It's only been a matter of weeks since RuPaul's Drag Race reigning season eight winner Bob the Drag Queen relinquished the title of America's Next Drag Superstar to season nine winner Sasha Velour. Although Bob's ascendancy may have come to an end, his career as one of the funniest drag...
This weekend, for the first time in L.A. Pride's long history, the traditional celebratory parade was replaced with a more political #ResistMarch, in reaction to the current presidential administration's unaccommodating views on LGBT rights. Certain members of L.A.'s LGBT community were concerned that the somber nature of a resistance march would put a damper on the festivities, but that was hardly the case. Celebs including Lisa Vanderpump participated in the march, while Nancy Pelosi, Chris Rock, Adam Lambert and America Ferrera spoke at the podium. Performers at the festival included Erika Jayne, Brandy and Brooke Candy. There was fun at the end of the rainbow after all.
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#ResistMarch founder Brian Pendleton turned the annual West Hollywood Pride Parade into a call for action. U.S. Representatives Nancy Pelosi, Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff, West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman, Black Lives Matter activist Melina Abdullah and celebrities Jussie Smollett (Empire), Cheyenne Jackson (American Horror Story) and RuPaul were among the speakers who stated again and again: This is not normal. Don't let this feel normal. Resist. Insist. Persist. Vote. Personal Rights in Defense and Education is PRIDE.
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On Friday, June 2, just in time to make that lifeguard movie look even worse, smoking-hot Angelenos celebrated at Gaywatch, the official afterparty for the second annual Venice Pride. For more than three decades, the famous gay bar Roosterfish was a local landmark and the only LGBTQ bar west of the 405. In 2016, in one of the most tone-deaf examples of gentrification in L.A. history, Roosterfish's landlord raised the rent so high that the bar had to close. This led to the first Venice Beach Pride Fest, a celebration for residents who needed to remind the world and themselves that, even without that sanctuary, pride in Venice is strong.
Gaywatch, held at the Birdcage Santa Monica, was sold out and packed to the rafters (it took 20 minutes to walk 300 feet upstairs). There were two dance floors, a line out the door for drinks, and so many hunky guys (and gorgeous gals) that we couldn't help but share some snaps of the epic party. Enjoy.
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“We have become a gay mecca for a lot of people of color," says Sean/Milan, the social enterprise program manager for REACH LA. "It's a place where people can go and be safe and be themselves.” This Saturday, May 27, REACH LA (Realistic Education in Action Coalition to Foster Health),...
By 1997, the Queen Mary had been the long-standing “Grand Ole Opry of drag” in Los Angeles for more than 30 years.