Drag Queens

'Drag Race' Winner, Raja, Marries Husband in Surprise Wedding

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3 winner, Raja, married his one-year boyfriend Ryan Turner in a surprise wedding in Norwalk, California late last week. The make-up artist, drag queen, and slaying chameleon met his boyfriend online three years ago where they had a digital platonic relationship until Raja was in Toronto for a gig and ran into Ryan--and the rest is history.

 

Yep I’m married I love you @ryan_paul_turner this image by @marielgraphics !

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Raja, whose name is Sutan Amrullspoke with Hornet to share about why their wedding was such a secret:

We did the City Hall thing. It all happened very rapidly. We decided a long time ago that we were gonna do it. We pretty much knew from the get go that we were gonna marry each other. We just decided one day, ‘Let’s just fucking do it.’ So we found out where to go, filled out all the right paperwork, and then decided to do it immediately.

I mean--in the name of RuPaul's Drag Race: Fashion Photo RuView--these grooms' looks are definite Shooooooots!

The municipal nuptials were quick and intimate, with Raja's closest friends and family in attendance.

The city gave us several different options of where we could [get married], and there’s limited days where you can go in. We wanted to do it as soon as possible, and the next available opportunity was in Norwalk. I was like, ‘OK, that’s hood as fuck. Let’s go to Norwalk. It was a good spot, too, because my family lives in Orange County, and I have friends in Long Beach and L.A.

It's so exciting to see that one of my favorite queens--who I remember watching when I would go to my first gay club OZZ in Buena Park--has found love. Raja has always been a rebel, swim upstream, eclectic soul and this beautifully personal marriage is proof, that for Raja and his husband, what matters the most is that they are in love--and that is perfection!

Oh--and the day couldn't have been complete without RPDR Season 3 Heathers Manila Luzon and Delta Work!

 

Trixie Mattel Serves Up A 'Homemade Christmas' with Holiday Tracks

After a very successful release of her country album Two Birds earlier this year, RuPaul’s Drag Race All-Star Season 3 contest Trixie Mattel has released a special 3-track all-acoustic holiday album called Homemade Christmas.

 

It’s out today! Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music!

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On top of Trixie’s knack for putting spackle on her face, the queen is a talented musician who plays all the instruments in this album that you will definitely want to have on your holiday party playlist.

The album includes tracks:

Christmas Without You – A song reminiscent of Trixie’s previous country album that talks about celebrating the holidays without that special someone and how it ruins the season all together.

All I Want for Christmas is Nudes – A parody of diva Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas is You that tells the honest truth that the only thing we’re all looking for this holiday season is dick pics in our DMs.

The Night Before Contact – A unique parody of ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas which is read by partner-in-crime Katya Zamolodchikova who eerily recites the modern-holigay tale. Personally, after hearing this, I think Katya could be the new voice of the omnipresent narrator if they ever remade How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

If you can’t get enough with Homemade Christmas, you need to check out The Trixie and Katya Show on Viceland which I literally can’t function without if I don’t get my weekly dose. The show features Trixie and Katya in all their biological womanness having back-and-forth banter about important, life-changing topics like hooking up, porn, fear, break-ups, etc.

With 2017 having been a difficult year globally, it’s great to hear that Trixie has put together a light and hilarious rendition of the IDGAF (I Don’t Give a F*ck!) Christmas that we all need!

Oh, Honey! Homemade Christmas is out December 1st on iTunes, Spotify, and Apple Music!

There's Going To Be A "To Wong Foo" Musical

 

Have you ever seen the 1990s film To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (which is often just shortened to To Wong Foo)?

The film starred Patrick Swayze, Wesley Snipes, and John Leguizamo as drag queens (named Vida, Noxeema, and Chi-Chi) stuck in a middle of nowhere town before they get to know and better the lives of the townspeople.

Now, it seems there is a musical version of the movie that’s coming to reality according to Playbill.

The book for the musical is being written by Tony-nominated playwright Douglas Carter Beane and the Score and Libretto (music) are being created by Composer Lewis Flinn.

The To Wong Foo musical will premiere during a workshop with the American Academy of Dramatic Arts between November 1 - 4.

RuPaul Fans Are Praising This Drag Queen Superhero Comic

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We all know that drag queens can be some of the bravest and most amazing people out there, so it’s only fitting that there be a superhero story about a drag queen.

Kickass Drag Queen is an Instagram account that’s started up its own story about a drag queen superhero.

More often than not, we here on Instinct share with you Instagram pictures of this muscular shirtless guy or that muscular shirtless guy, but we don’t as often share the creativity and diversity that can be found on Instagram.

Well, today we’ll change that a little bit by sharing this new Instagram comic series.

The series was originally created by RuPaul season 8 winner Bob the Drag Queen.

 

Queens with crowns be like. . . Illustration: @matteolane

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"First, the name hit me: Kickass Drag Queen, which I just thought was a funny name for a superhero. Also, I really like on-the-nose drag names, as you can tell, because my name is Bob the Drag Queen," she told Vice, "There's just something funny about that to me. It tells you everything you're getting upfront. You know she's a drag queen. You know she kicks ass."

Bob then got comedian Matteo Lane involved to do the illustrations and the account has now started to soar.

The Instagram account now boasts over 32,000 followers with only 6 posts out so far.

Part of it may be the witty humor and the close comparisons to RuPaul’s Drag Race.

For instance, Kim Chi, one of Bob’s former fellow competitors, is in the comic as supervillian Slim Chi, who uses the power of shade to thwart Bob’s heroic plans.

Then, there’s RuPaul who cameo’s as Rude Paul and even says the line, "If you can't pull off a heist for yourself, how in the hell are you gonna pull off a heist for somebody else?" 

So far, there are only two episodes of the comic out, but with more fan support (and follows) there will surely be more to come.

 

Episode 1: Kickass Drag Queen, written by @bobthedragqueen and illustrated by @Matteolane #kickassdragqueen

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h/t: Vice

Take A Seat, Drag Queen Storytime Is About To Begin!

With the rise of popularity that the drag movement is receiving in mainstream media and society, we are seeing more and more drag-inspired elements in our daily lives. We’ve seen conventions, stand-up comedy specials, t-shirts and other merch, television and internet shows—it seems like everywhere we look drag has infiltrated to expose others to the great art of being a drag queen and to empower, more than anything, the LGBTQIA community and educate the world.

Recently, you may have seen the unique form of integrating drag that has popped up at libraries around the country. Drag queens have embraced their roles as storytellers and begun holding storytimes at libraries and school for families to learn about the art of drag as well as to hear interesting stories. As a librarian you better believe that this is already in the works for my own community library in Orange County—more on that as the programs begin to transpire. A library's sole purpose is to provide access to information and open up avenues for communication among the library's users, even if the topic of discussion is taboo or controversial. You better believe THE LIBRARY IS OPEN!

Drag queens started to take over libraries in San Francisco and Brooklyn thanks to the planning of Radar Productions, a San Francisco based company specializing in unique programming. This idea has taken flight and now we are seeing drag storytimes that have taken place in Los Angeles and other cities around the nation. How fabulous!

According to the Drag Story Hour website:

Drag Queen Story Hour (DQSH) is just what it sounds like—drag queens reading stories to children in libraries, schools, and bookstores. DQSH captures the imagination and play of the gender fluidity of childhood and gives kids glamorous, positive, and unabashedly queer role models. In spaces like this, kids are able to see people who defy rigid gender restrictions and imagine a world where people can present as they wish, where dress up is real.

While DQSH is a coined production specifically put on by Radar Productions, many local libraries and local drag queens are taking to storytelling in their own ways and catering to their community needs. However, with the creation of this new form of storytelling, there is always resistance.

Many have voiced their concern as to whether we should be placing emphasis on this alternative form of entertainment and lifestyle. This has been the biggest hurdle for some communities which is why we have not seen as many drag queen storytimes as libraries would like.

In Charlotte, NC Drag Queen Princess Onya has encountered some resistance to bringing drag queen storytime to the community.

In a story from NBC, Brandon James (Princess Onya) shared how he had great support from his family when he came out as young man and would like to impart that same support to other young people.

James has said:

I came out to my grandmother when I was seven years old and I came out officially when I was 11 years old. This is so much bigger than a parent. This is helping your kids and it's helping other kids. It's saving kids lives.

Like the many drag queens who are joining in the movement, James sees the value in books and making these connections at a young age.

Forms of drag have been around for centuries, so we know the art form will continue to reinvent itself over time. But how long will it be until drag storytimes are happening in every state? I think it's time to remind everyone not to judge a book by its cover.