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Should RuPaul’s Girls Be Disgracing Her?

Should RuPaul’s Girls Be Disgracing Her?

Without RuPaul…Who Are They?

GURL, BYE! Like most of us, I was sucked into the vacuum of the endless amount of drama which branched from RuPaul’s comments of not allowing Transgender women onto RuPaul’s Drag Race. The comments have stirred so much conversation within the LGBTQ community and revealed some of my social media followers – and perhaps those I’d consider calling a friend – are not only Transphobic as all hell, but also completely dazed. Within what seemed like moments, the LGBTQ community was throwing RuPaul under the bus. RuPaul, someone who has admittedly worked his – often times referred to as her – butt off for decades gave a sweet, monotone, PR apology to her fans and the gay community:

RuPaul’s apologies even weren’t enough. He was blasted for posting a photograph of an alleged train pride or something? I guess that’s the yellow and green colored flag – which people were assuming he confused with the Transgender flag and were vocal about RuPaul not being an ally to the Transgender community. It was a little bogus and far-fetched, but as is all social media and opinions – so, sure.

Well, the amount of shade didn’t stop there. The Drag Queens from RuPaul’s hit series – and you know, the show that made them who they are today, got their feet wet with mess. Yes, some of the Queens decided to take their choice words for the person who literally allowed them to get a higher pay at the same night club they’ve always performed at. Check out a few shady responses from RuPaul’s girls below:

Former contestant on the fourth season of Drag Race, Willam, who made headlines being the first person expelled from the series – has been quite vocal of his distaste for RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions. His latest tweets and Instagram posts show his true feelings. Is he being bitter of justified? Willam is absolutely one of my favorite Queens to ever hit the stage – and I’ve met him once in West Hollywood, although he wouldn’t be able to select me out of a lineup. I do find it very suspect he’s been seemingly blacklisted by RuPaul’s media, but that’s a whole different topic for a different day. Willam is the only former RuPaul-Girl I’m going to give a pass on, since he previously appeared on our televisions prior to Drag Race.

But, wait a second – why the hell are the other Drag Queens hollering and lighting their torches for RuPaul? They need to loosen up the corset, because without RuPaul – these queens would be begging for dollars in their hometowns after working their daytime jobs. Seriously, they signed up for the show and must play by RuPaul’s rules. They all do know RuPaul’s name will always come before theirs, correct? They get on this show to fight for second place...so, tighten up those lips and keep quiet. Why try to ruin yourselves? They are literally nothing without the show. Face it, most current Drag Queens are vying to get on the series in hopes to increase their careers – in Drag. RuPaul is the Drag Queen – and the only one who has broken into mainstream media…as well as trying to help them. Why all the hate?! I wouldn’t be biting the hand that feeds me.

While I have no comment on RuPaul’s statement – I do believe we’ll see a Transgender Drag Queen on season 11. Come on, they wouldn’t dare not cast one at this stage – so condragulations to whoever receives the pity-we-messed-up spot. Especially after Michelle Visage has been quoted saying she stands behind Transgender queens – we’re definitely about to see one appear immediately. RuPaul said what he said and I highly doubt he is – or has ever been – transphobic. Will the comments take a toll on the ratings? Today is the next episode of Drag Race: All Stars 3 and I am willing to bet that the ratings of the show won’t go down from all of the protest. I’d even assume the ratings are going to go up after all of the chaos.

Do you believe it’s wise for the Drag Race girls to be scolding RuPaul?

This is the opinion of one Instinct Magazine Contributor and does not reflect the views of the magazine itself.

RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10 Announced

Mother has returned! VH1 has announced that season ten of RuPaul’s Drag Race is coming to our screens on March 22nd.

The announcement came with a video of Ru in a signature sickening look, naturally.

Along with the announcement came the promise of 90 minute episodes, which is sure to be filled with drama, catfights and contouring.

are you looking forward to a new batch of Queens? I’m already practicing blocking my brows and death dropping for season 11!

Drag Race recently put out a lawsuit towards a fan who leaked information about the current All Stars season, these Drag Race fans are ravenous!


'Drag Race Thailand' Promo Video Will Leave You Gagging!

The time has come! After months of anticipation, Drag Race Thailand is revving up those engines. The show that was picked up by the Kantana Group, will premiere on Thailand’s LINETV very soon. The show announced the 10 contestants that will be competing for the crown a couple of weeks ago, but now we have a promo video that has our wigs snatched!

The promo, which is all in Thai, has some catch phrases that we recognize—and some elements that are inspired by RuPaul’s Drag Race—including the pit crew ::fans himself and takes a long sip of pink lemonade::.

You can’t help appreciate homages to many great moments from RPDR that have been re-created for the Thai audience.

Even Mama Ru herself agrees:



The show will also be subtitled for English audiences and will be available on the WOW Presents Plus streaming service.

Check out the promo video for Drag Race Thailand:



'RuPaul's Drag Race' All Star, Milk, Responds to Negative Social Media Comments

If you were one of the squirrels who tuned in for the premiere of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 3, the episode with the HIGHEST ratings EVER, last Thursday, you must have been gagged with the twist of Season One winner Bebe Zahar Benet joining the race for the coveted crown. Not just that, but we got to see many of our favorite queens return with new looks, revamped outlooks on the art of drag, and a whole lot of shade.

One particular queen snatched the wig off the heads of viewers with her snarky shade and comments in the workroom and in the confessional interviews. Milk, the dairy queen sensation, who serves eclectic club kid looks and has a unique perspective on all challenges, had people gasping when he made blatant remarks about Trixie Mattel, BenDeLaCreme and other contestants—which is typical of the environment between the queens. But the overly confident way Milk carried himself during the premiere left a bad taste of spoiled milk in people’s mouths.

I was watching the premiere in a theater with over 200 people and each time something catty came out of his mouth, everyone cringed. People were expecting this from Morgan McMichaels or Shangela, but not good ol’ “does a body good” Milk!

So naturally, during and after the premiere, the drag queen fans took to social media to make their opinions of the drag queen known. Calling him out for having a nasty attitude and being rude. But we forget that ‘reality’ or not, there is always some sort of scripted or pre-conceived agenda that goes into a television show and its possible that Milk was just playing this part. I mean, Milk is here to compete and wants to make sure everyone knows that—and why should we knock down a queen for feeling her oats and telling people she’s here to slay?

Is there more behind this gorgeous innocent face?

After reaching his limit with receiving public criticism, Milk responded to the attacks he has been receiving on social media by posting in hopes that people hear him loud and clear.

People seem to be responding to Milk’s posts, including friend and RPDR sister, BenDeLaCreme who won the first challenge and lipsync and sent Morgan McMichaels packing—or did she?

Are these posts a way to truly bring online attacks and cyber bullying to an end or is this a front to protect any other behavior that we may see from Milk for the rest of season?

'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

Image via Instagram

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.