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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!

IMG_6373A fan, in the pink

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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May 26 2016
Phi Phi O'Hara Proposes Live Onstage At RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE BATTLE OF THE SEASONS In NYC! Comments (0)
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(Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

How adorable! I attended Wednesday night's RuPaul's Drag Race Battle of the Seasons in NYC (many pictures and a full report coming) and the one piece of the show I filmed (seems more than fine since this was a one-time, non-content kinda thang) was Phi Phi O'Hara aka Jaremi Cary proposing!

Video after the jump ...

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May 25 2016
6-PACK —Oscar Isaac Urged To Show Leg + The Abbey Is Aging Out Of Twinkdom + Long Actor Strips In Short + Padres DJ Wasn't Anti-Gay + P-Town Attractions + Rita Moreno Raps! Comments (0)

*widget boy cultureShould the next Star Wars poster make use of Oscar Isaac's scrumptiousness?

*widget boy cultureLegendary WeHo gay bar The Abbey is 25, the perfect age to be preyed upon by the likes of me. Owner David Cooley thanks supporters.

*widget boy cultureActor Benoît Michel gets very, very nude in a short film. (Work Unfriendly)

223104944_1280x960M. Michel (Video still via Simon Eléphant)

*widget boy cultureFired Padres DJ apparently meant no anti-gay harm toward San Diego Gay Men's Chorus, who want him re-hired. UPDATE: Re-hired.

*widget boy cultureSteve Grand, Bianca Del Rio, Kristin Chenoweth, Rita Moreno (!) and more are invading P-Town this summer.

*widget boy cultureSpeaking of Rita, I missed her highly entertaining Berklee School of Music commencement speech and rap earlier this month:

 
May 24 2016
Alaska's New Video Is A Hole 'Nother Level Comments (0)

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Alaska is serving “Anus,” and don't you dare send it back to the kitchen!

Keep reading for the video, and buy the book I wrote with her here ...

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May 17 2016
Bob The Queen Of Drag Queens: RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE Season 8 Winner Crowned Comments (0)
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(Images in the gallery above by Matthew Rettenmund)

Last night, Bob the Drag Queen was crowned the America's next drag superstar at the end of the the Season 8 finale of RuPaul's Drag Race, walking away—in heels—with the $100,000 prize.

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*IMG_6114Bob has an eye for the boys (All images in this post by Matthew Rettenmund)

At a festive press reception at Stage 48, immediately prior to a viewing party and late-night performance by several of the season's most popular queens, I was able to interview Bob, Kim Chi, Naomi Smalls, Thorgy Thor, Derrick Barry and Chi Chi DeVayne ... not to mention special guests Dina Lohan and Tiffany “New York” Pollard.

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The girls were all perfectly polished in their replies, and unfailingly polite and funny. I'm not sure Season 8 was the most mind-blowing season, but it definitely had the most uniformly nice and diligent girls. 

I missed part of the carpet, but I didn't miss Naomi Smalls walking in nearly naked. Hey, play to your strengths, right?

It was also highly entertaining watching a relaxed Bob (he hadda know he had the win in the evening bag) flirting with Logo's cute host, who helpfully shucked his shirt at the first suggestion.

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*IMG_6174Dina was a little shy around the Logo hottie, but right at home with New York!

Before the round-robin-style interviews, I caught New York freaking out at the sight of buddy Dina. The two hugged and laughed and mugged for the cameras. It was the surreal deal.

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*IMG_6205Naomi & Chi Chi favored each other, and Naomi had a hint of Sharon Needles in her expertly beaten face.

The first person I chatted with was Ms. Smalls, looking vixenish. She asked if she could stand because she'd otherwise “come untucked.” Far be it from me to stand in the way of a boy trying to be a girl. Looked great.

Interestingly, Chi Chi DeVayne had a very Naomi Smalls look about her. She was beaming, seemingly happy to have done as well as she did on the show.

*IMG_6179Derrick's “winning” look

Derrick was sandwiched by a hot boyfriend and a hot friend and gave her usual sassy answers, including saying that her amazing outfit was custom-made for her (not by her). “That's winning!”

*IMG_6203I tawt I taw Kim Chi!

Kim Chi is one of the most likable in her interviews on the show, but one of the hardest to interview—she likes to turn questions around or give Warholian non-answers. It's just her sense of humor, but it makes things interesting.

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*IMG_6251Thorgy 4: Thorgy, her boobs, her pic with Chi Chi, her pic with winning pal Bob

Thorgy was hilarious! A fan jumped ahead of me “just to get a picture,” and then proceeded to do a video and chat with her as I (and other outlets) stood cooling my heels. I finally leaned over to a young publicist and said, “Get rid of this guy.” I didn't mean to be so direct! But he did as I suggested and Thorgy thanked him, and then apologized profusely, as if she'd been rude to me. I loved her look—neon, clown-tastic and yet glamorous, too. I complimented her on her tremendous weight loss—remember her fat suit from just three months ago???

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Finally, Bob asked for some gum as I fired up my video camera. “Oh, great, you're gonna chew gum throughout my interview?” I teased. “Yeah, you wanna fight about it?” she teased back. She had some spicy answers; I was ashamed that my questions didn't live up to the ones asked just before me, which, as I overheard, led to a discussion of why black Americans deserve reparations.

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RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE Season 8 Queens: Who Would You Kai-Kai, Kill, Marry? Comments (0)
 
May 15 2016
Of RuPAUL'S DRAG RACE, Ru Say: I DON'T THINK THE SHOW COULD EVER GO MAINSTREAM Comments (0)

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I love RuPaul and never miss an episode of RuPaul's Drag Race, but I'm not sure I 100% agree with him regarding his assessment of his juggernaut.

Talking to ABC News, he says:

I don't think the show could ever go mainstream because drag is the antithesis of the matrix. You know, the matrix says, “Pick an identity and stick with it. Because I want to sell you some beer and shampoo and I need you to stick with what you are so I'll know how to market it to you.” Drag is the opposite. Drag says, “Identity is a joke.”

I think his show is very successful, but isn't really underground. The fans are mainstream-skewing gay guys and mainstream females. It also sells products to people with pretty set identities. Not that that's a criticism; I just think maybe drag of yore is what RuPaul has in mind, while Adore Delano is really pretty mall-friendly. Even Bob the Drag Queen would be right at home on The Late Late Show.

DSC06779The Laila McQueen of all media (Image by Matthew Rettenmund)

But regardless, what gay man can't relate to the Ru who says this:

I'm ambitious. I've always been an ambitious person and I love creating things. I love taking something apart, figuring out how it works and getting in there and making it my own. So I love writing and making music and performing. And I love a challenge.

Let's put on a show!

More Ru here.

 


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