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:
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.
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).”
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!
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.
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.
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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While my job as a triple “ZZZ” list drag queen celebrity may sound all glitzy and glamourous to some, it also requires hard work. I’ve just returned from Fashion week and an experience I’ll never forget. While I was under the impression I was headed to Atlanta Hartsfield LaToya Jackson International Space Port for a flight to the Mercedes Benz fashion show in NYC, I was disappointed to find I was headed to the exotic city of Jonesboro for their fashion “minute.”
With Real Housewives of Atlanta Celebrity Look-A-Likes judging, the fashion show had its moments but was definitely not up to my international standards. NeNe Leakes-A-Lot was serving attitude, Porsche looked like a Pinto and Kenya-No-Moore was Breaking-Wind Fabulous although she did fill the room with a certain air. Kandi was humming along the whole time–it was only later I was informed she wasn’t singing. Maybe she was filled with the spirit something. Hmmmm.
Fashions from wannabe fashion star Bob Tackie were less than impressive. Duct tape and hot glue were prominently featured throughout while still leaving the viewer wanting more. Speaking of more, I wasn’t sure but I think I saw some balls under that duct tape. Work it giirls!! And color is the trend for summer! Golden Rod, Mustard, Yellow, Chartreuse, Rust and Burnt Umber are your featured color story. As I think about it, those colors are featured in my panties. What a coincidence!
Norcostco Atlanta Costume Tip of the Week: Cutie Pie Clint says “We have a new line of lashes! Ardell Professional Line Double Up Lashes have twice the amount lashes for a more dramatic look. It’s like TWO pair of lashes in one! Double layer style gives you a fuller, thicker look. Reusable and durable, so you get your money’s worth! Each lash strip is knotted and feathered by hand to achieve the highest quality. Achieve the ultimate glamour look with 6 new styles! Ardell Professional Natural Lashes are available in a 4-pack. An incredible value. We’ve also cut the prices on the rest of our lashes by up to 25% and have a larger selection of lash glue, including DUO Brush-On Adhesive, Ardell Lashtite and Lashgrip.”
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!
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.
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!
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:
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”:
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 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.
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.
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!!!!”
“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.