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Travel Thursday: Rhode Island Pride Becomes a Major Success

Even though Rhode Island is the smallest state in the country, it makes up for it with a ton of heart and love for the LGBTQ community that resides within it. For this week's edition of Travel Thursday, we are heading back to one of our favorite New England states and breaking down what happened during their annual Pride weekend which took place June 15th through the 17th. 

The theme for this year's event was Louder and Prouder. It’s a call to action: to stand up and fight for equal rights for all LGBTQ+ people no matter who they love, the color of their skin, or their gender identity. That sentiment was definitely felt throughout the three days of non-stop fabulosity and celebration of our community. 

“As Providence continues to grow as the creative capital, we are excited to welcome thousands of visitors who are Loud and Proud to the city to celebrate the diversity of our LGBTQ community and experience all the amazing events and programs during RI Pride,” said Joe Lazzerini, President of Rhode Island Pride. “As part of our theme this year, we are not only here to be Loud, but we are also here and Proud of our history as a queer community and the fights ahead.”

Friday night was a block party of sorts on Washington Street, which featured the talents of 80's pop goddess Tiffany

Several events took place during the weekend that was, notably on Saturday afternoon where South Water Street turned into an LGBTQ street fair. It was here that RuPaul's Drag Race stars Monet X Change and Laila McQueen brought the house down and local drag talent like Kira Stone and Annie B. Frank lit the crowd up with their fierce energy. 

Saturday night was when an amazing assortment of floats and marching groups made their way down Washington Street. Organizations like SAGE and PFLAG marched with pride alongside their very handsome major Jorge Elorza, Governor Gina Raimondo and many others.

This culminated with their wonderful pride parade on Sunday, which could not have been more colorful. As someone who resided in Providence for five years, I'm fully aware of how amazing this city and state is when it comes to their support of the LGBTQ community. This past weekend proved that thought process, and my hope is that the support continues to grow each and every year.

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The Queens Spilled the T on the Pink Carpet at the Season 10 finale of 'Rupaul's Drag Race'!

The queens from Season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race were serving 10s across the board on the pink carpet of the season finale. Held at the historic theater at the Ace Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles, crowds sashayed in line for hours as they waited to witness the much-anticipated finale that we’ve all been waiting for.

On the carpet the queens were giving sick’ning looks as they got ready for the finale drama. We got up close and personal with the queens to find out what are some of the most memorable moments from season 10, who they think will take home the title of Miss Congeniality (will it be another fan favorite?), and some other questions that Instinct readers and Drag Race fans have been dying to know!

Don’t worry, there are no spoilers here about the finale, but you WILL be gagged with these lewks...Eureka was serving enlarged Scarlet O’Hara realness, Monique Heart with her Looney Tunes Gossamer eleganza, Miz Cracker in her best black widow bitch fish and more!

The pink carpet was flooded with so much glitter, jewels, highlighter that even the tightest tuck could have come undone!

Get to know the ladies in these interviews and get the T on season 10:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And yes...Vanessa Vanjie Mateo also had some words to share about the phenomenon that has been Miss Vaaaaaanjie

 

 

Monet X Change Drops New Music Video!

Season 10 RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Monet X Change has hit the ground running shortly after her elimination from the show this week (see our recap here).

One of our favorite funny ladies (and the best Maya Angelou impersonators around) dropped a hot new music video on Thursday night called "Soak it Up" and it features three very familiar faces from the LGBTQ community.

The video, which is directed by the uber handsome and talented Assaad Yacoub, features cameos from fellow season 10 contestant Monique Heart, fashion designer and porn star Boomer Banks, and season 8 RPDR winner Bob the Drag Queen.

And yes, the infamous sponge dress that Monet wore in episode one is back in multiple forms, including her swimming in a sea of sponges as well as Bob wearing his own version of it while rocking out to the beat of the song. 

The video also showcases Monet and Boomer getting quite intimate (super jealous on both ends), while "hater" Monique gets stuck outside with the photogs. Definitely a banging track that we are going to be enjoying all over the world this summer.

Clip below: 

 

 

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Power Rankings, Episode 4: Who is Currently on Top?

Thursday night's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race was 90 minutes long, yet seemed like it was the same amount of time as a showing of Titanic with the previews before it given the amount of ensembles and drama that was featured throughout.

This week's episode relied heavily on the queen's fashion abilities, as they had to create three separate looks for the runway portion of the show.  The "ball" episode usually doesn't air until there are five queens left or so, so the fact that we had 33 different outfits come down the runway (which is more than I have in my closet) was a blessing to see but also something that I had to watch three times just so I could really take it all in in terms of what the queens were serving.

Each week, we are doing a power ranking of who is on the top, the middle and the bottom.  In week three, Asia O' Hara found her way to the top of the list whereas NYC queen Aquaria was at the bottom (IMHO at that point).  Has much changed though?  Take a look at where I think the final ten stand (Spoiler alert: if you don't know who went home, then stop reading).  Let us know if you agree or disagree.

1. Asia O' Hara (Last Week: #1): Yes, she was in the bottom three this week, but that doesn't excuse the fact that Asia's charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent are blossoming as each episode airs.  The fact that she went out of her way to help craft 10 other outfits in spite of the fact that hers didn't look as good as the others proves what a good-hearted individual she is, and a bottom three appearance isn't going to change that.  Expect to see this Texas queen coast her way to the top four at this point.

2. Miz Cracker (Last Week: #6).  Cracker has a charm and funniness about her that Aquaria thinks she has but she doesn't.  She's been at the top in three of the four challenges, and hasn't been anywhere near close to the bottom yet.  Even though the preview shows differently, it looks like her humor will work wonders during the talk show challenge with Ross Matthews, and that should segue into a hopeful top 9 Snatch Game appearance where she will (once again hopefully) slay this group.  

3. Blair St. Clair (Last Week: #2).  I love Blair, and still think she has that something special that will help her go far in this game, but she's not getting a major edit in a sea of queens that are extremely alpha this time around.  I hope at some point that they give her something to work with from a personal POV outside of her comedy and aesthetic, because she has it, it just hasn't been shown yet. 

4. Monet X Change (Last Week: #5).  Monet ended up in the bottom two and quite frankly slayed the f***ng house down with her hilarious rendition of Nicki Minaj's "Pound the Alarm."  I'm trying not to be biased here, as she's from NYC and I've seen in person just how talented she is, but I truly believe this week was simply a blip and she'll coast her way to the end just like Asia will.  Hang tight, y'all.

5. Mayhem Miller (Last Week: #7).  Mayhem started this season so strongly, then she faltered big time last week, and now she's safe.  Hmm.  Here's what's concerning: the upcoming challenges will more than likely show each queen's comedy side, and based on how she was last week, it makes me wonder if she will fall on her own sword again and not do well as she's become more of a "look" queen at this point in the competition.  I'm still holding out hopes for her, however.

6. Aquaria (Last Week: #11).  You won a main challenge by looking like Lady Gaga ten year later... great.

7. Kameron Michaels (Last Week: #9).  Kameron really stepped it up this week with her fashion game, but I have truly yet to see anything out of the ordinary to propel her any higher than this ranking right now.  This can easily change, of course, next week. 

8. The Vixen (Last Week: #3).  Here's where I support Vixen: she was justified both episodes in her flipping out on Eureka and Aquaria.  I understood it, as she was somewhat provoked by the latter, and definitely provoked by the former.  However, this is becoming her storyline, and that has to be frustrating for her as she's a very talented queen outside of these fights she's involved in.  I hope to god there aren't anymore, so RPDR fans can focus on what got her on the show in the first place.  

9. Eureka O' Hara (Last Week: #4).  We are four episodes in, and Eureka has been safe for two, high for one, and bottom two for the other.  Given that this is her second time doing this, you think she would've figured out a formula to at least win one and make the other queens realize why she was brought back again.  She also dropped in the rankings this week because it was very evident that she provoked Vixen on Untucked, and that kind of behavior really was disgusting and was mimicked how she behaved on her original season.  Tsk, tsk.

10. Monique Heart (Last Week: #10).  There's really nothing wrong with Monique, but she's been nothing but a middle of the road queen to this point and I don't see that changing in the near future.  She's next to go, IMHO, unless something drastic happens on Thursday. 

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

 

LOL: Monét X Change Gets Super Shady About Fellow Season 10 Star Blair St. Clair!

We are only on episode one of RuPaul's Drag Race season 10, and its evident that these girls are here to play, slay, and of course... throw a little shade.  Hay! (OK I'll stop).

Someone who is already making sure her shady tree gets bigger and bigger is Monét X Change, who caused quite the stir in her first episode by winning the mini-challenge but also getting into a heated debate with the other queens about her Brillo-inspired look.

Monét X has kept her shadiness going on outside the show, as she poked fun at fellow competitor Blair St. Clair on her Twitter account Sunday.  Blair, who wound up in the top 3 this week, was the target of Monét's hilarity as she cracked a joke about her youthful appearance.

Blair, who is 22 in real life, looks much younger when she isn't in drag, which was spoken about on the first episode and the interwebs.  Monét posted a photo of her and Blair, except, it really, really wasnt:

LOL.  Of course this was all in good fun, however don't expect the shadiness at all to stop from Monét this season.  "I’m concerned about seeing all the shady shit I said about these bitches in confessionals.  God knows what I said, because after Untucked I’m all liquored up, so god knows what shady shit I said about these hoes on national television.”

What do you think about Monét's playful tweet towards Blair? 

These are the 3 Queens to Look Out For on Season 10 of 'RuPaul's Drag Race'

In two more days, season 10 of RuPaul's Drag Race will premiere on VH1.  After enjoying its most watch season ever with the recent completion of All Stars 3 (which saw fan favorite Trixie Mattel take the coveted crown), fans of the show are left with little to no interruption as we are catapulted into another season of messiness, shade, competition, fierceness and the occasional "dad joke" from host RuPaul

The first fifteen minutes of the season premiere was released earlier this week (Christina Aguilera is the guest judge), and it shows bits of pieces of the girl's personalities.  I will say this though: There are three queens this season out of the bunch that are ones to be on the lookout for, and for various reasons.  This whole group looks incredibly talented, with several contestants being part of legendary families, some of which have competed on previous seasons, however these three come with a major reputation that should get them very, very far in the competition if they play their cards right.

That being said, here are the three that this writer thinks will go the distance and have a major shot at winning season 10 of RPDR.

Eureka O'Hara

As far as I'm concerned... it's Eureka's game to lose.  I don't have any spoilers or nothing for season 10, but I do have a feeling that the story they will craft for her is going to be how she was dramatically cut in season 9 due to an injury she sustained and how she will persevere like no other to win this year's crown.

Eureka is one of the most put together queens aesthetically, regardless of her size.  Yes, I am biased to a certain degree and would love for a big girl to finally win this thing as there has been several chances in the past to make that happen (Ginger Minj and Latrice Royale for one), however there is a tenacity that you already see in fhe first couple of minutes this season for Eureka that shows she's in it to win it.  If she plays this game smart, and maybe keeps her mouth closed a bit but not to the point where it's shut, and keeps her fashion and funniness on point, she will be a serious contender for the title.  Speaking of funniness...

Monet X Change

Once again, bias is coming into play... but New York City has birthed some pretty f***ing amazing queens.  Three of the previous four winners have been from The Big Apple (Bianca Del Rio, Bob the Drag Queen, Sasha Velour) and this season once again has several talented competitors who could easily make this a four for five situation.

Aquaria, Miz Cracker, Yuhua Hamasaki and Dusty Ray Bottoms are all fabulous queens who are doing big things in NYC, however Monet has that extra something special that i think will separate her from the pack.  I've seen her do her comedy, and it's similar to Bob and Bianca only that much louder.  Louder can sometimes translate to annoying or "doing the most", but Monet's personality is well balanced and her looks are extremely on point.  If this season is very "acting" based, then she can definitely hold her own while rocking some fierce looks on and off the runway.

Mayhem Miller

Mayhem has been one of the biggest drag names in the industry outside of the girls who have competed on RPDR.  Not only that, but she boosts a social media following that is on par (if not greater) than some of the girls that have competed in the past, which shows what potential this queen really has.

She's been rumored to be part of each season of RPDR for years now, and  now she's finally on.  There has to be pressure there to perform well, but based on videos I've seen of her and the support she has 3,000 miles away in Los Angeles (Detox for one) definitely supports the cause that she is one to look out for.  Also I would totally kai kai with her out of drag (hit me up, boo).

Who are YOU rooting for this season?  Let us know!

This list was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject.