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Out Photos: 2014 Easter Drag Races At Burkhart’s Pub

Out Photos: 2014 Easter Drag Races At Burkhart’s Pub

By D. David Kinney

Is it the weekend yet? No, but we’re getting close! In the meantime check out these pictures from The Armorettes’ 2014 Easter Drag Races at Burkhart’s Pub:

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Atlanta Gay News Flash

Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

Lambda Legal Files Federal Lawsuit Over Georgia Marriage Ban

On Tuesday morning Lambda Legal filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of seven named plaintiffs arguing that Georgia’s gay marriage ban is a “violation of the rights under the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution caused by the State of Georgia’s exclusion of same-sex couples from the freedom to marry and the recognition of lawful marriages entered in other jurisdictions,” the lawsuit reads.

If you’ve been following similar lawsuits in other states you’ll notice that this lawsuit deals with both Georgia marriage rights and the state’s recognition of marriages performed in other states. This is important because some cases working their way through the court system do not ask for both questions to be answered. For example, federal judges in Ohio and Kentucky recently ordered those states to recognize gay marriages legally performed in other states. However, the cases did not go so far as to contemplate both scenarios.

This is a positive step in the fight for marriage equality in Georgia. For more information check out

Georgia Equality and the Marriage Matters Georgia campaign. You can read a copy of the complaint here.


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Church Defends Gay Scout Leader, Boy Scouts Revoke Church’s Charter

Rainier Beach United Methodist Church has a Boy Scouts troop and their leader happens to be gay. Who cares, right? Apparently the Boy Scouts care and they’ve revoked the troop’s charter because the church refused to fire the gay man. “As you are aware the policy of the Boy Scouts of America does not allow open or avowed homosexuals to serve as volunteer adult leaders,”CNN reports the Boy Scouts of America wrote to the church leadership in a letter. Despite the letter from the Boy Scouts, the pastor of the church “refused to remove McGrath from his post,” CNN reports. It wasn’t long before the church received another letter from the Boy Scouts, saying, “As a result of this refusal to comply with the policies, guidelines, rules and regulations of the Boy Scouts of America, Rainier Beach United Methodist Church is hereby advised that it is no longer an authorized chartered organization and may no longer use the Scouting program or any of its registered marks or brands.”

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NYC Pride Names Grand Marshals, Atlanta Pride Accepting Nominations

Jonathan Groff (from HBO’s “Looking” and Disney’s “Frozen’), Laverne Cox (the incredible actress in “Orange Is The New Black”) and Rea Carey (the executive director of the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force) have been selected as the grand marshals for this year’s New York City Pride March. Who do you think should be the Grand Marshal for the Atlanta Pride Parade? Click here to make a nomination! The Atlanta Pride Committee will be accepting nominations until Thursday, May 15.

Bill O’Reilly Suggest Opposing Marriage Equality Could Get You Hurt

For years gay men and women have been bullied and subject to violence and harassment from anti-gay conservatives. However, now that gays are more accepted in society it is the anti-gay bullies who are whining about being bullied. “Fox News host Bill O’Reilly became the latest right-wing media personality to frame gay rights supporters as bullies, baselessly alleging that support for marriage equality has risen so quickly because activists have threatened to ‘harm’ and ‘hurt’ opponents of same-sex marriage,” Media Matters for America points out. In the clip from “The O’Reilly Factor” below, Mr. O’Reilly brings up the CEO of Mozilla who gave a donation to an anti-gay group and was pressured to step down. This was his big example of how opposing marriage equality could get you hurt. Yes, being the face of a corporation and opposing a popular social issue can have consequences. However, that is incomparable to the type of intimidation the gay community faces. Anti-gay conservatives aren’t being beat up after strangers ask their sexual orientation. Anti-gay conservatives aren’t harassed for holding hands in public. Young anti-gay conservatives aren’t committing suicide because of the mental harassment they’ve faced. Things have changed dramatically for our community, but being gay can still get you “hurt.” When you look at the danger of being anti-gay versus the danger of being gay, O’Reilly’s suggestion holds laughably little water. 

Photos: spirit of america / Shutterstock.com, a katz / Shutterstock.com, 

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‘Let Me Take A #HolePic’

‘Let Me Take A #HolePic’

By D. David Kinney

Two weeks ago FENUXE.com said the #SELFIE craze was slowly fading… but that was before drag sensation and viral video diva Willam Belli made “#HOLEPIC” and posted it on YouTube this past Saturday. Long live the parody!

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Aaron’s Amphitheatre At Lakewood Announces 2014 Concert Season

Aaron’s Amphitheatre At Lakewood Announces 2014 Concert Season

By D. David Kinney

Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood has announced their 2014 concert season and they’ve got some big names lined up to play. But they’re not only bringing in big names from the world of music. The amphitheatre is also bringing in Atlanta food truck superstars like Decatur’s Nectar and Nana G’s Chicken and Waffles to better the concert experience.

Saturday, April 26:                            Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Friday, May 2:                                     Arcade Fire with Kid Koala and Tune-Yards
Thursday, May 15 – Saturday 17:  Jason Aldean with Florida Georgia Line and Tyler Farr
Saturday, May 24:                             A Very Special Evening with Dave Matthews Band
Friday, May 30:                                   Journey and Steve Miller Band with Tower of Power
Saturday, June 7:                              Zac Brown Band: The Great American Road Trip Tour
Sunday, June 22:                               Brad Paisley with Randy Houser, Leah Turner and Charlie Worsham
Sunday, July 13:                                 Tim McGraw with Kip Moore and Cassadee Pope
Friday, July 18:                                    KISS and Def Leppard
Thursday, July 24:                              Vans Warped Tour
Friday, July 25 – Saturday 26:          Luke Bryan with Lee Brice and Cole Swindell
Wednesday, July 30:                         Fall Out Boy and Paramore
Tuesday, August 5:                            Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival
Friday, August 8:                                Nine Inch Nails and Soundgarden
Saturday, August 9:                          Flashback Festival
Tuesday, August 19:                         OneRepublic
Tuesday, September 9:                    Kings of Leon with Young the Giant and Kongos
Thursday, September 11:                Rascal Flatts with Sheryl Crow and Gloriana

 

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‘The Lion King’ Cast To Perform Cabaret For Joining Hearts

‘The Lion King’ Cast To Perform Cabaret For Joining Hearts

By D. David Kinney 

Join the cast of Disney’s “The Lion King” at the Woodruff Arts Center’s Rich Theatre for “The Lion Sleeps Tonight,” an evening of cabaret benefiting Joining Hearts and Broadway Cares. Over 25 incredibly talented singers and dancers from the show will be performing songs from your favorites artists including Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Gladys Knight, The Supremes, The Rolling Stones, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Temptations, Ike and Tina Turner, The Jackson Five and others.

The show starts Monday, April 21 at 7:30, however, the cash bar and auction will begin at 6:15 p.m. Want to win two VIP tickets to the show Monday? Enter below:

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What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

What’s Hip, Hot & Happening In Gay Atlanta

By D. David Kinney 

It’s time for the Armorettes’ Easter Drag Races so you know this is going to be a great weekend! Easter bonnets, camp drag and a dunking booth to boot! You can also check out Lost-N-Found Youth’s customer appreciation sale going on Friday and Saturday this weekend at their Thrift & Consignment shop. So grab some friends and family, and get out there Atlanta because this work week is over! Check out the these great things happening in gay Atlanta this weekend:

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do

5:00 p.m. – Half Price Friday Jazz at the High Museum of Art

7:30 p.m. – Tennessee Queer at Plaza Atlanta

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

10:00 p.m. - Bitch, Please! at Mary’s

10:00 p.m. - Got Leche? at Club Rush

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

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

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

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Saturday

8:00 p.m. - Atlanta Freedom Bands’ “Spring Swing with the MetroGnomes” at Hudson Grille Midtown

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

10:00 p.m. – DJ Eric at the Atlanta Eagle

10:00 p.m. - Deep in the Jungle at Jungle Atlanta

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

10:00 p.m. - DJ Alex Cohen at Heretic Atlanta

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

11:00 p.m. - Midnight Madness at 10th & Piedmont

LATE NIGHT:

3:00 a.m. – DJ Corey David All Nighter at Xion

FENUXE Event Gay Party Club Bar Atlanta Weekend To Do Sunday

2:00 p.m. – The Armorettes’ Easter Drag Races at Burkhart’s Pub

7:00 p.m. – Easter Sunday Service at Sister Louisa’s Church

 

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Atlanta Gay News Flash

Atlanta Gay News Flash

By D. David Kinney

MLS Soccer Studs Coming To Atlanta

Major League Soccer announced Wednesday that its newest team will be right here in Atlanta starting in 2017. The team owner, Arthur Blank, is the same man who controls the Atlanta Falcons. So it should be no surprise that the new team’s colors will be red and black. Other details about the team (like what they will be named) haven’t been decided yet. However, we do know they’ll play in the new football stadium downtown which will be soccer-friendly.

Source: WSB-TV, AJC

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Tom Of Finland Honored With Stamp Collection

Finland is honoring artist Touko Laaksonen, more commonly known as Tom of Finland, with a stamp collection that it describes as “confident and proud homoeroticism.” Tom of Finland is the creator of iconic gay illustrations enjoyed around the world. However, as Slate points out, “Finland isn’t notably LGBTQ-friendly; gay marriage has yet to be legalized, and citizens can only legally change their gender if they are surgically sterilized. (Before you gasp, note that 16 other European countries require the same).”

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Netflix Teases With Season 2 Of ‘Orange Is The New Black’ Trailer

What do you think? Excited for Season 2?

Catch Up With This Week’s ‘Gay Of Thrones’

Can you believe what happened last Sunday? We totally weren’t expecting that so soon!

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Egyptian Gays Fear Anti-Gay Government Raids

Gay life in Egypt is almost entirely underground– for good reason. Homosexuality is illegal in Egypt. However, the country still has “a flourishing underground gay community,” to use The Guardian‘s description. Until recently most gay Egyptians could avoid arrest by staying away from publicized gay parties and hangouts, however, gay Egyptians are now being arrested in their homes. “The latest and most concerning raid saw four men seized from their east Cairo apartment on 1 April within hours of signing the lease, according to activists. Within a week, the four were given jail terms of up to eight years – sentences unusual for both their length and the speed at which they were handed down,” The Guardian details.

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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 Superhero Swimwear

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Aussiebum Nylon Singlet
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Aussiebum Old School Swim Trunk

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