Posted inArts and Entertainment

Wildfang and Darcelle XV’s Drag-A-Thon earns a Guinness World Record

Portland, Oregon just made LGBTQ+ history and raised nearly $300,000 for charity simultaneously. Queer-owned apparel company Wildfang teamed up with legendary drag club Darcelle XV to put on Drag-A-Thon July 10-12, a record-breaking 48-hour continuous drag show benefitting Trevor Project and bringing attention to the “criminalization of drag in 15+ states across the U.S.”  The show took place at the Darrell […]

Posted inCommentary

Requiem for a drag queen

The New York Times obituary for Barry Humphries extolled the life and career of a beloved actor of stage, screen and television. You could be forgiven if you didn’t recognize his name, but surely not if you did not recognize his alter ego. Humphries made a seven-decades-long career in the United Kingdom, the U.S., and […]

Posted inTop Stories

Drag performers of color reflect on ‘queer joy’ – and the current backlash to their art

With roots stretching back thousands of years, drag performers have recently become a cultural Rorschach test. Just as the art form has catapulted into mainstream spaces – thanks, RuPaul – it has elicited fear in cultural conservatives, who, as the Bay Area Reporter has been reporting, are seeking to limit its public visibility through state […]

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The news never stops

Those of us who report the news affecting the LGBTQ+ community can often feel whiplashed. In my 48 years in LGBTQ+ news, I can’t remember many moments when there weren’t many important and exhausting stories happening at once. It seems we never have a moment to process one issue when another comes along.  For me, […]

Posted inNews

Drag under attack: A roundup of the latest news

Drag performances, in particular drag story hours, are being targeted around the country. News is Out member publications have been have been covering this issue in depth. Here’s a roundup of the latest news, from protests to legislation. Note that not all of the pushback against drag is coming from traditionally conservative areas. Mayoral candidates […]

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