Nations to her already long list of honors.

The Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning songwriter and performing artist will become the first-ever recipient of The High Note Global Prize, an award honoring and celebrating major recording artists for outstanding achievement in using their music and celebrity platform to advocate for social justice worldwide.

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Netflix drops teaser trailer for new RuPaul series

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: RuPaul, photo courtesy Netflix.

The first teaser trailer for RuPaul‘s new scripted comedy series has dropped.

Co-written by RuPaul and Michael Patrick King (“Sex and the City”), “AJ and The Queen” is an upcoming hour-long scripted comedy series that comes to Netflix in January.

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VH1 renews ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’

By : Mariah Cooper of the Washington Blade, Courtesy of the National LGBT Media Association
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VH1 has renewed the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” franchise for two more seasons.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 5” and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 12 have been greenlit by the network, RuPaul announced in a video clip posted on Monday.

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‘Pose’ scores six history-making Emmy nominations

By : Mariah Cooper OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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“Pose” landed six Emmy nominations, including Outstanding Drama Series and a Best Actor nomination for Billy Porter, marking a historic milestone for the first television series to feature the largest cast of LGBTQ actors.

Porter, who portrays Pray Tell on “Pose” is the first openly gay black man to be nominated for an Emmy.

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50 artists honor Stonewall’s 50th for MIZE Gallery’s ‘ICONS: LGBTQ+ Portraits’

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ABOVE: Donna Summer by Karen Schremmer.

St. Petersburg-based artist Chad Mize is kind of a big deal. When he isn’t printing his popular “World Tour” T-Shirts which group Paris, London and Tokyo with St. Pete—sold throughout Tampa Bay and worn worldwide—he’s designing licensed, limited-edition snapback hats for the Tampa Bay Rays.

That’s in addition to painting intricate murals, which are found all across Clearwater, St. Petersburg and Tampa, and curating monthly exhibits featuring established and emerging artists at MIZE Gallery. Opened last year, the gallery is bringing art enthusiasts to St. Petersburg’s Historic Uptown neighborhood in droves.

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Remembering Judy — is her Stonewall connection reality or myth?

By : Brian T. Carney OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Judy Garland with co-star James Mason in ‘A Star is Born.’ (Photo courtesy AFI)

June 2019 marks not only the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, but also the 50th anniversary of the death of queer icon Judy Garland, as well as the anniversary of her birth in 1922.

In the early stories about the insurrection, there was a direct connection between the two events. Garland died in London on June 22, just 12 days after her 47th birthday. On June 26, her remains were flown to Manhattan; thousands of devastated fans came to pay their respects and the funeral parlor had to remain open all night long to accommodate overflow crowds.

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