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Phi Phi Gets Bitchy At Atlanta’s Center Stage

Phi Phi Gets Bitchy At Atlanta’s Center Stage

By Mark Dawson

Phi Phi O’Hara was known to be something of a b-i-t-c-h on the fourth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Her on camera antics went beyond competitive chiding. She was constantly yelling at other contestants, often criticizing them for what she believed to be their lack of talent. “I was a bitch and I am a bitch,” she admits, “but only when I need to be.”

Phi Phi O’Hara feels her anger was misunderstood. “I was young and a lot of my anger was misguided frustration,” she explains.

Competing on the show turned out to be much tougher than O’Hara had anticipated. “I thought it would be easy. Little did I know the time crunch we would be under to prepare for each challenge, how quickly we had to change in and out of clothes and make-up, and how long we would be forced to stand on stage under burning hot lights. The powder puff I carried became my best friend because I was always sweating.”

“On top of all that, the girls I was competing against were good,” she adds. “Damn good!”

As she sings about in her new pop-rock anthem, “Bitchy”, a song she will debut at Camp David this weekend, Phi Phi O’Hara has never been one to let anyone stand in the way of achieving her dreams. She didn’t always appreciate the criticism she received from judges and other contestants on the show. She felt much of it was intended to be destructive, rather than constructive.

“Every now and then, it’s important to put your foot down and say enough is enough,” she says. “Much of what I did and said was meant to defend the hard work I put into the competition.”

She takes the words of fellow competitor Latrice Royale to heart. Royale told her that being a bitch is never a bad thing when one lives by a certain meaning of the word. B.I.T.C.H: Be In Total Control of Herself.

“That is a message I live by,” O’Hara says. “And it’s at the heart of the song.”  

Written and produced by Zach Adam and Heather Holley (who has written several hits for Christina Aguilera), “Bitchy” lets everyone know O’Hara takes ownership of the title she has been branded. It is also an inspirational message to fans that whatever negative names people throw at them, they should never let it tear them down.

O’Hara sings “Bitchy” as her male counterpart, Jaremi. “I sing in my real voice because I wanted to showcase a very real and important part of what makes me…me.”

However, she is releasing the track as Phi Phi O’Hara and appears in full drag in the song’s music video. “I could never forget Phi Phi and the impact she has on who I am as a person and the career I have today. That’s why I felt it was appropriate to release “Bitchy” as my alter ego,” she explains. “I would like to eventually transition into singing and performing as Jaremi.”

Phi Phi O’Hara performs “Bitchy” at the RuPaul’s Drag Race BATTLE OF THE SEASONS party at Center Stage on Tuesday, April 22nd. “Bitchy” by Phi Phi O’Hara is available on iTunes. For more information, visit www.phiphiohara.com.

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Atlanta Cotillion Broadens Horizons

Atlanta Cotillion Broadens Horizons

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

The annual Atlanta Cotillion has, since its inception in 1997, raised an impressive $1.3 million for AID Atlanta. However, event organizers are steering the event in a new and exciting direction this year. The night’s fundraising goals will be no different, but the event itself is changing to represent a new wave of cotillion — which this year is themed Cirque de Nuit en Rouge.

Not only does Atlanta Cotillion raise vital funds that are needed for AID Atlanta’s work throughout the year, but it is one of the best parties in the Atlanta gay community. In fact, the Atlanta Cotillion is one of this city’s largest early summertime events (this year it will take place on June 21,the first day of summer).

Originally, the Cotillion was centered around a debutante ball featuring a pageant as a nod to Atlanta’s rich Southern traditions. Each contestant would raise funds individually and everyone would come together at the end for the ball. However, the last queen was crowned in 2012. Since then the cotillion has changed its focus to be more about the fashion-forward event itself. It’s a change growing to new dimensions with this year’s Cotillion that’s even evident in the name: Atlanta Cotillion Presents. This year they’re bringing us the theme Cirque de Nuit en Rouge – circus of the night in red.

“This will be a new wave of Cotillion,” David Janke, chairperson of the 2014 Atlanta Cotillion Presents, explains. Janke, who was also crowned queen at the 2012 Cotillion and therefore still reigns, is very excited about this year’s party. “By transforming the event into Cirque de Nuit en Rouge, we want to make the event more inclusive and at the same time bigger, bolder and better,” Janke says.

The wonderful evening will take place at the newly renovated Delta Flight Museum. Renovations are actually scheduled to conclude right before the cotillion party begins. Cirque de Nuit en Rouge will be the updated venue’s maiden event.

With all of the changes what should guests wear to this year’s event? “We wanted to get a wider range in the community and make this a fun, fashion-forward inspired event where there really are no limits to what you wear,” Janke tells FENUXE and continues, “That also translates into if you don’t want to wear a big costume, you can wear your tuxedo or show up in a fabulous cocktail dress. We want to reach not only the gay community but wider than that. We want to be all-inclusive and let everybody be part of this fresh, fun phase of the Cotillion – a fashion-forward avant-garde bang of an evening!” So dress up in your most outrageously creative costume or show up in your black-tie best – there really is no limit to what you can imagine, create and wear to the event.

Guests can also look forward to a night filled with amazing and talented performers. Both on-stage and happening right in the crowd there will be performances that are sure to wow and thrill guests. Additionally, Janke teases that a very well-known DJ will be setting the musical backdrop for the night. Mix in complimentary cocktails from Svedka Vodka and Trianon Tequila with a delicious selection of heavy hors d’oeuvres and this party is sounding tasty.

This fabulous ball will also feature a silent auction with fantastic and unique items that will appeal to bidders on all levels and exclusive areas for VIP and Host level ticket holders. This night will no doubt be one remembered for years to come so start planning your avant-garde outfit (and remember group themed costumes are encouraged), and don’t forget to visit atlantacotillon.com for your ticket to the Atlanta Cotillion – now bigger, better and bolder than ever!

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On The Cover: The Ripple Effect

On The Cover: The Ripple Effect

By Mikkel Hyldebrandt

For our latest issue ‘Trending Summer’ we teamed up with Australian underwear brand Aussiebum to bring you some extremely hot guys frolicking on Sydney’s Bondi Beach.

If you haven’t had a chance – or if you just want to revisit the stunning images – here are the photos from the shoot. And you can click directly on each photo to purchase the swimwear at aussiebum.com. Enjoy!

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Aussiebum Nylon Singlet
Aussiebum 1.5 Loose Wonderjock

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Aussiebum Classic Wonderjock

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What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

By D. David Kinney 

In addition to all of the great gay events happening in Atlanta this weekend, the 78th annual Atlanta Dogwood Festival is also taking place. You can enjoy the blooming dogwood trees and the festival from April 11 – 13 at Piedmont Park. Ready to put your weekend into high gear? Check out the great Leather Pride events at the Atlanta Eagle, and whatever you do don’t miss the incredible FEMME FATALE show this Friday at Burkhart’s Pub. “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Season 3 winner Raja is joining the cast of FEMME FATALE alongside Trinity K. Bonet from the current season. It’s going to be a busy and entertaining weekend!

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do

7:00 p.m. – Returning Home Art Exhibition at Kai Lin Art

7:00 p.m. – Troy’s Charity Birthday Bash at Bliss Atlanta

7:00 p.m. – The shOUT Show at the Phillip Rush Center

8:00 p.m. – Girls! Girls! Girls! Night at Joe’s on Juniper

8:00 p.m. – Designing Women Live #8 at The Process Theatre Co. 

9:30 p.m. - The Other Show at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. – Boys Room at Mary’s

10:00 p.m. - Got Leche? at Club Rush

10:00 p.m. – Atlanta Leather Pride 2014 at Atlanta Eagle

11:00 p.m. - FEMME FATALE With Raja at Burkhart’s Pub

11:00 p.m. - Daring Divas at Blake’s on the Park

11:00 p.m. – Body Party at My Sister’s Room

11:00 p.m. - Fur with DJ Mike Pope at Heretic Atlanta

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Saturday

10:00 a.m. – Easter Art Hunt with the Atlanta Fringe Festival at Brownwood Park

2:00 p.m. – Lost-N-Found Youth Volunteer Training at L-N-F Home on Chantilly Dr.

8:00 p.m. – Miss LeBuzz 2014 at LeBuzz

8:00 p.m. – Mr. & Ms. Atlanta Eagle 2014 Contest at Atlanta Eagle

8:00 p.m. - Designing Women Live #8 at The Process Theatre Co. 

9:00 p.m. – Bearracuda Atlanta with Wayne G at Heretic

9:00 p.m. – Ruby’s Redd Light District at Jungle Atlanta

10:00 p.m. - GlitterGlam at Blake’s on the Park

10:00 p.m. – Wet T-Shirt Contest – My Sister’s Room

10:30 p.m. – 10th Anniversary Underwear Party at Jungle Atlanta

11:00 p.m. - SYNERGY at Burkhart’s Pub

After-Hours: 3:00 a.m. - Twisted Dee at Xion

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Sunday

2:30 p.m. – Atlanta Leather Pride T-Dance at Atlanta Eagle

6:00 p.m. – 10th Anniversary Harness Singlet Party at Jungle Atlanta

6:00 p.m. – Pitties in the City Dog Benefit Show at My Sister’s Room

7:00 p.m. - Designing Women Live #8 at The Process Theatre Co. 

8:00 p.m. - The Armorettes at Burkhart’s Pub

9:00 p.m. - Cell Block Sunday at Blake’s on the Park

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Atlanta’s Largest Toga Party Hits Plaza Theatre

Atlanta’s Largest Toga Party Hits Plaza Theatre

By D. David Kinney

Atlanta’s largest toga party returns next Thursday, April 17 at the Plaza Theatre, and it’s going to be an epic event. The gay owned and operated theatre is taking the classic “Animal House” college bash and recreating it with kegs, camaraderie, competition and togas. However, no Delta Tau Chi pledge class of ’62 throwback party could be complete without a bevy of red solo cups. Have no fear the Plaza Theatre will have plenty alongside the ice cold kegs. It’s the classic college experience without all of those boring classes to get in the way. 

What could be better than lots of guys running around in togas? How about scoring a great deal on tickets with Plaza Theatre’s incredible Scoutmob offer. It’s one of Scoutmob’s current “hand-picked” offers and for only $18 you get into the show, your own red solo cub with plenty of keg beer and an out-of-the-ordinary wicked fun experience. 

Toga Party Animal House Plaza Theatre Atlanta

Think you’ve got the best Caesar look? Enter the Plaza Theatre’s toga contest and see if you really do reign supreme. If your fraternity days are a bit hazy and you need a quick refresher on how to turn your crisp bed linens into a toga, check out this quick how-to:

The first screening of the movie is at 7:30 p.m., however, if you want to arrive with the fab crowd, we suggest arriving for the second screening at 9:45 p.m. This is going to be an insanely fun evening and would make a great date night!

Animal House FENUXE Gay Atlanta

This is one roman holiday fiesta you don’t want to miss! For more information visit Plaza Theatre or check them out on social media:

 

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‘Sing For Your Life’ Winner Announced

‘Sing For Your Life’ Winner Announced

By D. David Kinney

The “Sing For Your Life” finale was at Jungle Atlanta last night where Christy Clark was named the Season 2 winner. Clark has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from SCAD and is introducing her beautiful voice to the world with hopes of making it to the Great White Way. Congrats! If you missed her performances throughout Season 2 of the live show you can check them out below:

Clark won the competition by beating singer Dominic Greco. Despite not walking away the winner, the judges agreed that Greco is destined for fame and success as an entertainer. He performed lots of great songs throughout the competition. You can watch some of them below:

The show was hosted by Jean Kelley who was fun and affable in her interactions with the audience. She was joined by the energetic and insightful panel of SFYL mentors including JL Rodriquez, Michael Robinson and executive producer of the show Barry Brandon. Thursday’s guest judge was Bill Kaelin from Bill Kaelin Marketing Events Consulting. 

Sing For Your Life Mentors and Guest Judge Bill Kaelin

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College Jocks Make #SELFIE Video Parody

College Jocks Make #SELFIE Video Parody

By D. David Kinney

The Wake Forest University men’s tennis team blew off a little steam recently by poking fun at the slowing fading #SELFIE craze. Shooting in locations throughout the Winston-Salem, NC campus, the video is a parody of The Chainsmokers’ #SELFIE. Maybe this super fun video is the brainy jocks letting their superego finally overcome the #SELFIE love… or maybe they’re just jumping in as fun-loving contrarians. Either way you can tell these guys had a great time making the video:

Want to see the original? Okay. But first let me take a #SELFIE:

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Stephen Colbert Is Moving To CBS To Replace Letterman

Stephen Colbert Is Moving To CBS To Replace Letterman

By D. David Kinney

Stephen Colbert announced Thursday that he is leaving “The Colbert Report” and Comedy Central. He’s heading to CBS to takeover the “Late Show” where David Letterman has held comedy court since 1993 . Colbert is best know for his ultra right-wing character that goes by the same name, however, “Colbert will be leaving his right-wing persona behind along with his Comedy Central show,” Forbes is reporting. “The Colbert Report” will continue for another eight months before it officially ends. 

Despite Colbert’s right-wing character it is obvious that he strongly supports gay rights. Check out these two recent segments from “The Colbert Report”:

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Atlanta Gay News Flash

Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

“Gay Of Thrones” Returns For A Recap

Join hairdresser Jonathan as he recaps the premiere episode of Season 4 of “Game of Thrones” on HBO. It’s two parts vapid and with a heaping spoonful of hilarious mixed in. It’s the perfect afternoon work distraction:

What did you think of the first episode? Will Daenerys Targaryen be able to keep her dragons in line? Will HBO stop cutting away from the best parts (Oberyn Martell at the brothel picking out the unavailable man)? Let us know what you think!

 Chick-Fil-A Anti-Gay

Chick-fil-A Touts New Gay Acceptance As Brand Seeks To Expand

Chick-fil-A is now more profitable than KFC in the U.S., and the brand is desperately trying to win gays back as it sets its sights for fast food domination. “All of us become more wise as time goes by,” CEO Dan Cathy told USA Today, “We sincerely care about all people.” However, that doesn’t sound like the Cathy from two years ago who said he was “guilty as charged” for being anti-gay. So what is making Atlanta’s infamous gay-hater cluck a different tune? “Chick-fil-A executives recognize that the comments may have done longer-term damage to the brand’s image at the very time it was eyeing major growth outside its friendly Southern market,” USA Today suggests. The article talks about lots of the positive changes that Chick-fil-A is making. They’re trying to make the food healthier and reducing their carbon footprint. They’ve even “tempered” their donations to anti-gay groups. But the one thing that hasn’t changed is the fact that Chick-fil-A (a privately held company) is owned by a staunchly anti-gay family. Instead of becoming enlightened on the issue of gay rights Cathy is just sticking his head in the sand and counting his money. “I’m going to leave it to politicians and others to discuss social issues,” Cathy told USA Today. It appears the only thing that has changed for gays at Chick-fil-A is its media strategy.

 FENUXE Gay Atlanta Tom Daley

Tom Daley Reveals He Is Gay And Not Bisexual

Last December we ran a story about Olympic diver Tom Daley coming out of the closet. FENUXE reported that Daley came out as gay, however, some media companies reported that Daley came out as bisexual. Now Daley has cleared the air and officially announced that he is a gay man.

 Derrick Gordon Gay Basketball UMass

UMass Basketball Player Comes Out

Derrick Gordon became the first openly gay player on a Division I college men’s basketball team Wednesday after deciding to come out. “Why now? Because I’m comfortable with myself,” Gordon told USA Today, “I didn’t feel like hiding anymore. It was killing me, eating me alive. No one should have to go through that. I want to help kids who don’t know how to handle [it]. I want to show you can be an athlete and be gay.” USA Today reports that Gordon told his family on Sunday and his coach later that night. He told his fellow teammates on Wednesday. Gordon is a sophomore at UMass. After making the announcement he took to Instagram where he posted the photo below and wrote: “This is the happiest I have ever been in my 22 Years of living…No more HIDING!!!…Just want to live life happy and play the sport that I love…Really would love to thank my family, friends, coaches, and teammates for supporting me….I would also like to thank my support team Wade Davis, Jason Collins, Brian Sims, Micah Porter, Anthony Nicodemo, Patrick Burke,Billy Bean, Gerald McCullough, Kirk Walker…You guys are AWESOME!!! Ready to get back in the gym with my teammates and get on the GRIND and get ready for next season!!!!”

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The Tin Man Project Previews Tonight At Plaza Theatre

The Tin Man Project Previews Tonight At Plaza Theatre

By D. David Kinney

“The Tin Man Project,” a soon-to-be-released documentary focusing on Atlanta’s own Barry Brandon, is being screened tonight at the incredible Plaza Theatre. “[It's] a documentary about his journey through eight open-heart surgeries and the birth of his charitable foundation,” promotional material for the film explains.

Barry Brandon is a well-known Atlanta event producer and entrepreneurial artist. In fact, if you’ve been to Season 2 of Sing for Your Life at Jungle Atlanta this year you’ve seen him in action. (Don’t miss Sing For Your Life’s season finale starting tomorrow at 8 p.m.)

Before things kickoff tomorrow night with Sing For Your Life, take a glimpse into Barry Brandon’s world and the incredible journey that made him into the artist we know today. For additional information and advance tickets visit thetinmanproject.com.

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