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  • 'RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2' Winner Alaska - Crown Firmly Placed: She’s Not Looking Back and Serving a Big Slice of 'Poundcake'

    From the moment she strutted into the workroom on Season Five of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” with her signature “Hieeeeeee!” we kind of had a feeling that Alaska was going to be a superstar.

  • ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Says Farewell to Trinity K. Bonet

    Trinity K. Bonet

    Trinity K. Bonet was the heart of this year's roster of divas on "RuPaul's Drag Race.”

  • ’Drag Race’ Comes Under Fire for Transphobia, RuPaul Responds

    A recent challenge titled "Female or She-Male" on an episode of Logo’s popular reality competition series "RuPaul’s Drag Race" has some crying "transphobia." In response to the criticism, RuPaul Charles and members of the production company World of Wonder issued a statement,Slate reports.

  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestant Dax Exclamationpoint, was the second girl to be eliminated from the show, and the first of the night’s double elimination.

    Q: You were the “Queen of Cosplay” for this season on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. Right off the bat, who is your favorite superhero? 

    A: Oh Storm from “X-Men” of course! 

    Q: Your lip synch with Laila McQueen is going to go down in history as only the second double elimination in “RuPaul’s Drag Race” history. What do you think really happened to end up having you “sashay away” so early in the season? 

    A: Neither Laila or I are girls that do disco songs, I mean, “I Wil Survive” is definitely not one of my go-to tracks. Everyone knows that song and it’s so iconic and classic, but I don't think I would ever do that song in a performance, I mean it’s such a classic! I was in a dress that I really didn’t like, and I’m performing a song I didn’t really like, in front of a bunch of people that I really respected, as well as cameras. I think it was a whole bunch of things that just really made it not my night. I mean, we all have bad days, but mine happened to be on camera. You’re welcome!

    Q: Were you surprised that it was actually a double elimination? 

    A: I was, very surprised actually! I was hoping that I was going to at least go back to the workroom, take the critiques to heart, learn from them, things like that. But that was not the way it was meant to be. 

    Q: Now that the whole “Drag Race” experience is in the rearview mirror, what do you think was your favorite part of the entire time you were on the show? 

    A: I think looking back, meeting the girls was the best part definitely. I loved the “Hello Kitty” challenge, I’m glad I got to do that at least. I was really looking forward to design challenges, where I could really make something and things like that. I kind of looked at it more as a chance to do the best work that I could for the time that I was there and I t don’t think I got the chance to really do that or show that. I don't think I got the chance to really show the best work that I could. 

    Q: What do you think was the hardest part of the experience was? 

    A: I definitely think the “Bitch Perfect” choreography challenge was the toughest part. If I had more time, maybe it would have been. The whole process is really fast paced and stressful; they give you your task and you have to immediately go and do it, so it’s really tough. For example, I made the “Hello Kitty” dress in seven hours. That’s seven hours for both the dress and then do my makeup and prepare for the runway. It’s a tight schedule for sure. There are always hiccups while we were there also, I mean, the power went out for three hours while we were on the set on our first day. It has to be fast paced though, you know? Same thing with the critiques we get on the runway, if they have a lot to say, it can go on for quite a while, And let me tell you, those critiques go in! That’s what keeps the show dramatic though. 

    Q: You’ve worked closely with your fellow queens, so at this point, who do you think has the chance to go all the way? 

    A: It could really be anybody. It’s so up in the air, and all of the girls are really talented in their own way. It’s only been two episodes, so it’s really hard to tell right now. Obviously, Kim Chi is absolutely stunning to look at, her creativity is ridiculous. I just want to get up inside her brain and peek around for a while. I mean her performances-- her on stage is so much fun to watch. Bob the Drag Queen and Thorgy Thor are hilarious, Naomi (Smalls) is gorgeous and amazing too. Everyone is so different and there are no two girls that are alike. 

    Q: Who were you going to do for “Snatch Game”? 

    A: Scary Spice. I was looking so forward to it, you have no idea! 

    Q: What do you think the love affair between gay men and superheroes stems from? 

    A: I that there is always something weird, sad, or wrong with them. They have secret powers that they have, and no one can ever know! I think all of those parallels all come into play. 

    Q: Now that you have national exposure, where do you think you want to go in the next five years? 

    A: I really want to bridge the gap between drag and cosplay, go to conventions-- really create art. I’m working on a graphic novel right now, hopefully it will be ready soon, once I have time to finish it up. I really just want to concentrate on my art in general. 

  • “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Winner Announced

    In season six, after a tense competition between the top three competitors: Bianca Del Rio, Adore Delano and Courtney Act, a winner was announced.

  • 12-Year-Old Boy Arrested After Allegedly Shooting at Trans Woman

    A 12-year-old boy was arrested in Orlando, Fla. Thursday after allegedly shooting at a transgender woman, who was not hit, according to local news station News 13.

  • Activists Urge RuPaul to Dethrone 'Drag Race' Winner Over Suicide Tweets

    A group of angry activists is hoping "RuPaul's Drag Race" Season 2 winner Tyra Sanchez will sashay away forever. They are calling on RuPaul to revoke her crown and title over comments she made via social media about suicide.

  • Alyssa Edwards is the Third All-Star to be Eliminated from RuPaul’s 2nd All-Star Season

    While Alyssa Edwards may call herself a “lovely fifth alternative,” she is by far, one of the most popular queens to ever hit the main stage on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. It was no surprise that fans were thrilled to see her name on the list of queens returning for redemption when “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” was announced, and during her time on the show, she did not disappoint. Sadly, Edwards was eliminated on last week’s show...or was she? The final scene showed all eliminated queens (including Edwards) returning for another possible shot at the crown. I sat down for a chat with Alyssa to talk about her “All Stars 2” experience, her dance company Beyond Belief and what she thinks “Drag Race” has done for the community. 

  • Back from Season Five, Detox Dishes on RuPaul’s All Stars 2

    From the minute she strutted the runway on the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season five finale in top-to-bottom black-and-white makeup, we knew we had not seen the last of Detox.

  • Bisexuality is a Laughing Matter in Festival Film

    “When it comes to politics or cultural identity or sexual identity, I needed people to understand that there are different shades of grey,” explained actress, writer and executive producer Jezabel Montero.

  • Carson Kressley hit the judges table of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” last season

    Carson Kressley hit the judges table of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” last season, and (along with Ross Matthews) has become a beloved part of the panel. Giving his critiques with his own special brand of with, along with fashion advice only this industry could dish out. Carson sat down for a chat with us to talk about returning to the judges’ panel on the eighth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, why he thinks drag queens are the superheroes of our community, and what we can expect on his upcoming stint as one of the competitor’s on “Celebrity Apprentice”

    Q: This season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is your second time back to the table as a regular judge, rotating with Ross Matthews. How does it feel to have your freshman season over? 


    A: I am so glad they had me back! You know, I’ve done so many television shows in the past fifteen years or so and this one doesn’t even feel like work. You get to be with Ru and Michelle (Visage) and wear a cute outfit, and see a great show. We just have the greatest time! Don’t tell LOGO, but it doesn’t feel like work! 

    Q: For you, what does the art of drag and drag queens, mean to you as a role throughout your life in the community? 


    A: You know I think drag queens are the superheroes of our community. Coming up gay on the East Coast, living through the AIDS crisis, the drag queens are just such an important part of our community. At times when things were really bleak, it was the drag community that kept us laughing and kept us positive through some really rough times. 

    Q: Many people think that culturally, “Drag Race” is ultra-important to our community. Do you agree?


    A: Yeah I do. I think any time people are not exposed to that world are able to be exposed to it, it’s important. It opens people’s eyes and disarms people. In my eyes, the best drag queens are the ones that are funny and self-deprecating and make people feel at ease. They’re like human ice breakers. People are uncomfortable with that world and they need people that make them laugh. It’s really not that different from “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” which was a cultural thing that broke the ice and people got to know their first gay people and it broke the ice. People got to see that we were funny and cool, and not scary at all; I think the same goes for “Drag Race”. There is a whole world of people outside of our community, and they get to see that it’s fun, fabulous, artistic, glamorous, and it’s comedy. It’s meant to bring people joy and I think that’s a fabulous thing. 

    Q: What do you think is different about this season of “Drag Race” as opposed to last season? 


    A: I think every season is different, and I have only been there for the two seasons, although I have been a fan of the show for a long time. It’s obviously about great drag performances, but I think every season is different and interesting because you get to hear people’s stories. You learn things about them that show their humanity. Being homeless, or being raised in not a wonderful childhood, all of their backstories while they’re there. I wish I got to see more of their backstories, because I just get to see them perform. A huge part of getting to know the queens every week is seeing who they are, where they came from, what inspires them, and how they get along with each other. That’s probably the third element that makes it so interesting. It’s a competition, there are some really great moments that that show that it’s a really supportive community. 

    Q: You mention you only get to see them on the main stage. As a judge, what do you think you look for the most? 


    A: I respond really well to comedy and people that are [self-deprecating,] and also people that are really confident; that are there to win. This is a really interesting opportunity for them, and if they come out there and deliver every time, that makes me want them to win because this is really their moment in the sun. 

    Q: You’re getting you own moment in the sun on the upcoming season of “Celebrity Apprentice” aren’t you?


    A: I am! I can’t say too, too much since it’s all top secret you know? I am having a great time and I hope people will really see me in a different light. I want them to see that I’m smart, funny, kind, talented, which is how I really am. I think the thing about all of these reality shows, is that when you see people outside their element, both good and bad are revealed. It really reveals everyone’s personal journey and it really is a show about psychology and how people do under pressure. Because I will tell you, I have never worked harder or been in a more intense work environment than I have on “Celebrity Apprentice”. It’s hard work, but I think we all stay motivated and engaged, especially since we’re working for a fabulous charity. 

    Q: Contestants on “Celebrity Apprentice” always work for such fabulous charities. Joan Rivers worked on behalf of “God’s Love We Deliver”, which greatly helps the LGBT community. What charity did you choose to work on behalf of? 

    A: On the show, I am working on behalf of the True Colors Fund, which is so important to me. I’ve been a board member since practically its’ inception and I got involved when I got to be friends with Cyndi Lauper during the “True Colors” tours. They do such inspiring work trying to get LGBT kids off the street and I think an important thing for your readers to know is that LGBT kids make up about seven percent of our population but about 40 percent of the homeless youth population in America, and that is just a number that is unacceptable. It’s tragic and sad, and we are really working to get that number from 40 percent to zero. Coming out and discovering who you are and being your authentic self when you’re a young person is so hard. There are so many outside pressures from all kinds of forces. To not have a safe and happy home to live in is completely unacceptable. We have an amazing Executive Director Gregory Lewis and board members like Sara Ramirez and Cyndi Lauper. I got to go to the White House and talk about the homeless youth. I got to go with Cyndi who testified in front of the senate to help get our kids off the street and into safe homes. When you do the groundwork, you can see how inspiring it can be and really how important it can be. That’s what’s keeping me going and making me kick some ass! 

    Q: Where do you want to be five years from now? 
    A: Oh gosh, who knows? Everyone always asks about your five year plan, I don't know what I’m doing next Thursday. I would love to keep working in this world; every day working in television is super fun and I really have not felt like I’ve had a “job” in the past thirteen years, I so I just want to keep doing it! 

    “RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs Monday’s at 9pm EST on LOGO

    “Celebrity Apprentice” 

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  • Column: No New Taxes! …Because Life Is Just More Expensive Here

    Heading into the city’s budget process, members of the Budget Review Advisory Committee (BRAC) were happy to see a proposed city budget with the millage rate remaining the same. As in the previous year, we once again see rising property values over 8 percent, which automatically brings in a sizeable amount of additional revenue into the city’s General Fund.

  • Drag Race Says Goodbye to Gia Gunn

    Gia Gunn is one of the most polarizing queens to come out of the cast of "RuPaul's Drag Race" this season. Between her gorgeous runway looks and sharp tongue, you never knew what Gia was going to say or wear on a weekly basis. SFGN spoke with Gia about her "Snatch Game" choice, who she would impersonate if she had the chance to do it over again, and what she may (or may not) regret.

  • Emmy-Winning RuPaul’s Drag Race Abruptly Moves to Mainstream Channel

    RuPaul’s Drag Race is being moved from LGBT-centric LogoTV to cable channel VH1. Logo will air exclusive content, including a ‘Race to the Nines’ series marathon on March 19 which includes previously-unseen bonus content.

  • Interview with Naysha Lopez After her Drag Race Elimination

    RuPaul’s Drag Race” has kicked off its eighth season and the first eliminated queen, Naysha Lopez, is arguably one of the most stunningly gorgeous queens to ever stomp the runway on this LOGO smash hit. Sadly, outfit construction seems to have deconstructed Ms. Lopez’s shot at grabbing the crown.

    She sat down with us to chat about what she really thinks sent her home, who she would like to see snatch the crown, and who of her fellow competitors she thinks has the best chance to snatch the crown this season!  

    Naysha, it’s never easy to see the first girl go home!  What do you think happened that lead to your elimination?

    You know, I really don’t know. Laila McQueen and I should not have been in the bottom. Laila constructed a beautiful garment, that jacket! It’s one thing to create a dress or put something together; but this bitch built you an entire jacket! Then you have other people, like the person who did the assignments on this particular challenge, Robbie (Turner); she just did not look-I don’t want to be shady-it just was not cute. Then you have someone like Naomi (Smalls) who’s wearing a dress that cost her $5.00 on the sale rack at Forever 21. I’m like “are you kidding me”?! 

    Going into the lip synch, I already felt kind of defeated.  During the lip synch, I really, honestly, didn’t give it my all because I felt defeated already. I didn’t even think i should have been in the bottom two, and I just felt like it was done and I was going home, and it just happened that way. 

    Now that the experience of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” is over, what do you think you are going to miss the most about the entire experience? 

    You know, I think it’s the girls; I’m going to miss the girls the most, out of the entire experience. I just got off of a five city tour with everyone and it was so great to see them again and get to spend time with them. If there is one thing that I can appreciate and treasure about the whole experience, besides meeting RuPaul, it’s that I met eleven people that I can call friends and call sisters. 

    You mention meeting RuPaul for the first time. What was it like meeting the true “high priestess” of drag? 

    It was truly surreal. I was just star struck and was like “this is RuPaul”! It’s crazy, you see it on television and you don’t think too much about it, but then you see her in person and she’s ridiculously stunning. I mean, I thought I was pretty?

    You yourself come across stunningly beautiful on television. Was it weird seeing yourself both as a boy and as a girl on television? 

    It was the most horrible thing! I asked my friends “that’s what I sound like?” But I realized all of my friends think that when they hear themselves also. It was crazy and a little overwhelming to see myself on television, especially when you have little cousins texting me saying that they just saw me on television too! 

    Now that the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” experience is in the rearview mirror, did it truly meet all of your expectations and check every box that you wanted it to, so to speak? 

    Besides the box at the bottom that says “take home 100,000” I think I’ve checked them all LOL! It really was an incredible experience and I am a very positive person. I am not one that looks at the glass half full. For me, I learned from it. I may not have won, or made it as far as I wanted to, but I learned from it. I think that’s when you really win, when you have learned something from an experience and you can take something from it. That’s when you really win. So in that respect, I did win.

    Who was your Snatch Game character going to be? 

    I was either going to be (“Drag Race Season One Finalist) Nina Flowers or Kathy Griffin. I hadn’t decided, although I brought both of the characters with me. 

    You and Nina Flowers definitely are cut from the same cloth, so to speak. 

    Yes! The crazy thing is, Nina’s makeup artistry is so ridiculous. I like to think of myself as a great makeup artist, and when I sat and practiced the makeup (to portray Nina) it was such a challenge. She is a great makeup artist, and just so eclectic. She is so wrong, it is right and absolutely love Nina Flowers. She is a walking piece of art. 

    Who do you want to see snatch the crown and go all the way this season? 

    I love all of them, I really do. Cynthia (Lee Fontaine) is my Puerto Rican sister so i definitely have to root for her. There are a few different types of queens on this show this season. There are a few girls that need the show to survive, because watching them is like watching paint dry-Kim Chee-and there is someone like Thorgy Thor or Bob The Drag Queen who are natural born entertainers and I could watch them all day long. I love me some Bob the Drag Queen! Laila McQueen of course, has a place in my heart also. Everyone is so different on this season, they’re just so very different. 

    Where do you want to go next on your post “Drag Race” journey? 

    I just want to work. I love to work, I love what I do. I say “work” because what else am I going to call it? Whenever you’re having a good time and getting paid for it it’s really not work right? I want to pursue this as much as I can and milk it for what it’s worth and look at the whole experience as a stepping stone. I told my friends ‘you guys fucked up putting me on television because now you're not going to be able to get me off”! I am definitely going to pursue this hardcore because this is something I really love to do.

    RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Monday at 9 p.m. EST on LOGO

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  • Joe Lobdell: Tragedy and Triumph of a 19th-century Transition

    When Joseph Israel Lobdell passed away in 1912 at the Binghamton State Hospital, his death went largely unnoticed. Joe, as he was known, was 82 and had been confined to mental institutions since 1880. In the intervening decades, his siblings had predeceased him.

  • Katya Dishes on Being a Finalist on RuPaul’s All Stars 2

    Katya, “Miss Congeniality” on season seven of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” was poised to take the top prize on this season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 2.”

  • Lesbian Couple Attacked at Six Flags New England

    The attack on two lesbian college students at Six Flags New England amusement park last week landed a pair of Massachusetts women in jail facing counts of assault and battery and violation of civil rights.

  • Milk Gets The Boot on RuPaul’s Drag Race

    In the tradition of Sharon Needles and Jinkx Monsoon, Season 6 "RuPaul's Drag Race" competitor Milk brought her own special brand of drag to the show this season. Sadly, a rap lip synch sent Milk home earlier than many expected.