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Friday, March 28, 2014

The Homosexual Agenda: The Triumphant Return of Jinkx Monsoon

Posted by on Fri, Mar 28, 2014 at 5:04 PM

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Oh! My God, how we've missed her—how long we've long-suffered! How pinely we've pined! The runaway train of fame and glory didn't even pause to catch its breath after Jinkx Monsoon won RuPaul's Drag Race Season 5, and she's been from hell to breakfast being famous and working her little red fanny off since. (Australia! Amsterdam! San Francisco! Off Broadway! On Broadway! Nowhere near fucking Broadway! And so forth!) She stopped in for a hot minute to give us a little Hedwig, of course, and once or twice more for this and/or that, but now our li'l Jinkxy has finally come home to roost for the foreseeable now. And how is she spending her time? Well. She returns to the scene of many crimes (the Eagle) to work that go-go cage like a really expensive $2 hooker. (There is precedent, you understand; she's worked that cage before.) It's a Nark event, of course (they practically own Fridays at the Eagle), and the event is featuring wonderful others, as well: Futurewife and Erin O'Conner will be responsible for the music, Angel Snow-Bunny will perform a little bit, and the way-too-sexy Baby Bear and Dave Raring from Julia's will take the cage when Jinkx has to take a tinkle or something. (I know, I know! It might seem a bit incongruous—odd even!—to be pawing dollar bills all over a queen who could buy and sell you three times over. But hey, it's tradition.) The Eagle, 9 pm, $10–$20, 21+.
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Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Okay, So What Are Your Six Favorite BenDeLaCreme Moments So Far?

Posted by on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 1:30 PM

Have you been watching the TV? Are you aware of all the, uh, winning that's been happening on RuPaul's Drag Race? Is there something about the water in Seattle that makes our queens really good at RuPaul's Drag Race? Something in the air? Is it pot smoke? If you haven't been watching, here you go. I don't want to spoil any of your alerts, but let's just say Episodes 1 and 5 are... of particular interest. If you have been watching, and you had to write out a list of your favorite things Ms. DeLaCreme has done on the show so far, what would be on it? That cheesecake thing? That one-word "barf" diss? Playing a that scary old lady with the flashlight? The cape thing?

After this past Monday's episode, Adrian Ryan threw together a list of the BenDeLaCreme's very best bits so far. He chose completely different ones than I would choose. BenDeLaCreme has such good bits.

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All This Hateful Antigay Legislation in Africa Isn't Really About Gay People

Posted by on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 8:45 AM

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Uganda is a small African nation surrounded by several countries and a famous body of water, Lake Victoria. When the world hears about Uganda, it's usually for a bad reason: a crazy dictator, an epidemic, a jungle warlord with an army of glue-sniffing children. The latest bad news from Uganda is that, last month, President Yoweri Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Act, which criminalized being gay. Not only that—the act went as far as to make it illegal for a Ugandan citizen to be involved in a homosexual relationship outside of the country. If he/she is caught, he/she will be extradited and punished. The whole law should be nothing but a bad joke, but the parliament that drafted the act, and the president who signed it, and the people on the street who support it, are not fucking around. They mean business. They want to "kill the gays" (as the act was initially called). But what is really going on here? Why is something as ridiculous as this piece of legislation a fact of life for millions of Africans? I will answer this question in a moment, but first I want to explain my position as a black African who lives in a city that has a gay mayor.

True, I did not vote for this mayor, Ed Murray, but not because he is gay. I didn't vote for him because I thought his opponent in the 2013 election was more progressive. I have no problem with the mayor being gay, and I also have gay bosses, gay bartenders, and the rest of it. I'm heterosexual to the max (admittedly I kissed a guy once, a roommate, but found I did not like it). I was raised by heterosexual parents, and I spent my sexually formative years in black Africa, Zimbabwe. Yet not once in my time back home and here in Seattle have I ever felt that homosexuality is unnatural or that gays work nonstop to bend straight people to their dark and devious ways.

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6, Episode 5 RuCap!

Posted by on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 1:49 PM

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Far be it from me to indulge base hyperbole, but: BEST. FUCKING. EPISODE. EV-AHHHRRRR. And certainly the most desperately anticipated. The Snatch Game! Where drag queens go to SHINE or to BUURRRRRN.

Okay, let’s cut to the damn spoilers (I just can’t hold back!)…

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Monday, March 24, 2014

BenDeLaCreme Presents Capitol Hill Episode 3

Posted by on Mon, Mar 24, 2014 at 4:59 PM

RuPaul Drag Race Season 6 star BenDeLaCreme presents the 2nd episode of "Capitol Hill" starring Waxie Moon. Created by the award-winning filmmaker Wes Hurley and inspired by 70s-80s TV shows, "Capitol Hill" follows an innocent young girl, named Roses Smell, who escapes the terrible backwater hell-hole of Portland, Oregon and comes to beautiful Seattle, Washington, in hopes of a better life. But will she find it?

Also watch Episode #1 and #2.

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

The Homosexual Agenda: Laganja Estranza Comes for You

Posted by on Sat, Mar 22, 2014 at 4:39 PM

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Speaking of drag queens (and aren't we always? Like, ALWAYS?), we are deep in the thick of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 6 (BEN! BEN! BEN! WOO-HOOO!). The cast this season is freakishly delightful, and R Place has recently brought several of the queens to town (except Ben, of course, whom they technically can't bring to town, because, like, she lives here already and junk). So far, we've met the amazing and adorable Milk (call me!), Alyssa Edwards and her famous back rolls from Season 5 (#BACKROLLS!), and Shangela (Seasons 2 AND 3, she's so damn good). And tonight they bring one of my current season most favoritest after Ben (which I reserve the right to change at any time), the lady Laganja Estranja herself! She'll be headlining with the usual cast of Lashes, R Place's signature drag show, with Lady Chablis and Robbie Turner, and there are even VIP tickets available, to make sure you get up nice and close. R Place, 9:30 pm, $12/$25 VIP, 21+.

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Homosexual Addenda: LaGanja, Dickslap, Ben, Sarah, and Jinkx!!

Posted by on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 5:11 PM

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Hey there you big gaymosexuals! A thing or two:

FRIDAY/SATURDAY, March 21st-22nd
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FIRST! Now, you just CANNOT be forgetting about LaGanja Estranja tonight and tomorrow at R Place, I refuse to allow it. So please take note: LAGANJA ESTRANGA IS PERFORMING TONIGHT AND TOMORROW AT R PLACE. (Don’t even MAKE me tattoo it on your ass.) You know? LaGanja? The RPDR Season 6 queen I went all hater-aid on in my RuPaul’s Drag Race RuCap this week? Exactly. Well I’ve changed my mind about her for a few hot seconds, so ignore my vitriol entirely and go see her. (Capriciousness. You are my perdition.) R Place, 9:30 pm, $12/$25 VIP, 21+

FRIDAY, March 21st
DICKSLAP!

But what I REALLY recommend you do is go see LaGanja on Saturday night, because tonight is for DICKSLAP. You know it’s in my top three monthly events—I’m simply MAD about the damn thing—and I would be criminally negligent if I forgot to bring it to your attention. I know, I know: we are all going to The Eagle NEXT weekend too, because Jinkx Monsoon is back in town (at long last!) and she’s going to be dancing in the go-go cage, but missing a Dickslap is just something I cannot live with. Of course, we are all going to stop by PONY tonight too, for Sylvia O’Stayformore’s CD Release party (Tales From a Broad—HA!), but that strikes me more as a earlier, pre-funk sort of a do, and we can do both, right? Of course we can. (It’s why we live in the damn gay city—options!) Tonight’s Dickslap is hosted by Amoania, DJed by Nark and Brian Lyons (who NEVER DJs the Eagle, so this will be like a Bigfoot sighting or something), Earthen Oxytocin will be performing, Baby Bear (grrrr) and Dave Raring (from Julia's) will be working the cage, and all of the usual debauchery can be expected. The Eagle, $7-$10, 9PM, 21+.

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The Homosexual Agenda: Sylvia O'Stayformore Drops Her CD

Posted by on Fri, Mar 21, 2014 at 2:59 PM

I think we can all agree that Seattle is currently experiencing a golden age of drag queens. A drag explosion! A wiggy renaissance! Scientists estimate that there are roughly infinity-bajillion fucking queens roaming the streets (and lurking in the alleys and parking lots) of Seattle these days, new and ancient, ranging in skill and talent from world-class to who? When numbering the most beloved among them, it is important never to forget our good friend Sylvia O'Stayformore: local drag legendess, Bacon Stripper, professional Tupperware saleswoman (no! Really!), bingo caller, and now (and most importantly here) recording artiste! Yes, your eyes just heard that correctly: Sylvia has "dropped" (as the kids say) her very own CD (they still make those?), cleverly titled Songs from a Broad. (Geddit?!) It features lots of songs from her glorious Sylvia and Tor days, and tonight is the release party at Pony. Sylvia will be on hand, of course, Honey Bucket and Jackie Hell will be performing (always such a delicious and slightly disturbing treat!), and a tidy stack of the CDs will be available for all of your buying them needs. Pony, 9 pm, free, 21+.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 Episode 4 RuCap!

Posted by on Wed, Mar 19, 2014 at 12:07 PM

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Hullooomosexuals! Here we are! Already on episode four, and can you believe it? Only ten queens remain. It seems like only yesterday that some erstwhile Seattle queen called Magnolia Crawford went down in a fabulous ball of very satisfying flames (LIARS BURN IN HELL, MAGNOLIA!), Vivacious (or “the stegosaurus,” as Ben calls her) took her pointy angles and peculiar heads back to NYC, and…well, I’ve already forgotten the queen that was kicked off first, so best to just move forward.

First! Let’s get things out of the way: SO. OVER. LAGANGA. I can barely stand her ass-face (or her gangly spider limbs, or her giant Crisco-can curl) anymore, do you hear me?! She turned out to be nothing but a big whiny sourpuss boohoo pants. (Sniffle, sniffle, wah, wah! Stuff it in your training bra, you big cry baby). Booo.

Also! I am even more determined at this juncture to believe that Courtney Act was probably born with real honest-to-biology ladyparts, and until I see a few candid penis selfies, I’m sticking to my guns. (Please Tweet them to @theadrianryan for objective analysis).

And speaking of sticky guns, reeallly Gia Gun? “WHAT’S A TONY AWARD”? Any drag queen who could ask that with a straight (ahem) face seriously deserves to be beaten soundly about the head and neck with one. You best check under your bed at night and shower with one eye open—Nathan Lane is a vengeful thing, and the bitch never sleeps.

And you know? I don’t hate Bianca so much anymore. Her evil now pleases me. It’s hard to stay mad at her when she’s so RIGHT about everything all the damn time. It’s all Hatfields and McCoys between the very annoying Gia and the very vicious Bianca Del Rio as they enter the work studio—Gia is being her usual annoying self, and Bianca just ain’t havin’ it. “She’s fish”, Bianca says, “but she’s gonna be floating on top. Dead.” Scurry! Also, Adore has Spock eyebrows. Just sayin'.

And they're off!

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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

BenDeLaCreme Presents Capitol Hill Episode 2

Posted by on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 2:34 PM

This show should be on the real teevee! (TV producers, CAN YOU HEAR ME?!?)

RuPaul Drag Race Season 6 star BenDeLaCreme presents the 2nd episode of "Capitol Hill" starring Waxie Moon. Created by the award-winning filmmaker Wes Hurley and inspired by 70s-80s TV shows, "Capitol Hill" follows an innocent young girl, named Roses Smell, who escapes the terrible backwater hell-hole of Portland, Oregon and comes to beautiful Seattle, Washington, in hopes of a better life. But will she find it?

Watch Episode #1 here.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Lunchtime Quickie: The Hottest Queer Music Video (Narrated by Peter Berlin!) That You Will Ever See (NSFW)

Posted by on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM

It's by a band called Holopaw, and the song is called "Dirty Boots." PUT IT IN YOUR SPANK BANK. I would also encourage filmmaker Adam Baran to make a film for the Stranger's HUMP! festival.

If YouTube pulls this, watch it here on VICE.com.

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Seahawks Cut Bigot Chris Clemons

Posted by on Fri, Mar 14, 2014 at 11:02 AM

The selfish, divisive, anti-gay bigot—who said a gay player coming out of the closet in the NFL would be a "selfish act" that will "divide the team—was considered "expendable."

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The Homosexual Addenda: Ticket Giveaway!

Posted by on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Dearest gaymosexuals! We are perched yet again upon that delightfully perilous precipice of WAY TOO MUCH FABULOUS SHIT TO DO. It’s rather disturbing, in a nice way. Of course, only a fraction (a smidge! a smudge!) of this great junk was able to make into The Homosexual Agenda this week. A tragedy! So let's all just take a moment to cry our faces off about it. GO.

OKAY NOW WIPE THOSE FOOLISH TEARS AWAY! (They're messing with everyone's guyliner—besides, I'm here to fill your big gaping chasm). WELCOME TO THIS WEEK’S HOMOSEXUAL ADDENDA!

Look! If you are prepared to deal with the shitfaced group karaoke experience of a your LIFE and you hunger to WIN TWO TICKETS to tonight’s Ladies of R&B Sing Along at Central Cinema (Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, SWV, Beyoncé, Sade, more on this below!), do this: simply retweet this tweet by 4:30pm tonight, and your name will be tossed into the proverbial bucket, the winner chosen quite randomly indeed. No pain, no poop, no PNP. Hairy a plus.


SO! First let's clear a thing up: in this week's Homosexual Agenda, I discuss the RPDR (that's "RuPaul's Drag Race" for the acronymically challenged) Season 6 Watching Party staring Jinkx Monsoon Ben DeLaCreme at the glamorous Century Ballroom. (Interesting word, "ballroom".)

Further, I seemed to intimate that THE DAMN THING IS WAY TOO CROWDED, and that it's harder than a pecker in a chicken farm to get in, get seated, get fed.

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The Homosexual Agenda: House of Thee Unholy, 'Mo-Wave Benefit and RuPaul's Drag Race

Posted by on Thu, Mar 13, 2014 at 1:11 PM

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Hullooomosexuals! Our first event this week is so flipping unique and mind-boggling, it just might MELT YOUR BIG GAY FACE OFF. Imagine: the talents of Sarah Rudinoff (my secret girlfriend, gurlfran), Waxie Moon (that silly little minx!), Paula the Swedish Housewife (who is calling herself "Paulanow" now for some reason—what the heck was wrong with "Paula the Swedish Housewife"? Too long to sign on checks? A mystery), Jen Ayers, Paris Original... well, damn it, there are just too many AH-MAZINGK talents involved in this miraculous 90-minute mindfuck to mention. This is the first time House of Thee UnHoly has been staged since 2011, and if you are familiar with it, you understand completely. If not? Well, let me just paint you a little picture in words: throbbing, high-level burlesque (I'm convinced Seattle has some of the best burly performers on planet Earth) takes acid and has an explosive rock 'n' roll orgasm all over live music's face. There will be a baker's dozen dancers, a trio of incredible vocal talent, four musicians, some scary/sexy Hindu goddesses, mean old Vikings, and "a little bumble bee with a big problem." It even has costumes by Mark Mitchell! This is sure to be an epic spectacle. Triple Door, 7 and 10 pm, $20–$45, early show 17+/late show 21+, March 12–16.

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And here's all our recommended music events—tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, and beyond!

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Homosexual Agenda: TUCK Goes to Camp

Posted by on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 2:39 PM

It's been a thousand years since we've had a good TUCK, and that's because BenDeLaCreme was off "visiting a sick uncle" or some huge unimaginable lie like that. But at last! Tuck rides again, and this time she's going to CAMP, so dress like a girly Boy Scout or something, and let's get back on this pony. (And you DO want to dress, please; Tuck has the funnest photo booth in town, with photographer Tim Harmon—and if you're stressing about your dressing, there's a makeover station hosted by Atomic Cosmetics that will wig you up and frock you good and hard.) Robbie Turner, Aleksa Manila, Jackie Hell, Mama Tits, Adé, and Cherry Sur Bête will all be performing, of course, as well as (best of all) the star of this season's RuPaul's Drag Race, BenDeLaCreme! (Note to Ben: Hope Uncle Charlie or whatever is feeling better! Sheesh.) Chop Suey, 9 pm, $10/$8 in drag, 21+.

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And here's all our recommended music events—tonight, tomorrow, and beyond!

Opening Today: Stranger by the Lake

Posted by on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 2:25 PM

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Winner of the best director award at Cannes 2013, Alain Guiraudie's Stranger by the Lake is a slow, lovely, sexy movie with a brilliantly black heart. The story: At a lakeside cruising spot, Franck, a cute twentysomething gay man, makes two new connections. One is a schlumpy older guy who never swims, never cruises, just sits and waits for his friendly daily chat with Franck. The other is a sexy cruiser with a Magnum P.I. mustache and a passion for compartmentalized sex (he'll fuck Franck in the lakeside's tall grasses, but forget about dinner, sleepovers, etc.). Before long, a body is found, an investigator starts snooping around, and Stranger by the Lake turns into something deep and terrifying, dealing both literally and conceptually with notions of sex, risk, danger, and the moral apathy of the horny.

Screening times here, trailer below.

See all of today's recommended film events here.

Gays Dressed as Ladies Dressed as Boy Scouts

Posted by on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 12:11 PM

You’ve probably read the ink we’ve already spilled on TUCK, Seattle’s premier dance night for gender benders and “gays in lady suits”—but I gotta tell you, this month’s event is going to be SHOOOOPER SPECIAL! It’s “summer camp” themed (think Boy Scouting and...

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Stranger Sales Rep Taunts Editorial Employee with Terrifying Face Wear

Posted by on Fri, Mar 7, 2014 at 10:33 AM

I was just walking past the sales department when someone who'd read my Morning News called out, "Hey, Christopher!" and popped up over a cubicle wall.

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Hey Tim? I can't work like this. This is a hostile work environment.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

The Homosexual Agenda: Sex.Wav

Posted by on Thu, Mar 6, 2014 at 1:49 PM

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Sex.wav is a newish indie/goth monthly at the spooky old Mercury—but don't worry, you don't have to be a member to get in this time. (But hot damn, I do wish people couldn't smoke in there—it's a private club, you know, and in these days of smoke-free venues, it's overwhelming.) However, I would deeply encourage you to stick to the "no jeans, no flannel, no basic bitches need apply" tradition of the place, because people at this event DRESS LIKE TOTAL FLIPPIN' FAGULOUS FREAKS. Tonight has a theme, of course, and it is confusing. ("Cradle to Grave," a combination of adult babies and goth ravers? Okay, fine by me.) Sex.wav features the creative brains of Cherry Sur Bête, the marvelously scary shock queen Monikke Shame, Rusty Nails, and Hilt TrollSplinter. Our friend Cherry insists that the spirit of the event can be summed up in this little poem called, "Torment Above and Beast Below" by Derek Spoonmore:

In bed/Above/We're deep asleep/What greater love lies further deep/This dream must end/This world must know/That we all depend on the beast below/Above the beast and below the skies/Lies the world that we all never knew/Torment above/Beast below/In this hell/Did we ever know/What lies with us/Heaven only knows.

Music by Ill Camino and Ozma Otacava. So there you have it. Mercury, 9 pm, $5 nonmembers, 21+.

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And here's all our recommended music events—tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, and beyond!

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

"Queers Make Waves": Seattle's 'Mo-Wave Festival on Huffington Post

Posted by on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 1:51 PM

Dear Internet: I cannot tell you how happy and excited I was to see the 'Mo-Wave interview on the Huffington Post today! It's a must read.

And Seattle queers, friends of queers, and everybody else—you should really go to the 'Mo this year, April 11-13th. I'm telling you: IT IS THE MOST FUN.

Full schedule at mowavefestival.com. Bonus pics from 2103, after the jump...

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A Retraction, a Correction, and a Homosexual Agenda Ticket Giveaway!

Posted by on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 12:28 PM

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MiaMea culpa!

In the print edition of this past week’s Stranger, I ever-so erroneously… well. Let’s start at the beginning.

As you know damn good and well, I’m simply MAD about drag brunches. I’ve certainly made no secret of it. Among these is “Mimosas with Mama” at the Unicorn, featuring the towering pile of drag known far and wide as Mama Tits.

Every few months or so, “Mimosas with Mama” (a Skyscraper Entertainment production) completely changes its program, featuring a brand-new mash-up. They began with their famous “30-Minute Hairspray” (which incorporated elements of John Water’s original film, the Broadway musical, and the newer musical movie version that made me want to murder John Travolta in his sleep). Following that was “Dreamgirls” (same scenario—a hybrid Broadway musical/film version), and they have just busted out their newest number, “The Wicked Wiz of Oz”, where they mash together The Wiz, The Wizard of Oz, and Wicked.

Well! In a fuzzy green haze, my fingers typed total lies (as they sometimes do), and the print version of the Homosexual Agenda claimed that local drag performer Robbie Turner stars in the show (she stared in “Dreamgirls,” dontcha know). But the truth is, NOPE. She’s off doing all sorts of things other.

So in order to cleanse my karma and clear the record, my lying little fingers would like you to know that “The Wicked WIZ of Oz” at “Mimosas with Mama” REALLY stars Tipsy Rose Lee (as Glenda), Mama Tits (Elpheba), Isabella Extynn St. James (Dorothy and Madame Morrible), Disco Vinnie (The Scarecrow and Fierro). So there.

I apologize for any puppies that were murdered by my error.

And in order to further make peace with my God, I am giving away TWO FREE PASSES to “Skycraper Entertainment Presents: Mimosas with Mama, The Wicked WIZ of Oz”!

Simply retweet this tweet by 5 p.m. today! Your name will go into the bucket, and a winner will be chosen at random.


Whew! No don’t we all feel so much better? Of course we do.

Mimosas with Mama, The Unicorn, 1 pm, $15, 21+.

The US Must Open Its Doors to African Gays

Posted by on Wed, Mar 5, 2014 at 8:03 AM

If Obama really wants to make a strong statement about the sad and bad situation for gays in Nigeria and Uganda, he should make it easier for them to apply for asylum in the US...

[W]inning asylum in the United States is no easy feat. Granted, the U.S. has recognized LGBT status as grounds for asylum since 1994, but the government keeps no records on how many claims it grants.

"It's an unconscionably hard process to seek asylum in the United States of America," says Melanie Nathan, a California-based lawyer who works on behalf of LGBT asylum seekers. She says it's virtually impossible for someone to knock on the door of a U.S. embassy abroad and ask for and receive asylum.

"So what happens is, they come to America on other types of visas. They come to America on workshop conference visas, on visitor's visas," she says. "And once they are here, people have a year to apply for asylum. The average person — especially younger people in Uganda, for example — will never get that initial visa and don't have money even to fly here."

Also on Al Jazeera...

Aaron Morris, legal director at Immigration Equality, a national advocacy organization that assists LGBT individuals seeking asylum in the U.S. and promotes HIV immigration rights, told Al Jazeera he expected the number of Nigerians in the U.S. seeking his help to increase next month in response to the new law. In the first two months of 2014, 35 Nigerians contacted the organization for help, said communication director Diego Ortiz, compared with 52 in all of 2013.
At the center of Al Jazeera's post is Michael Ighodaro, a gay Nigerian who is rebuilding his life from scratch in NYC with the support of the LGBT community. One of the many things history teaches us is that sometimes it is better to leave rather than endure a bad situation.

Sunday, March 2, 2014

The Homosexual Agenda: Mimosas with Mama and RuPaul's Drag Race!

Posted by on Sun, Mar 2, 2014 at 11:57 AM

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Hullooooomosexuals! As I'm sure you've noticed, so-called "Drag Brunches" have recently emerged as a centerpiece, a staple, a cornerstone of gay Seattle life, and HOORAY!—because I just adore them. (Drag queens and Sunday morning boozing seem to go hand-in-hand and are sure to piss off Jesus—which I always appreciate—and let's face it: Bloody Marys are always tastier with a side of boys in dresses.) In light of these facts, you will be thrilled to learn that Mimosas with Mama has again changed up and refreshed its Sunday morning show (Dreamgirls was the last one, you know, and Hairspray before that) and is now featuring an intriguing new musical mashup they are calling The Wicked Wiz of Oz (Dorothy/Diana Ross, Elphaba/Evillene, you see where this is going). As usual, this new offering will feature the talents of Tipsy Rose Lee and Robbie Turner. The Unicorn, 1 pm, $15, 21+.

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And here's all our recommended music events—tonight, tomorrow, this weekend, and beyond!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Wanna Dickslap Tonight?

Posted by on Fri, Feb 21, 2014 at 1:29 PM

Pssst! The lovely Adrian Ryan is giving away passes to tonight's Gay Olympics Dickslap, which he describes as, "our favorite monthly orgy of JELL-O shots and dancy lust..."

Winning happens over here >>

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Guess What, Same-Sex Domestic Partners in Washington? You're Gonna Be Married, Like It or Not

Posted by on Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 12:34 PM

Ah, June—such a lovely month for a wedding. But wedding or not, this June 30th, "the state of Washington will convert to marriage the domestic partnerships of thousands of gay and lesbian couples who have not gotten married on their own or not gotten a legal dissolution," as the Seattle Times reports.

Commenters over there point out that if one partner is 62 or older, the couple will not become auto-married. And while some think the whole thing seems heavy-handed—"A blanket change from DP to marriage might not be what some partners really want"—others point out that we all voted for this to happen and it shouldn't be any big surprise:

The fact that partnerships would convert to marriages was featured prominently in the public debate. Those of us in domestic partnerships would have had to be asleep to not know the bill would convert us to married.

Thoughts, Slog?

Friday, February 14, 2014

'Mo-Wave 2014 Announced! Right Here!

Posted by on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM

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  • Don't miss Zebra Katz at 'Mo-Wave 2014!

Welcome to year two of the fantastic 'Mo-Wave queer music and arts festival (do read my interview with 'Mo-Wave founders last year)! The dates are April 12 and 13, circle them now with your best glitter pen.

'MO-WAVE '14 LINEUP (so far):
Christeene (Austin, Tx), Zebra Katz (NYC), Justin Bond (NYC), Carletta Sue Kay (SF), Belles Bent For Leather (all- female Judas Priest tribute by AC/DC tribute Hells Belles), CZARL1NG (Oly—featuring members of the Need, Brokenwater, GrassWidow), Ononos, Tacocat (conflict of interest, this is my band), Dust Moth, Boy Funk (PDX), NightCadet, Spear and the Magic Helmet (PDX—Gits tribute band Featuring Marci from Team Dresch, L'Orth, Hypnotits (PDX), Death Metals, Palo Verde (PDX), Half Breed, and MORE to be announced soon.

Uh, so do you know who Christeene is? DO YOU? Christeene is a person I once saw play a freaky drag/dance/nasty rock show a few years back in Austin. She was wearing a pillowcase as a dress (you just need to cut a few holes I guess), and throughout her set I saw more of her um, entire butt hole, than probably any other human being. It was incredible. Highly recommended.

'Mo-Wave tickets will go on sale Feb. 17 @ 10 a.m. at stangertickets.com // $15 single-day ADV, $18 single-day DOS, $40 three-day pass.

Just When I Thought I Couldn't Love Dale Hansen Any More...

Posted by on Fri, Feb 14, 2014 at 10:39 AM

...he goes on Ellen and says more things that make me want to carry him through the streets on my shoulders.

For those needing a refresher: Dale Hansen is the Dallas sportscaster whose eloquent address regarding the coming out of American football player Michael Sam went viral earlier this week. (Not only did he concisely blast NFL hypocrisy, he quoted Audre Lorde.)

Which brings us to today, when Dale Hansen and his wife appeared on Ellen, and were awesome. Enjoy.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Sports Commentator Dale Hansen of Texas on Michael Sam and the NFL

Posted by on Thu, Feb 13, 2014 at 7:06 AM

So this video lit the internet on fire yesterday afternoon/last night. (At least by my clock.) The monologue comes from Dale Hansen of ABC's Dallas affiliate WFAA. It's perhaps surprising that one of the most salient pieces of commentary on Sam and the NFL comes from the heart of Texas, but that just makes it all the more excellent.

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Fear of Being Made into a Woman

Posted by on Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 4:13 PM

He just wants to smash.

Last night I watched The Avengers and came away with a simple love for the comical, no-nonsense Hulk, who just wants to smash. It's worth noting that the movie doesn't account in any way for the fact that during the first half of the film, Hulk tries to kill everybody in his way, whereas later he will only kill the evil creatures and then he goes all huggy and becomes cute-dinosaury in the end, but whatever. The fact is that, even though I did wake up this weekend from a terrible, it-came-out-of-nowhere-except-the-everyday-experience-of-being-female rape nightmare, I personally can afford a simple love for the Hulk because I don't have real-life Hulks in my life.

But then I started thinking about Michael Sam and the NFL, and Jason Collins falling in the NBA ranks as punishment for coming out, and I realize that I'm still surrounded by macho men who have the power to destroy people's lives.

Folks talking about whether the NFL is "ready" for Michael Sam miss the fact that the NFL is a horror-show mainstream macho power structure—despite how you feel about the game of football itself—and all horror-show mainstream power structures, like, say, the enslavement of certain people and the decision to keep others from gaining the vote, do not get ready for a damn thing.

You have to bust them, as Ta-Nehisi Coates writes on The Atlantic today.

Michael Sam's assertion in itself is a blow. A gay man simply asserting his existence is an act of strength that threatens the weak strength of the NFL (what's that saying about how macho men have the weakest kind of strength?).

Because the NFL is driven by dudes who fear, more than anything, feeling the way women feel, as Coates explains:

When black soldiers joined the Union Army they were not merely confronting prejudice—they were pushing the boundaries of manhood. And when the Night Witches flew over German lines, they were confronting something more—the boundaries of humanity itself. Groups define themselves by what they are and what they are not: Niggers are never men, ladies are never soldiers, and faggots don't play football. When Michael Sam steps on a football field, he likely will not merely be playing for his career but, in some sense, for his people.

In that sense he will be challenging a deep and discrepant mythology of who is capable of inflicting violence and who isn't.

Another player (I'm sure he's very important in the NFL but I don't care enough even to write his name here) recently trotted out that old fear of taking a shower with a gay man, Coates writes:

What undergirds this logic is a fear of being made into a woman, which is to say a fear of being regarded sexually by someone who is as strong as, or stronger than, you. Implicit to the fear is the gay player's ability to do violence. It exists right alongside a belief that the gay player is a "sissy." ("Grown men should not have female tendencies. Period," Vilma once tweeted.) The logic is kin to the old Confederate belief that Southern slaves were so loyal and cowardly yet they must never be given guns.

Let's be clear: Gay men are not sexual violators. But that brainless stereotype might actually have a benefit (as long as it doesn't mean gay athletes in locker rooms and on fields are bullied and beaten by a fearful mob majority). If physically powerful pro-athlete gay men standing up for themselves forces macho straight guys into empathy, then that stereotype will have helped to dismantle a whole world of men who have never felt—and in their ignorance, are both terrified and terrifying—the firsthand, implicit threat of sexual violation, the way most women have at some point in their lives. I can't even imagine how different that world would be.

Furthermore, and maybe this sounds too radical, but the day is coming when anybody who watches the NFL and NBA and NHL and hates homophobia is going to have to start demanding that players like Collins and Sam aren't discriminated against athletically for who they are. I'm angry in advance of the draft. I want to smash the NFL.

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