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April 14, 2014

Producers of the hit TV show apologize for using the ‘transphobic slur’ and will remove it from all programming

RuPaul’s Drag Race has announced it will remove what has been called transphobic language from its programming.

Trans activists have criticized the show’s producers in the past weeks for a segment titled ‘Female or She-male’ where drag queen contestants were asked to identify whether cropped photos were former drag queen contestants or women.

April 4, 2014

Will the straight chat show host have the charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent to make a British version werk?

Chat show host Jonathan Ross is producing a British version of hit US show RuPaul’s Drag Race.

While the straight presenter is unlikely to slip into the heels of the most famous drag queen on the planet, he said he was still up for finding Britain’s next drag superstar.

British drag queen and DJ Jodie Harsh will join him in the nationwide hunt for the campest, chicest cross-dresser in the country.

‘I’ve been working with Jodie on a UK version of RuPaul’s Drag Race,’ Ross told the Daily Star.

April 3, 2014

Also says decision to marry same-sex couples at Grammys was not political but 'I knew it would make a statement'

Some found it curious that Queen Latifah, who has never spoken about how LGBTI equality impacts her personally, performed a mass wedding ceremony at the Grammys involving many same-sex couples.

The singer, actress and talk show host reflects on the occasion in the new issue of  JET magazine.

The mass wedding took place on stage as Macklemore, Ryan Lewis and Mary Lambert performed their gay rights anthem Same Love with some help at the end from Madonna.

April 1, 2014

The Iris Prize Festival will showcase the best British and international LGBTI films

What would it be like for James Bond to be gay? Well, audiences at the Iris Festival will get an idea this year as it opens with a gay British secret agent film.

The full-length feature film, Jayson Bend: Queen and Country, will be an appropriate opening screening as the festival marks a new phase in its development with a strand deidcated to the 'Best of British' LGBT short films.

Jayson Bend is the story of a charming gay secret agent who uncovers a sinister plot that reveals a billionaire hair dressing tycoon owns the largest global chain of hair salons.

March 28, 2014

Look back on the battle to get same-sex marriage legalized in England and Wales as the first couples prepare to walk down the aisle

The first same-sex marriages in the UK will take place at the stroke of midnight tonight.

After years of tireless campaigning from the LGBTI community, same-sex couples in England and Wales will finally be able to say ‘I Do’.

Queen Elizabeth II signed the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) last year in July, but it took several months before couples could register their intention to marry.

March 23, 2014

The Saturday night show at the legendary London club celebrates the pop princess’ latest album Kiss Me Once

Kylie Minogue gyrated with a troop of sexy dancers for a sell-out crowd at G-A-Y in London’s Heaven club.

The ‘Princess of Pop’ is considered queen of G-A-Y and her state visit was marked by a month-long celebration at its bar in Soho.

Her performance, promoting her latest album Kiss Me Once and new hit Sexercise, was the 11th of her career at the club night.

She wore a figure-hugging red dress for the show last night – conservative British tabloid newspaper the Daily Mail dubbed a ‘dominatrix’ outfit.

March 21, 2014

'We were there to celebrate mama'

It's been nearly three weeks since the Academy Awards took place but Liza Minnelli still isn't laughing at the drag queen joke made at her expense by host Ellen DeGeneres.

'To tell you the truth I was surprised and then a little hurt,' she said Thursday during an interview with drag legend Coco Peru.

'We were there to celebrate mama.'

Minnelli was in the audience with sister Lorna Luft and brother Joey Luft to take a bow before the start of a tribute to The Wizard of Oz which starred their mother Judy Garland.

March 20, 2014

Chairman of one of Europe's largest mosques has said homosexuality is not a debate for television, but for 'zoologists and botanists'

The chairman of one of Europe’s largest mosques has compared gay people to serial killers, gamblers and pedophiles.

On BBC3’s panel show ‘Free Speech’, aired last week live from Birmingham Central Mosque, a question was asked by a Muslim drag queen when it would be accepted to be both Muslim and gay.

March 18, 2014

Former *NSYNC star jokes that he bets Franklin D Roosevelt was gay and in a loveless relationship

Former *NSYNC star Lance Bass has said he is ‘sure’ there has been a gay US president.

The former boyband singer was finished judging the Queen of the Universe Pageant when TMZ asked him about his thoughts on a gay commander-in-chief.

‘Statistically speaking, I’m sure that someone in the White House has definitely slept with the same sex. I would definitely go out and say that, yes,’ Bass said.

‘There’s been rumors,’ Bass joked. ‘I’m looking at you, Roosevelt.’

March 17, 2014

'Freddie Mercury is one of the greatest singers that ever lived, and he’s a big idol for me'

Adam Lambert's tenor voice has proven to be the perfect match for the classic songs of the rock band Queen so it's no surprise he would join forces with the surviving band members to do a tour this summer.

But Lambert wasn't always so sure that he would be able to step in successfully for the band's late, great lead singer Freddie Mercury.

'At first it was a little daunting when we did our first incarnation of this,' he said of a handful of European shows he did with the band in the summer of 2012.

March 17, 2014

'Freddie Mercury is one of the greatest singers that ever lived, and he’s a big idol for me'

Adam Lambert's tenor voice has proven to be the perfect match for the classic songs of the rock band Queen so it's no surprise he would join forces with the surviving band members to do a tour this summer.

But Lambert wasn't always so sure that he would be able to step in successfully for the band's late, great lead singer Freddie Mercury.

'At first it was a little daunting when we did our first incarnation of this,' he said of a handful of European shows he did with the band in the summer of 2012.

March 17, 2014

'Freddie Mercury is one of the greatest singers that ever lived, and he’s a big idol for me'

Adam Lambert's tenor voice has proven to be the perfect match for the classic songs of the rock band Queen so it's no surprise he would join forces with the surviving band members to do a tour this summer.

But Lambert wasn't always so sure that he would be able to step in successfully for the band's late, great lead singer Freddie Mercury.

'At first it was a little daunting when we did our first incarnation of this,' he said of a handful of European shows he did with the band in the summer of 2012.

March 14, 2014

After a question was asked on BBC3's Free Speech debate show about being gay and Muslim, presenter Rick Edwards said the mosque where the show was being filmed had concerns with that discussion

The BBC has denied censoring a debate about being a gay and Muslim because it was being filmed at a mosque.

The makers of BBC3’s Free Speech have said the topic was pulled over security concerns after threats were received by the religious building where the programme was filmed.

On Wednesday night (12 March), Muslim drag queen Asifa Lahore asked: ‘One question I would like to ask the Muslim community, when will it be right to be Muslim and gay?’

March 13, 2014

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples should be able to unite in matrimony. England and Wales couples will be able to marry on 29 March

Queen Elizabeth II has signed same-sex marriage into law in Scotland today (13 March).

By the end of the year, Scottish gay couples will be able to unite in matrimony.

It is the last step in the long battle to get the Marriage and Civil Partnership (Scotland) Bill through parliament, making it an Act.

Alex Neil, cabinet secretary for health and wellbeing, said: 'I am delighted that the Same Sex Marriage Bill has now received Royal Assent.

March 10, 2014

New track samples Irish drag queen Panti Bliss' speech that condemns homophobia in Ireland that went viral around the world

English electronic pop duo Pet Shop Boys has revealed a new song based on a gay rights speech made by a drag queen.

Panti Bliss, a leading gay rights figure in Ireland, spoke out in a video condemning homophobia that went viral around the world.

Stars such as Madonna, Stephen Fry and Graham Norton were among those to send their support to Panti, real name Rory O’Neill.

The song, ‘The Best Gay Possible’, features all 10 minutes of the speech set to a trance track.

March 7, 2014

In a landmark statement, the reigning monarch of the UK and the Commonwealth has announced her support for a gay charity

Queen Elizabeth II has praised a gay charity, in what is believed to be her first ever comment about the LGBTI community.

In her 62-year reign of the UK and the Commonwealth, she has never once visited or become a patron of a charity for gay rights.

And even in reforming laws for the community, such as when homosexuality was decriminalized or same-sex marriage in England and Wales passed into law, the words ‘gay’, ‘lesbian’, ‘bisexual’, and ‘transgender’ have never been reported as crossing the lips of the reigning monarch.

March 6, 2014

Brian May says Lambert 'the only singer' who can deliver as lead singer of their classic songs

Adam Lambert announced today that he will be performing with the two surviving members of the classic rock band Queen in a 19-date North American tour this summer.

Lambert appeared on ABC's Good Morning America with Brian May and Roger Taylor for the announcement.

The American Idol alum called May and Taylor 'rock royalty' and described Queen as 'one of the quintessential rock bands of all time - they have formed music no one's ever heard before.'

'They've influenced bands for years to come,' he added.

March 6, 2014

Brian May says Lambert 'the only singer' who can deliver as lead singer of their classic songs

Adam Lambert announced today that he will be performing with the two surviving members of the classic rock band Queen in a 19-date North American tour this summer.

Lambert appeared on ABC's Good Morning America with Brian May and Roger Taylor for the announcement.

The American Idol alum called May and Taylor 'rock royalty' and described Queen as 'one of the quintessential rock bands of all time - they have formed music no one's ever heard before.'

'They've influenced bands for years to come,' he added.

March 6, 2014

Brian May says Lambert 'the only singer' who can deliver as lead singer of their classic songs

Adam Lambert announced today that he will be performing with the two surviving members of the classic rock band Queen in a 19-date North American tour this summer.

Lambert appeared on ABC's Good Morning America with Brian May and Roger Taylor for the announcement.

The American Idol alum called May and Taylor 'rock royalty' and described Queen as 'one of the quintessential rock bands of all time - they have formed music no one's ever heard before.'

'They've influenced bands for years to come,' he added.

March 4, 2014

In a blog post, responding to the ruling against Kentucky's ban on same-sex marriages, a former beauty queen takes a brave step

A former Miss Kentucky has come out and revealed she is queer.

‘Going back and forth’ with herself for months on whether she should come out, Djuan Trent publicly spoke about her sexual orientation.

Her passion has been really ‘fueled’ by a federal judge, who ordered the state of Kentucky to recognize same-sex marriages on Thursday (27 February).

As a child, Trent describes how she couldn’t understand why God made her ‘wrong'.

She said she was scared her family members were going to walk out of her life if she were to admit she is queer.

March 4, 2014

'I think she thought it would be funny ... I think it went a bit astray on her'

Liza Minnelli doesn't think Ellen DeGeneres' joke on Oscar night about her being a drag queen was so funny.

Minnelli, for decades a popular character for drag performers, was sitting in the audience of the Dolby Theatre with siblings Lorna and Joey Luft when DeGeneres joked that it was actually a drag queen and not Liza.

'Good job, sir!' DeGeneres joked as Minnelli looked confused and her sister Lorna roared with laughter.

Turns out Minnelli, the 1973 Oscar winner for Cabaret, wasn't so thrilled with the execution of the joke.

February 28, 2014

The Palestinian and Israeli problem as highlighted by a new dragged-up theater show

It just so happened the person supposed to attend Ballad of the Burning Star with yours truly had a pre-show panic attack at London’s Old Street tube station. It was rush hour and they’re not used to public transport.

Sympathetic to a variety of mental health issues, I sent them home with a suggestion they should drink some wine and lie down. I then called another friend, who happens to be a Greek Orthodox priest. Could he get to Battersea Arts Centre in 30 minutes? Yes, he could. Amen, sister.

February 25, 2014

A ‘POPlitical artist’ digitally remakes some of the world's most famous and infamous politicians into drag queens

Fierce and fabulous might not be words usually used to describe Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

But his transformation into Vladdy Pushin', with long lashes and a sparkling outfit, is nothing short of spectacular.

The drag transformation of the famous politician, along with other controversial world leaders, is part of an image series by artist Saint Hoax, who uses the subjects to draw parallels between the process of becoming a drag queen to the process of becoming a popular politician.

February 25, 2014

A ‘POPlitical artist’ digitally remakes some of the world's most famous and infamous politicians into drag queens

Fierce and fabulous might not be words usually used to describe Russia's president Vladimir Putin.

But his transformation into Vladdy Pushin', with long lashes and a sparkling outfit, is nothing short of spectacular.

The drag transformation of the famous politician, along with other controversial world leaders, is part of an image series by artist Saint Hoax, who uses the subjects to draw parallels between the process of becoming a drag queen to the process of becoming a popular politician.