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Jun 24 2016
We Got Dragged!: Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Love Party Powered By RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE Stars Comments (0)

IMG_6988*#ImWithPurse: Bob the Drag Queen was all kinds of cute. (All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund)

Last night was more proof why I'm glad I never got too serious about leaving NYC just yet, starting with the way-too-fun annual Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Love Party (#BarefootWineLoveParty) thrown by promoter Chip Duckett, benefiting NYC Pride.

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IMG_6833*The ladies were on-point.

Held at Arena on W. 41st, the party had a long line of people waiting to get in, every last one of them cute and playfully stylish. It was like they'd been cast, and not at all like they were the result of a bunch of people hearing about a free party. I think the reason is that the party has a solid rep, so word of mouth leads to fun people telling other fun people to rush-RSVP.

IMG_6825*IMG_6813*Cool 360-degree photos were on offer.

My friend and I mingled so I could capture some atmosphere shots (and by atmosphere shots, I mean pictures of cute boys whom I've asked to photograph for a change) before we settled front-and-center by the colorful stage. Beautiful space, great appetizers served by jazzed drag queens, and so, so many well-fitting summer shorts.

IMG_6801*Middle hottie asked me to make him thin, which was as necessary as asking me to make all three of them cute.

IMG_6805*Ironic to ask someone tucking to hand out meatball sandwiches.

IMG_6807*My pal David, of Passport Magazine, made it a family affair, inviting his cousin from Latin America.

IMG_6809*As the kids would say when faced with so much beauty: UGH.

IMG_6815*Actually, boys do make passes at boys who wear heart-shaped glasses.

IMG_6819*Looks like they read a Grindr profile that said “be good-looking” and complied fully.

IMG_7025*Hugging it out.

Mimi Imfurst was an inspired DJ—the playlist was a healthy mix of classics and neo-classics that had everyone mouthing the words so everyone else would see them and realize they were cool.

IMG_6867*The Mimi generation

IMG_7023*That place was crowded!

Up behind the stage, beyond a pane of glass, we could see a blonde drag queen being made up as flashes went off, but none of us could tell who she was. Turns out she was a she: The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Erika Girardi aka Erika Jayne arrived in a hot, black, form-fitting bodysuit and hair reminiscent of the mane sported by Madonna for her Prince tribute.

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IMG_6860 copy*Erika Jayne stands with all LGBT people ... stands, and pats the puss right along with us.

I doubt anyone will accuse Jayne of queer-baiting, but she essentially showed up, told us she loves us, said her name so we'd remember it, and left. No complaints here—it was lovely of her to come, and people were excited to see her.

 

Great Snippets of Bob the Drag Queen & Latrice Royale at Barefoot Wine & Bubbly Love Party 6.22.16 from Matthew Rettenmund on Vimeo.

Killing time while RuPaul's Drag Race fave Latrice Royale prepped, Jayne even came back out to give us a quick sample of her (in)famous dance move—the patting of the puss. You can imagine exactly what it looks like.

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Jun 23 2016
Jasmine Masters: Fix Ur Breath Comments (0)
 
Jun 21 2016
Ground Control To Major Diva: My One-Stop Book Tour With Alaska Thunderf*ck Comments (0)

IMG_6503* copyA Lammy? We're aiming for the National Book Award! (All images in this post courtesy of Matthew Rettenmund)

Uncharacteristically, I haven't written about my recent quick trip to L.A. to promote the book I wrote with Alaska Thunderf*ck (or Thunderfun, as she is called  PEG store for newsletterfor the sake of marketing the book to people still living at home). For some reason, I kept putting other stuff in front of writing this up, maybe because it wound up being an unexpectedly warm-and-fuzzy (if frantic and fleeting) event.

I went out two weekends ago—business class. I've never been in business class, so far as I remember, and found it ultra-comfortable and immediately took it on as my new normal, so that when I fly coach next time it will feel like being evicted from a gated community.

I'd planned to work from the plane, but the WiFi was out, meaning I did nothing but sleep. I wasn't sure what I was doing as far as promo for the book—Alaska Thunderfun and the Inner Space Odyssey—so being well-rested was a step (in a high-heeled shoe) in the right direction.

Working with Alaska had been a breeze. She has an insanely fun creation story that involves intergalactic gender-bending and the early '80s, and she knew pretty much what she wanted me to do, so I simply did it and she offered her input where needed and it was finished. I think it wound up being pretty funny and hopefully will surprise people with its mission of gender fluidity. I think of it as a Choose Your Own Gender book, or like Goosebumps with lovely lady lumps.

IMG_6492* copyJiggy Caliente was on hand to interview the ladies who launch

I stayed in Little Tokyo, which meant I was sick of Japanese food—which I love!—within two meals, but since I was working all day from 5 a.m. to 3 p.m., IMG_6508* copythat really only left me time to eat at offbeat times and squeeze in a couple of meetings with friends I hadn't seen in forever and, of course, to explore my popularity as a new face on the locals' Grindr feeds.

Again, I must thank the parents who continue to raise their young men to have no morals at all.

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The event itself was a lot of fun, once I had a solid handle on what was expected. It was celebrating the opening of the first all-drag retail store at Arts District Co-Op (453 Colyton St., L.A.), where the merch of such drag luminaries as Jinkx Monsoon, Adore Delano, Sharon Needles and—of course—Alaska would be on sale. The space was chic, beautifully designed and 100% conducive to lots of impulse-buying. I was eyeing some Violet Chachki wear, and I'm not even a big fan!

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Jun 17 2016
6-PACK —RuPAUL'S ALL STARS DRAG RACE Lineup RuVealed + Shooter's Bathroom Texts + Warren Warns Team Clinton + No, The GOP Isn't Better For LGBTs + RIP Prince Be + Hairy Hotness! Comments (0)

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*widget boy cultureRuPaul's All Stars Drag Race Season 2 queens are revealed ... and it's a doozy of a crop!

*widget boy cultureOmar & Noor Mateen exchanged texts during his shooting rampage. Man, I hope this woman is imprisoned for the rest of her life.

*widget boy cultureElizabeth Warren visits Hillary's Brooklyn staffers. Her message? “Don't screw this up.”

*widget boy cultureGOP is trying to appeal to LGBT voters by saying Democrats are choosing Muslims over them. Trump re-tweets pic with anti-gay pastor.

*widget boy culturePrince Be of PM Dawn (“Set Adrift on Memory Bliss”) fame dies @ 45.

*widget boy cultureHair today:

 

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Jun 15 2016
Drag Star Kenya Michaels Recalls Final Number At Pulse Comments (0)

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Kenya Michaels, who appeared on Season 4 of RuPaul's Drag Race, was one of the featured performers at gay nightclub Pulse in Orlando, which became the scene of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.

She's related her emotional story on Instagram, where she wrote, in reference to a video of her last number before the shooting began:

How to forget that night. Just minutes before the shooting. My last performance to all my best friend that were in front row, now all of them are gone. My heart is broke. They took everything from me.

Michaels hid in the club during the shooting and later escaped. My heart breaks for her and all the others—the ones who escaped, the ones who didn't.

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Via Facebook, Michaels has asked people to give generously to the family of her slain friend, Leroy Valentin Fernandez

 
Jun 14 2016
6-PACK — Pulse Bartender/Drag Performer's Harrowing Story Of Escape + Video From Inside Pulse: Last Dance + WNBA Star's Personal Story + Anderson Cooper DESTROYS Pam Bondi On Live TV + Gay Blogger Puckers Up + Tegan & Sara In The Mix! Comments (0)

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*widget boy culturePulse bartender Michael Belvedere aka drag performer Axel Andrews tells Billboard his harrowing story of survival, minute by minute.

*widget boy cultureVIDEO: The final night of partying at Pulse. It was Latin night, RuPaul's Drag Race star Kenya Michaels was onstage—so joyous.

*widget boy cultureWNBA guard/Orlando native Shavonte Zellous on the Pulse shooting, and how her sister narrowly avoided being in the center of it all.

*widget boy cultureAnderson Cooper goes after Florida's corrupt, anti-LGBT A.G. Pam Bondi HARD on live TV:

*widget boy cultureGay bloggers make out, too! Okay, an informal poll: Which one is the top, or are they versatile? I'll ask and get back to you with a reply.

*widget boy cultureCheck out Tegan & Sara's special Gay Pride Month mixtape, exclusively on Pandora.

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Jun 06 2016
Bob The Drag Queen: PrEP First! Comments (0)

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While Bob the Drag Queen's “Purse First” may be more entertaining, her all-in PSA for PrEP is more educational; the most recent winner of RuPaul's Drag Race is reminding everyone that PrEP helps to drastically reduce the chances of contracting HIV ...

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May 29 2016
Embedded In RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE: BATTLE OF THE SEASONS! Comments (0)
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(All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund, unless otherwise noted) 

I've watched every season of RuPaul's Drag Race, I've done drag as Samantha Fox and I just co-wrote a book with none other than Alaska, so count me in when another RuPaul's Drag Race: Battle of the Seasons event hits NYC.

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This past week's extravaganza was a blast! I was able to do the VIP meet-and-greet hour, where I shot all the girls—Manila Luzon, Miss Fame, Sharon Needles, Katya, Jinkx Monsoon, Violet Chachki, Adore Delano, Ginger Minj and Alaska herself—and then even managed to work my way backstage for some quality time with the low-lifes in high heels.

IMG_6278The merch available was incredible.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 12.28.20 AMThe Ru queens attract more female than male fans. Discuss.

IMG_6348Alaska's necklace really got into the groove.

IMG_6346Purr-fect Adore Delano

IMG_6300Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki! Bettie Page-ing Violet Chachki!

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IMG_6311She skipped her hometown (Atlanta) show because Katya wasn't in it, instead hopping on a plane to NYC!

IMG_6287BeatenFaceTime with Courtney Act

IMG_6291America knows good drag queens when they see them. Here, actual girls give drag a woman's touch.

IMG_6321The Miss Fame game

IMG_6352Who killed Marilyn Monroe? Ask her! Sharon Needles serves old-time glamour.

IMG_6310Ginger Minj goes blonde. Does the carpet match the drapes? Honey, what about that curtain rod?

IMG_6377Katya, in the act

IMG_6390Jinkx Monsoon season

IMG_6331It takes two, it takes two ... Michelle Visage and friends

IMG_6362With so much feminine beauty around, I still couldn't help noticing the boy of anyone's dreams.

IMG_6423This one also would not have to sashay away.

Screen Shot 2016-05-29 at 12.58.50 AMEven Bianca was “there.” I could only think of this book cover. (Book cover via Simon & Schuster)

Backstage was a hoot. Or a hooter.

Sharon was friendly as could be, and embracing a far less Goth look, one of which Eve Arden would approve.

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