Wendy Williams again facing criticism for ‘dismissive’ treatment of catfish victims

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Wendy Williams, photo via “The Wendy Williams Show” Facebook page.

Talk show host Wendy Williams is under fire again, this time for a program about the recent “catfishing” scam perpetrated by a former contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Sherry Pie (whose non-drag name is Joey Gugliemelli) was exposed on Facebook earlier this month 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 a few days later.

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‘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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‘Drag Race’ queens Kim Chi and Miz Cracker are making Super Bowl history

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For the first time in the big game’s history, drag queens will appear in a televised Super Bowl commercial 

RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni Kim Chi and Miz Cracker will appear in a commercial for the hummus brand, Sabra, during Super Bowl LIV between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Francisco 49ers Feb. 2.

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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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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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Olivia Newton-John talks cannabis, Christmas and community ahead of ‘Grease’ sing-a-long in Tampa

By : Kirk Hartlage
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This holiday season Olivia Newton-John is dreaming of a green Christmas in more ways than one.

Despite battling breast cancer for the third time, the singer and actress is maintaining a busy schedule of events that keeps her connected to her fans while still raising money and awareness about the disease.

Just a few weeks ago she raised lots of green – a reported $2.7 million – through an auction of outfits and other items from her career. Among the items sold: Newton-John’s “Bad Sandy” leather jacket and skintight pants from “Grease.” The black satin pants were purchased by Spanx founder Sara Blakely, a Clearwater native and “Grease” superfan who once hired Newton-John to sing at her wedding.

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Watermark Giveaway: Tickets to see ‘A Drag Queen Christmas’ hosted by Nina West

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It’s the holidays and Watermark wants to gift you a pair of tickets to see some the most popular queens from “RuPaul’s Drag Race” this season!

“A Drag Queen Christmas” — hosted by Nina West and featuring Latrice Royal, Shuga Cain, Shea Coulee, William, Thorgy Thor, Lady Bunny and more singing seasonal classics and bringing that naughty holiday spirit — will be at The Plaza Live in Orlando Dec. 27 and the Straz Center in Tampa Dec. 29.

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11.27.19 Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk

By : Jeremy Williams
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As singer Andy Williams (no relation) stated in 1963 — and nearly every other singer and musician since then — “it’s the most wonderful time of the year!”

That’s right, it’s the holiday season, and this Central Florida Bureau Chief’s Desk publishes the day before Thanksgiving and my next one, the final one of 2019, will be out the day after Christmas. So this is my final opportunity to let you all know what I want for Christmas this year.

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Watermark’s Wedding Bells: Christopher and Kahmari Ellis

By : Tiffany Razzano
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As Christopher Ellis waited for the SkyConnect to take him from Tampa International Airport’s main terminal to the gate of his California-bound flight in November 2018, he paused when he overheard a guy exiting the tram discussing “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

“This piqued my interest. Being an ex-bartender at Flamingo Resort, I know some of the girls,” he says.

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Ocasio-Cortez goes fangirl for Sasha Velour

By : John Paul King OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) went to a performance by Sasha Velour on Monday night, and came out sounding like the drag queen’s biggest fan.

The House freshman met with the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alum after the Washington, D.C. show, calling the performance “incredible” and “amazing.”

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7 LGBTQ moments from the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards

By : Lora Korpar
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It was a historic night for the LGBTQ community inside the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles for the 71st Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 22.

While the nights top prizes went to “Game of Thrones” and “Fleabag,” many LGBTQ entertainers, shows and issues took center stage. Here are seven of the most talked about LGBTQ moments from the show.

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