My undying love for Austin’s drag-punk-terror powerhouse Christeene is no secret. It takes a lot to shock me, but every time I find myself in the presence of this magical creature, she manages to take me there (and, more often than not, way beyond there). This past year she also won the heart of Boy George, who, after watching her tear up the stage across the pond, tweeted, “What a fucking awesome hip hop, Beyonce, Evil Dead, queercore, unapologetic, sick show…KILL FOR A TICKET!” The brainchild of performance...

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“I CAN’T give you the formula for success but I can give you one for failure — try to please everyone.” Tracy Brooks Swope Avildsen insists this was said by her grandfather Herbert Bayard Swope at the Freedom House Dinner in the 40s. Tracy is annoyed that this quote is being attributed to Bill Cosby in books of famous quotes. “Talk about re-writing history!” says Tracy. As a matter of fact, famous sayings are always being misattributed, borrowed and they live on and on. •THINGS...

I finally got a chance to see Whiplash, starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons and directed by Damien Chazelle. I wanted to see this movie from the first time I saw the trailer months ago, but never got around to it. J.K. Simmons won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for his role in this film as musical instructor Terence Fletcher, which made me decide that I needed to see the film sooner rather than later. In short, this is a terrific film that I plan to watch again in the near future. Simmons’ performance as the ridiculous,...

Two weeks ago I was celebrating the biggest win of my career, and maybe the biggest win in school history. Myself and friends — Derek Schell, Kevin DeMille and Sean Smith — had a nice dinner and ended up at a club in New York City. It happened to be drag night and we enjoyed an hour-long show. A few years earlier I could never have imagined celebrating this way. Yet, here I was and there were not many other people I would have rather been with. The remarkable thing is how much better my life has become. Twenty months ago,...

(RNS) The Rev. Malcolm Boyd, who died on Friday (Feb. 27) at the age of 91, lived three lives — each extraordinary. More extraordinary still is how he gave each up for the next. For the first third of Boyd’s life, he was an A-list producer in Hollywood’s golden age, most famously as a business partner of silent film actress Mary Pickford. But in 1951, he gave up the glamorous life to become an Episcopal priest. His was an activist ministry. He was one of the Freedom Riders in 1961, he marched with the Rev. Martin Luther...

A lawyer in California has submitted a ballot initiative with the state Department of Justice calling for the death of anyone who engages in sodomy in the state, the San Diego Gay & Lesbian News reports. The proposal by Matt McLaughlin, who lists his address in Huntington Beach, was received by the initiative coordinator at the Office of the Attorney General on Feb. 26. Enclosed was a $200 check and the complete text of his “Sodomite Suppression Act.” The act outlines seven measures relating to those who engage in same-sex...

This piece contains spoilers about “The Last Man on Earth.” The only critic on Earth who doesn’t like Fox’s “Last Man on Earth“? You’re reading her right now. It’s not strange for there to be an outlier on a show that has otherwise enjoyed a positive consensus. It happens, and I respect the opinions of critics and viewers who enjoy the show. But I found the one-hour series premiere of “Last Man” truly difficult to get through. I could see attempts to improve certain aspects of...

Spring break is upon us and students are migrating south to a golden coast of sunshine and ocean. Sounds great! In reality, the beach you are flocking to, while beautiful and relaxing, is a warzone within the Self. A sandy battleground of emotional inner turmoil. This declaration does not come easily, but with serious contemplation. Nonetheless, I’ve come to the unanimous decision with myself that your mind goes through a series of five stages when lounging on the beach: confidence, boredom, disappointment, determination and reality....

Ryan Phillippe might have more in common with Sebastian Valmont than we thought! The “Cruel Intentions” alum admitted to Elle.com he suffers from depression and unfortunately he passed that on to his 15-year-old daughter Ava, whom he co-parents with ex-wife Reese Witherspoon. ...

Newlywed Cameron Diaz has plenty of exciting news to share, but you won’t catch her tweeting about any of it. “I think social media is a crazy-ass experiment on society,” the 42-year-old told Cosmopolitan U.K. as cover star of the April 2015 issue. “The way people use it to get validation from a bunch of strangers is dangerous. What’s the point?” That could explain why the blonde beauty hasn’t posted anything to her Instagram or Twitter account since September 2014. Still, Diaz seems to have no problem...

From Renly Baratheon to Joffrey, and likely Tommen next season, Natalie Dormer’s Margaery Tyrell has had to kiss a bunch of guys (more like boys) on “Game of Thrones.” But in Irish singer-songwriter Hozier’s new music video, Dormer only imagines that she’s kissing people. In the new video for “Someone New” from the “Take Me to Church” singer, a lonely Dormer wanders city streets, clubs and rides the subway as she fantasizes about kissing various strangers. She’s really sad and...

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is about to unleash some new drag slang into the world. In the previous seasons of the hit reality TV show, each episode started with the contestants gathering in the workroom and watching a video message from Ru with the tagline, “You’ve got she-mail.” Last year, controversy surrounding this phrase and a mini-challenge called “Female or She-male” caused producers to edit the tagline out of all episodes and even pull that specific episode from the Internet. This year,...

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” is about to unleash some new drag slang into the world. In the previous seasons of the hit reality TV show, each episode started with the contestants gathering in the workroom and watching a video message from Ru with the tagline, “You’ve got she-mail.” Last year, controversy surrounding this phrase and a mini-challenge called “Female or She-male” caused producers to edit the tagline out of all episodes and even pull that specific episode from the Internet. This year,...

Those must have been some seats. David Benham, one of the twin brothers who lost their HGTV reality show after their anti-gay views came to light, says a gay man decided to “walk away from [his] lifestyle” after he gave him Chicago Cubs tickets. According to the Blaze and other outlets, Benham recently told to the story at the National Religious Broadcasters convention in Nashville, Tennessee: “We had so many people from the gay community reaching out to us and one man in particular from the city of Chicago reached out...