Miss Vanjie Covers 'Gay Times Magazine' In Glam Style

Breakout star of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 10, Vanessa Vanjie Mateo (aka 'Miss Vanjie'), covers the latest issue of Gay Times Magazine in glam style.

In an tease for the upcoming issue, GTM shares just a bit of what the 26-year-old thinks of her name becoming a pop culture catch-phrase and more.

First of all: the name thing is still ‘a thing.’

While she may have chanted “Miss Vanjie, Miss Vanjie” during her infamous exit from RPDR, its not something she wants to hear in the bedroom.

“I would not want somebody saying the ‘Vanjie’ bullshit in the middle of intercourse,” says the drag star. “Fans love to send me videos of them being in an intimate setting with somebody else, and then say my name in the middle of them having sex. It's so weird. It's the freakiest fucking thing."

“For me, I would automatically get turned off and get really soft, so I don't get why saying my name during the session became a thing,” she adds.

The pop culture phenom also hopes to inspire LGBTQ youth telling GTM, “If I’m able to make people relate and express themselves, and I inspire them to do whatever they might want to do – even if it's Barbie or flowers on a corset – I think it's great.”

“Growing up, I had Britney Spears... so for them to have RuPaul's Drag Race is great as we can show them that you get to be yourself,” says Vanjie, aka Jose Cancel. “There's always hope when you get to grow up, you get to dress and up and do whatever you want to do. You don't have someone telling you what to do.”

Want more of the vivacious Miss Vanjie? Pre-order the September 2018 issue of Gay Times at gaytimes.co.uk/buy

Also gracing covers of the LGBT publication in September are recording artists MNEK and Jake Shears, the woofy Russell Tovey and Chloe Grace Moretz.

Neil Patrick Harris Will Reprise Tony Award-Winning Drag Role At WIGSTOCK

For 18 years, from 1985 to 2003, WIGSTOCK celebrated drag culture in fabulous style.

And now, Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, husband David Burtka and the iconic Lady Bunny are bringing WIGSTOCK back to New York City on Saturday, September 1.

The day-long drag festival will take place at the fab new Pier 17 Rooftop in New York City’s Seaport District beginning at 2PM and continuing on until 10PM.

In an Instagram video, Harris announced he will be reprising his 2014 Tony Award winning role of “Hedwig” from Hedwig and the Angry Inch.

Also schedule to appear are Broadway performers Alex Newell (Once On This Island), Peppermint (Head Over Heels), as well as Justin Vivian Bond, Lypsinka, Taylor Mac, and Varla Jean Merman.

Plus, a veritable universe of drag performers including RuPaul’s Drag Race alumni Alaska Thunderfuck, Bianca Del Rio, Bob the Drag Queen, Jinkx Monsoon, Willam and many, many more.

For more info and to purchase tickets, click here.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit Gay Men’s Health Crisis.

Check out Neil Patrick Harris’ announcement video below with his adorable son who reminds Neil that there will be "wig cannons" which will shoot wigs at the crowd so all can dress up. #LOL



That Time When Andrew Rannells Told Monet X Change To 'Sashay Away!'

Andrew Rannells (Girls, Book of Mormon), currently starring in the acclaimed Broadway revival of The Boys in the Band, visited The Late Show with Seth Meyers this week and his recent judging appearance on a special Broadway-themed episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race came up.

Rannells clearly enjoyed his guest spot on RPDR, especially the lighting: “The best lighting ever on that show - I look like a fetus!”

Rannells shared that after the queens had done their final walks, Monet X Change gave a “very sweet” speech about getting tickets to see Rannells’ wonderful performance in Spring Awakening on Broadway (Rannells never appeared in Spring Awakening).

Monet also gushed about seeing Rannells delivering snacks and goodies to kids outside the theater, waiting in line to see Spring Awakening. (Repeat - Rannells never appeared in Spring Awakening).

“He finished the whole speech, and then I said, ‘that’s Jonathan Groff!'” quipped Rannells. 

“And then he said, ‘No, no, no, I meant Book of Mormon,’ and I said, too late! Sashay away!”

In all fairness, it’s worth noting that Rannells has replaced the handsome Mr. Groff in roles on Broadway (Hamilton), and they both exude boyish, charming personalities.

But, Monet got it wrong. 

Just goes to show you a queen can be fierce in or out of drag.

Watch the interview below where Rannells also chats on getting a phone call from Kristin Chenoweth out of the blue and the upcoming midnight Actors Fund charity performance of The Boys in the Band.



'RuPaul's Drag Race' is Officially Renewed for Season 11 Hunties!

Shake the dice and steal the rice... oh wait, Santino hasn't been on the show in years.

Anyways, kittens, hunties, whatever... good news! Our favorite reality competition show is coming back for its 11th helping (sounds like me at an buffet on a Tuesday night), as it was revealed today that RuPaul's Drag Race has been renewed for another fantabulous season!

It will return to VH1 once again, which has aired the show now since season 9 plus All Stars 3. Untucked will also be back on the popular cable network. 

“After ten sickening seasons, the Drag Race phenomenon is just getting started,” said RuPaul in a statement. “I want to thank VH1 for providing this amazing platform for a whole new generation of super talented drag queens.”

“We are thrilled that Drag Race will continue to lead the conversation of inclusion and diversity as the show embarks on its eleventh season,” said Pamela Post, SVP Original Programming & Development at VH1. “It’s unprecedented for a show to continue to grow on the scale that Drag Race has, and it’s just the beginning.”

So now that season 11 is back, does this mean that we will get to see Vanessa "Vanjie" Matteo get a second chance just like Eureka did this season (minus the leg breaking and stuff)? Rumor has it that she might be part season 11, which IMHO would make the most sense given that she was one of the biggest parts of S10 and was only on one episode. VANJIE!


Abrasive Pastor Disrupts Drag Queen Story Hour!

Abrasive Pastor Disrupts Drag Queen Story Hour!

This Isn’t The First Time He’s Publicly Harassed Children!

#GROAN! Frequently on my social media, I’ve encountered many acquaintances and beyond speaking of Drag Queen Story Hour. The event, created in San Francisco by Michelle Tea and Radar Productions, does just as the title of their event: Drag Queen read children’s books to give queer children role models and imagine themselves in a world where they are accepted and allowed the freedom to be themselves. Officially, the library has been open for a year – and we’ve been there to cover the Queens’ giving back to the children from the start. While the event is harmless, an Evangelist Pastor recently showed up at the Story Hour to spread his hatred.

In a video released on Facebook from NowThisPolitics, Pastor Dave Grisham of Last Frontier Evangelism. I tried to do some sleuthing for you and discovered Grisham lives in Anchorage, Alaska. On June 9th, he boasts in a public Facebook post claiming he was the first ministry in history to directly confront homosexuals in a public library. He claims the homosexuals are “coming after the children.” Check out his cringe worthy post below:

This may not be the first time you’ve seen Grisham. In December 2016, Grisham went into a Texas mall and screamed to children that Santa is not real. His public, unhinged rant – obviously terrifying children – can be rewatched here. Who is the person truly coming for children? A kind Drag Queen reading a book or someone crushing their dreams in a public space!? This guy is a lunatic!

Grisham invaded a ticketed event (the Story Hour) by announcing his name – immediately followed by “NO!” But, of course, he can not mind his own business. He continues a rant stating there is no such thing as transgender and Drag Queens. He’s clearly confused that Queens and transgender individuals are completely opposite. One is a character or a job, while the other is an actual human being. The organizers are fast to kick him out, although Grisham declares he has a right to disrupt the event. The video is so terrifying. This guy invades a completely silent, peaceful room to spread his hate. This is not okay.

Check out the disturbing video below:



Don’t forget you can check out the many events being held by Story Hour here. Just, maybe don’t show up spewing the hate in your heart.

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



Willam Opens Up About What REALLY Went on While on Drag Race

Saturday Night Live’s Leslie Jones has been binge watching Season 4 of RuPaul’s Drag Race—yeah…she’s a little behind. But in here marathon of fabulosity her wig has been snatched time and time again as she grew fonder of Latrice Royale and the rest of the cast that made Season 4 one of the most memorable.

Quite possibly the best thing about her binge was her discovery of Willam’s controversial and shocking disqualification. The death-drop heard ‘round the world!

It led Leslie to inquire on Twitter:





…and wouldn’t you know it? Willam had some answers for her.

Via a series of long notes, Willam shared via Twitter some of the most intimate behind-the-scenes stories about Drag Racedom. She shares how rude the production assistants were and how mistreated they sometimes felt—not to mention when they were asked to not engage RuPaul in conversation.

The long tale ends with some of the reasons as to how and why she was disqualified from the competition. Incidents that pushed her beyond Rupaulogizing!



But Leslie wanted more and more—So Willam gave it one last go!

I smell a Tell-All book brewing…Willam, I want in as an editor!

Are these behind-the-scenes tellings of RuPaul’s Drag Race true? Is it possible that these harsh rules and parameters put on the contestants are irrational? Or is this just Willam being Willam?

We Need To Talk About Kameron Michaels!

We Need To Talk About Kameron Michaels!

Is The Muscle Queen Too Fit For Drag Race?

As most of the LGBTQ community, I’ve been keeping up with the latest season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Mainly because I don’t want to be left in the dark with the endless amount of Vanessa Vanjie Mateo memes. Speaking of the obvious Fan Favorite, please allow me to scream her name once more - #MISSVANJIE!

Moving forward: We’ve been on a wild ride all season where this is no obvious winner, unlike Bob The Drag Queen, Sharon Needles, and Jinkx Monsoon. One of my fellow Instinct Contributors has been teeter tottering with power rankings all season, most of which I can get on board with. However, the stand out Queen this season to me has simply been under edited and it’s driving me bonkers.

I’m talking about current contestant and Muscle Queen, Kameron Michaels. I may be a little biased, on my personal social media, I’ve encountered Michaels on and off for the last few years as I’m familiar with his friendship with Aurora Sexton – you know, the girl who started an uproar last summer after calling out diva antics of Drag Race Queens. I was absolutely pumped to see someone tackle Drag Race after peeping them on and off.

On paper, Michaels is a fit for a winner and an annoying fanbase: He’s attractive, feminine, and young. Unfortunately for Michaels, his personality has been lacking on screen due to poor edit. I believe, in his real life, Michaels doesn’t try to do the most. I don’t believe he walks around town twerking or screaming in public for attention. What I can see from my screen is someone who is talented but doesn’t want to be that loud, obnoxious voice demanding to stand out in a crowd. We’ve seen a handful of Queens on this show who are willing to make asses of themselves on camera and it never pays off (The Vixen, Derrick Barry, Phi Phi O’Hara), so why are we – and the edit – being so hard on Michaels for being the literal term of congenial?

Often someone will reference Michaels’ quiet demeanor and there will be a chime added in which is basically a snore. Should we not fall for Michaels because he’s not an outrageous, over-the-top-Henney type of Queen the series wants us to believe is every Drag Queen?

We’ve recently covered Eureka O’Hara being shoved down our throats. I frankly am rooting for Eureka to take the entire show, so I’m fine with her being essentially the Narrator of the season. But, we’ve gotten blips of Miz Cracker’s upbringing, Asia O’Hara’s struggle, Aquaria’s god-awful attitude, and yet nothing from Michaels. Sure, one may argue Michaels’ soft spoken, kind nature doesn’t translate well to entertain a reality television show audience: But, while watching the show, I can’t help but realize everyone gets a better edit compared to Michaels. It was hard to even recognize Michaels as a contestant until episode five. Unfortunately, I cannot see Michaels' edit leading him to a victory – but his creativity and talent may push him into the finale.

Are we led to believe you must be a particular type to win this series? It appears the louder you are, the quicker you cry – the farther you’ll get. Again, I’m hypocritical as I would love to see Eureka – or anyone besides Aquaria – win, but it’s just a bit eye opening to say the least. I’d hate for incredibly talented Queens who are soft spoken to refrain from auditioning because they don’t want to be pegged as boring. Ouch.

Do you believe Michaels’ quiet edit eliminates him as a contender the crown?

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.

'RuPaul's Drag Race' Power Rankings, Episode 10: I've Had It... Officially

This writer has become unhinged, so prepare for major shade... and spoiler alerts.

Last night's episode of RuPaul's Drag Race left us with the same amount of queens it did the last time, 6, due to the non-elimination that saved both Kameron Michaels and Eureka. It's a move that left Aquaria mad and frustrated, which made me want to jump through the TV screen at this point and yell STFU because I've literally HAD IT with her attitude and I'm thrilled that Asia O'Hara took care of that for me before the segment was up. 

The mini-challenge this week was quite possibly one of the funniest they have ever done, in where the remaining six had to butch themselves the f**k up for a fragrance RuPaul is selling, appropriately called... Trade.

After that, it was a social media influencer extravaganza of sorts where the queens had to do a drag makeover of six popular online stars. This included Tyler Oakley (paired with Monet X Change), Kingsley (with Aquaria), Chester See (with Miz Cracker), Raymond Braun (with Asia O'Hara), Anthony Padilla (with Kameron Michaels) and someone by the name of Frankie Grande (paired with Eureka) who I've never really heard of before. They also had to make a homemade video of themselves dancing and lip syncing to Ru's song "Charisma Uniqueness Nerve and Talent."

Here's where the spoiler alert comes in, y'all, so if you haven't watched the episode left, find another fabulous article on Instinct's page and come back for the shady shade shade after you've observed. Monet went home over Kameron... and I still struggle to figure out how the f**k the judges could not see the family resemblance between her and Tyler.

It was dead on, they both looked fabulous, had a blast on the runway and did a great job in the homemade video. The bottom two, IMHO, should have been Kameron and Aquaria. Kameron's look was basic, the episode set her up for bottom two from the get as she didn't really connect with her partner. Aquaria and Kingsley did not look good as a pair, the outfits didn't match and the overall execution was poor. How she has not lip synced yet is incredible to me, however I do think they are setting us up for a Cracker vs. Aquaria type of deal before the winner is revealed (now we have to wait two weeks for a new episode. Ergh.)

Ok, rant over. Now we have five queens left: 2 NYC'ers, 2 Tennessee locals and one from Texas. Who now has what it takes to truly win in the end?

Each week, we are doing a power ranking of who is on the top, the middle and the bottom.  In last week's rankings, Asia shot back to the top after almost being eliminated. Who will fall where this week?

1. Asia O'Hara (last week: #1). What a rebound Asia has had over the past two weeks. She was stellar in last night's episode with her partner Raymond (AKA America O'Hara), and the fact that she was able to put together a duplicate jacket in that amount of time that looked polished and stunning was incredible. I've had a feeling that Asia would win this for a while, and last night's episode ALMOST solidifies her not only making it to the top four but taking home the much-deserved crown. 

2. Eureka (last week: #2). She put her best foot forward with Frankie and his "personality" to get herself in the high group of the week. Eureka is making the finals, it's been obvious since the get given her edit that she's received and I think we would all be collectively gagged at this point if she didn't make it to the end. 

3. Miz Cracker (last week: #6). F***ing FINALLY! Cracker finally pulled out a much deserved win, and I'm so thrilled that it happened on this particular challenge. She turned Chester (how you doing, by the way) into Miz Cookie realness and the makeup, body and outfit were completely on point. Does this make her a finalist? Somewhat. I do worry if there is something up production's sleeve with her and Aquaria still, although they haven't really done much with their drama after the first or second episode. Stay tuned though.

4. Aquaria (last week: #4). I want her gone, seriously. I know I'm coming across harsh, but her complete lack of self-awareness is not enjoyable to watch and I struggle to understand how she can become America's Next Drag Superstar when her "me, me, me" mentality is so off-putting. 

5. Kameron Michaels (last week: #5). I think Kameron is very likable, and has done a super job this season given how quiet her demeanor has been throughout it all. I don't think that is enough, however, to catapult her into the top four, and she's been in the bottom two for the past two weeks. If that happens again for a third time around, no matter how good of a lip sync "assassin" she is, she'll be going home. 

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. 




Mimi Imfurst Admits Fault In Sexual Harassment Allegations!

Mimi Imfurst Admits Fault In Sexual Harassment Allegations!

Did The Drag Race Star Go Too Far?

#LORD! Are you unfamiliar with the infamous RuPaul’s Drag Race star Mimi Imfurst? Imfurst AKA Braden Chapman is primarily known for embarrassing herself on the first edition of Drag Race All Stars and picking up another Drag Queen on stage, but it appears as if she’s still trying to put her hands on fellow Queens – and still not respectfully.

According to Queerty, Philadelphia Magazine launched an investigation in which Imfurst has been sexually harassing young men -  who are upcoming and aspiring Drag Queens – over the internet! Two of the men who came forward, Kyle Ayotte and Ethan Hunter Raysor, explained Imfurst was persistent in sexual chatting over the internet. They claim to not be the only ones who have suffered uncomfortable messages from Imfurst. The young Queens say they entertained Imfurst’s chats due to her success in the Drag community. They felt obligated to chat with her – and I totally get that. Why would you piss off Philadelphia’s most popular Drag Queen if you want to follow in her footsteps? Ayotte claims Imfurst was preying on his inexperience as a sexual fetish.

Imfurst released an apology. In it, she claims to believe the conversations were consensual. Check out what she has to say:

“It has come to my attention that my sexual conversations via online messaging were uncomfortable for multiple people that I was engaging with. [With t]wo of those people, I have had ongoing late-night sexual conversations that involved in-depth and often exaggerated cyber roleplay that although was welcomed by some has made others uncomfortable and used. For that I am incredibly sorry. I thought that our conversation, which included sexual and nonsexual discussions, was consensual. I realize now that my intent to engage in a playful and welcomed conversation that I initiated did not have the impact on the them that I thought it did.

I deeply regret that due to my nature as a public person, they felt pressured or obligated to partake in these conversations, one of which lasted over two years back and forth. I wish I had known more clearly that they did not want to participate in the conversations. If I would have known that, I would have stopped. I respect both Kyle and Ethan greatly and would never want to make them feel violated. I apologized to Ethan in October privately when this was first brought to my attention, and I now extend my apologies to others that I have hurt as well. I am not perfect. I have made great mistakes that I am truly sorry for and humbled by.

I am incredibly sorry for this and can only work to be a better person and leader in Philadelphia. If anyone has issues I hope that they will speak to me privately so I can apologize to them directly.”

Do you believe Imfurst is guilty of sexually harassing these up and coming Drag Queens?

Philadelphia Magazine spills more tea on the young men’s stories and you need to check it out HERE!