Drag Race

  • DENVER (AP) — One marijuana business hosts an annual golf tournament in Denver to raise money for multiple sclerosis research. Another Colorado pot company donates to a gay-rights advocacy group and is a sponsor of an AIDS walk.

  • Strutting into RuPaul's Drag Race Season 14 as the very first queen from the state of Michigan, Orion Story was setting the tone for queens from her Midwestern state.

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  • Proof the Republican Party is drifting further to the anti-LGBT right was made evident when during an interview on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday, 2016 GOP presidential hopeful Marco Rubio vowed that if elected, he would turn the clock back on legalized same-sex marriage by appointing like-minded justices to the Supreme Court, Towleroad reports.

  • Not since Season Four finalist Chad Michaels strutted into the runway has there been a contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” that bore such a striking resembling to a celebrity as Derrick Barry. While Michaels forte was the original “Dark Lady” Cher, Derrick Barry has chosen to take his eerie resemblance to pop princess Britney Spears and weaved it into his full-on career. While Derrick has been giving the judges of “Drag Race” a different side of him on the runway thus far, we somehow think his signature Spears moves will somehow creep onto the runway soon. We sat down and chatted with Derrick about how Britney came to be his “spirit animal” of sorts, what being in a trouple relationship truly is like, and how Derrick Barry plans to use this platform to take his career to the next level.

    Q: You’re one of the most high profile queens to hit the “RuPaul’s Drag Race” workroom. How did you get started doing drag and incorporating Britney Spears into it? 

    A: I got really lucky because I actually wanted to do Britney for Halloween one year and it was the first time I had done Britney. I had been told in high school that I looked like her and I was living with a makeup artist at the time and I asked them to dress me up for Halloween in 2003. The makeup was basic, she really didn't change any of my features or “carve anything out “as people like to say. The reactions were pretty incredible. I walked Santa Monica Blvd and I could not believe the reaction I was getting. People were screaming and asking me to take pictures, it was crazy! One person actually screamed “Jessica” but I didn’t stop; I mean, I clearly wasn’t Jessica Simpson!
    Q: You were one of the queens that was long rumored to be joining the cast. Had you wanted to be on “Drag Race” previously?

    A: You know, I had always wanted to do the show. Season One, I was doing “America’s Got Talent” so there was no way I could have done it, and Season Two I was doing my own show following Britney Spears’ “Circus” tour. As the years went on, I got busy doing things with my own travels, and then I started impersonating Lady Gaga and was following one of her tours around. I had always thought that this would be the best route for me to take to get more exposure, but in the beginning I would not have had really anything to wear except Britney replicas. I started doing drag in Vegas and I was able to experiment with things, and then having Gaga be one of my characters, I was able to branch out of the box and not just do Britney Spears. I realized that maybe I was suitable for an actual drag “show” because I sometimes thought people would not think it was the same thing. I just have to tell them “I tuck just like you do”! I always just thought it would happen at the right time. 

    The first time I tried out was Season Seven and I did not hear back, and then I had to change my direction. I realized I had to go outside the box and do things I wasn’t comfortable with. I spent the next year experimenting with looks and having fun, and I didn’t want anyone to know I auditioned for Season Eight, because for Season Seven, I let everyone know that I was doing it. I think sometimes the element of surprise is really the best element of all. 

    Q: As the show airs, you are starting to become a fan favorite. What do you think is one of the best parts of the whole experience for you?

    A: I think it’s actually seeing RuPaul that close. Interacting with him as a boy out of drag and then again in drag. It’s such a unique opportunity that now only one hundred of us have actually had. There is nothing more exciting than feeling like he took me under his wing and feeling like what I do is enough for the show and having his respect. There are going to be people that have different opinions on my casting or trying out, but RuPaul thinking that there is something in me that needs to be shown; there is nothing more that I could expect from him. 

    Q: Conversely, what do you think was the least favorite part of the experience? 

    A: I am always going to be most scared to design anything that intimidates me! I come from Vegas and am usually costumed. It’s not something I ever thought that I would need to be a seamstress, so I was always scared to put any sewing skills to the test. I have sewn before, and sewn very well, it’s just not my strong suit.  When people ask my strength, it’s singing, acting, dancing, anything like that, I am totally confident in that. The one thing I don’t have a background in is sewing and it’s the thing that scares me the most. 

    Q: Operating out of your comfort zone is many times where you exceed the most also, don’t you think?

    A: That’s what I have noticed the most. In times that I have had to challenge myself the most, some of my best work has come from that. If I have to challenge myself in sewing, maybe you can expect a Derrick Barry Couture line in the future! LOL.

    Q: Have you actually met Ms. Spears herself yet? 

    A: I have not had a one on one conversation or a personal meet and greet yet. We have been in the same room plenty of times dating back to "The Tonight Show” and she talked to me on the show, She signed a poster for me, I was at her welcome event in Las Vegas, I was at her “Good Morning America” announcement in the desert in Vegas, and I was there when she had Britney day at the Lync. There have been plenty of times I have been next to her or in the background, but have yet to meet her. 

    Q: What do you think it is about Britney Spears that really makes her so important to you? 

    A: I love Britney; I would not be doing drag if it was not for Britney Spears. It’s not a career that I had ever thought about, and I had not met a drag queen until I met (“RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season One Winner) Chad Michaels the night of “The Tonight Show”. Chad was the sweetest person I had ever known, there is no one that has his energy. When I think of an “All Star” I think of him; there is no one that deserves that crown more. When I met him and he told me I was the most amazing Britney impersonator and he is dressed as the most amazing Cher impersonator, I thought to myself “why would I want to do anything else”? 

    Q: In your intro video and on “Untucked” you mentioned that you're a member of a “trouple” relationship. Is it hard to have your relationship be something people are talking about? 

    A: Not at all, I am totally open about it. After “America’s Got Talent” and they had asked if I was gay, I was concerned about what to say.  I had already been in a relationship with Nick San Pedro for well over a year. The actor and the performer in me thought it would be bad for it to come out. I did finally say that I was gay and from then on, I thought that I was a drag queen that impersonates Britney Spears for a living. If anyone has a problem with my lifestyle or my choices, than this was not for them. There is other entertainment that they can look at and find entertainment in watching.

    Q: In this culture, we know that the many different kinds of relationships exist, but you don't hear about them as much. I personally feel it’s admirable that you are brave enough to come out and talk about it. 

    A: There are a lot of people that have kept a relationship this way. Some of them are open, some are not. When Mac (Mackenzie Claude (aka “Nebraska Thunderfuck”) came into the picture four years ago, it’s been exclusive since then. I have to always explain to people when they judge it or say it’s “gross” when they say that I have two boyfriends. I always say “bitch you can’t even get one”! I mean sometimes you laying in bed and it’s like “which way am I gonna go tonight”? Otherwise, how boring, you roll off the one side of the bed! 

    Q: You are at the precipice of a very big turn in your life with this show, where do you see yourself five years from now? 

    A: Well, I know five years ago I would have told you I would have wanted to be here, so now that I made that happen, I want to do so much more in film and television  “Saturday Night Live”  has always been a dream of mine from watching Jim Carrey and then watching “MadTV", I have always loved comedy. I would love to be a realistic drag queen in a variety type setting. Not a man in a wig with lipstick, but a passable drag queen that really messes with your head. ‘I’ve already done by first film with Alexander Skarsgard called “War On Everyone” that comes out this year. We shot in Iceland and I knew that this would just be the beginning. I got a couple television shows under my belt with Nick Nolte called “Graves” and I star with him in a couple of the scenes. I am so interested to see where this goes, because drag was always my way to be different; impersonating Britney was my way to stand out. Now I feel I can take drag and stand out even more. Of course, I could always do things as a boy; I am not opposed to doing things as Derrick. I know right now i don’t have a lot of competition with other people doing Britney, so I would like for that to be the same in drag. Where I could read for a role and I get it because I have a background in film and television and theater. This isn’t something I just stumbled upon; this has been something I’ve been doing and loving my whole life. 


    RuPaul’s Drag Race airs Monday nights on LOGO 

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    Laila McQueen may have already left “RuPaul’s Drag Race” but this creative force is nowhere near finished with her turn in the spotlight. While some of the queens may have overpowered her in terms of volume, the talent in this queen’s overly creative mind is going to take her far. She sat down to chat with us about her time on “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, why she really thinks she may have been sent home early, and why she thinks the girls of New York City may just have the edge this year. 

    Q: Laila, when you were eliminated, you mentioned getting backlash being one of the girls sent home early. Have you received any backlash thus far? 

    A: I was actually in Chicago doing a hosting party at Roscoes’ when I was sent home. I have not gotten any negative backlash yet; I think in my entire run on “Drag Race”, I got maybe three tweets from people that thought I deserved to be sent home. That was really it. It’s almost shocking, I almost expected the fans to rip me apart, but everyone is being so supportive. 

    Q: Now that you have gotten to see the show from this side of the television screen, why do you think you ended up going home so early? 

    A: My personality is not as loud as many of the other girls on this season. I found it very intimidating and very hard to compete personality wise with these other girls, and I really got in my head, which is familiar territory for me. I wasn’t as crazy a personality for television as some of the other girls, and I think that was definitely my saboteur. 

    Q: Do you think you are as shy and unassuming in real life as you may have come across on the show 

    A: No. I think I am definitely more fun in person. I think when people have been coming to my shows, and especially at the premiere parties we had, friends of mine told me that many of the people did not expect me to be as crazy a performer, but I was. When I perform, I definitely like to have a good time. People don’t realize that when you are getting little sleep, filming a challenge every day, all the cameras on you, and different people asking you to speak about all of these things every day, it is a little different from doing a gig at a club and meeting people after your number. Many people don’t get how extreme the circumstances are that we are actually in. I really love when people understand that I am not necessarily a bad drag queen; I just had a bad run in what was a crazy situation. 

    Q: Looking back on the entire “Drag Race” experience, what do you think your favorite part of the crazy ride actually was? 

    A: I really loved meeting all the girls. Besides actually getting cast on the show in general, meeting all the girls was definitely my favorite part. I mean, I tried out for the show three times and finally getting cast is a compliment in itself. The girls and I are a family now though. We went through this experience all together and I could not be more thrilled with who it has been with. 

    During my run, I almost felt like the people filming us were going to get pissed off because we were all getting along so well!

    Q: You mention that you tried out for the show three different times. Does your inspiration come from other queens that you saw on “Drag Race” itself or from girls that you idolized and watched coming up in the scene? 

    A: I definitely take inspiration from “Drag Race”, how could I not? There have been so many amazing people on the show. I started getting into drag more with other queens like Divine and Candy Darling. It seemed so cool to me, because I have always been so into makeup and transformation. I always have watched the behind the scenes specials on movies and things like that to see the special effects. When doing drag was actually a possibility, it made complete sense; I loved dressing up and actually becoming a character. It totally appealed to me. 

    Q: It’s so refreshing to hear you talk about queens that were both part of “Drag Race” and also other non “Drag Race” girls that are true legends in the drag scene. 

    A: Oh absolutely! I am an artist, I went to art school. I paint and print everything. When I started thinking about makeup, it was natural. I think I am really good at it, not to toot my own horn. I think it’s because it’s almost like painting a picture and it’s an extension of that media. 

    Q: Speaking of makeup, Kim Chi is an absolute legend when it comes to beating her face; some of the girls even knew who she was when she walked through the workroom doors on the first episode. Who do you think could really take the crown this season? 

    A: I am really rooting for one of the New York City girls. I know everyone thinks Acid Betty is a bitch, but she is so talented and her drag is so out of this world! Bob the Drag Queen is so hysterical, he is one of the funniest people I have ever met. Thorgy (Thor) has so much energy and is so sweet, and is one of the sweetest people. I think the most well rounded girls this season are the girls out of New York City. 

    Q: What was your “Snatch Game” going to be? 

    Well, I brought three options. I auditioned with Courtney Love, so I had that. I brought Teresa Caputo with me because I love the “Long Island Medium”. However, I know two girls from season seven, that said they wanted to do that. In case that would have been sketchy territory, I also brought Betsey Johnson just in case! 

    Q: Now that you have this national exposure, where do you want to take it from here? 

    I definitely want to keep performing, I love meeting people and doing shows. I am going to the United Kingdom, and I can’t wait to go, I’m so excited! It’s “small town boy” going to the U.K. I mean getting to go to the United Kingdom to dress like a woman, you can’t beat it. I’m going to do more art; more paintings, and I definitely want to do special effects makeup. I don’t think I’m going to drop an album, so don’t expect that. I’m not limiting my possibilities, I am taking my art to the next level in all areas; makeup, painting, media, everything. I am not going to limit myself.

    “RuPaul’s Drag Race” airs Monday night on LOGO at 8:00 p.m. (EST)

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  • Ben DeLaCreme was, as she once called herself, "terminally delightful" on this season of "RuPaul's Drag Race.” With a retro vibe and polished looks, she was one of the queens to beat. Sadly, she went home during a challenge against her nemesis Darienne Lake. DeLaCreme sat down with SFGN to chat how it felt to go home so close to the crown, her portrayal as a "character queen" and her big plans for hitting the stage!

  • "RuPaul's Drag Race" superstar Joslyn Fox brought both sexiness and heart to this season of the hit LOGO show. While Fox unfortunately went home during the makeover challenge, she certainly isn't going to be out of our sight for long. Fox sat down with SFGN to chat about her challenge of making over a straight man into a blushing bride, her relationship with Courtney Act, and an advice book from Ms. Fox?

  • Laganja Estranja was one of the most polarizing queens on this season of "RuPaul's Drag Race” (actually in the show’s history). Her trademark "kiki" language and her dynamic runway looks made her stand out among the ladies. Sadly, she sashayed away midway through the season. Here, Laganja chats with SFGN about her time on "Drag Race,” why she would be hesitant about a return, and all of the amazing things she has coming up.

  • Kelly Mantle

    Mantle is an actress, a singer, songwriter, and actress, and now joins the line of ladies that are among the first to be asked to "Sashay Away" on "RuPaul's Drag Race" now in it's sixth season. Contributing writer Michael Cook spoke with Kelly about how it feels to be the first one off, why she and Gia Gunn will probably not be friends, and her new single “Eliminated.”

  • Vivacious came to "RuPaul's Drag Race" direct from the New York City Club Kid scene, and was true to her New York City roots right up until Ru asked her to "sashay away.” SFGN sat down with Vivacious to chat about her club kid style, her favorite parts of the "Drag Race" experience, and her "fierce and gorgeous" plans to be heard on dance floors this summer!

  • Bianca Del Rio is arguably one of the most popular queens to come out of "RuPaul's Drag Race" in the six seasons the hit LOGO show has been airing. It should come as no surprise that her dose of scathing sarcasm (sprinkled with a dose of heart) captivated the fans and led her right to the crown. Bianca took a few minutes to chat with SFGN about her big win, how it feels to look at "Drag Race" post-show, and her feature film "Hurricane Bianca"!

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