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Eurovision Crowns a Bearded Drag Queen

Conchita Wurst's win called 'victory for tolerance'

(Newser) - The Eurovision Song Contest crowned a new winner yesterday, and she is making waves: Austrian singer Conchita Wurst—a bearded drag act who is the alter ego of 25-year-old Thomas Neuwirth—performed "Rise Like a Phoenix," won the trophy, and dedicated her victory "to everyone who believes... More »

Gay Bars Lure Straights to Stay in Biz

(Newser) - Gay bars across the country are facing an unexpected dilemma, the Anchorage Daily News reports: Attract straight customers or close down. With Americans growing more tolerant and gay connections moving online, one gay activist says "it's like 'mission accomplished.'" But bars from Pittsburgh to San Francisco are shutting... More »

Va. School Picks Drag Queen for Homecoming

(Newser) - For the first time in years, students at George Mason University in Virginia are at odds over their homecoming queen—because he's a drag queen, the Washington Post reports. Senior Ryan Allen entered the competition as a lark, taking the floor at last weekend's basketball game against Northeastern in zebra-print... More »

Can RuPaul Revive Drag?

Queens have fallen out of favor with today's young gays

(Newser) - RuPaul is back, and starring in—what else?—a reality show, hoping to bring back the glory days of drag. And it’s almost certainly going to hit a false note, Thomas Rogers writes in Salon. Drag is, in RuPaul’s words, “a punk rock reaction to our masculine... More »

Dude Looks Like a Lady

Move over, Cate Blanchett: A list of the best cross-dressers on the big screen

(Newser) - Inspired by Cate Blanchett's best-actress award at the Venice Film festival for I'm Not There, in which she plays Bob Dylan, Entertainment Weekly notes other memorable big-screen cross-dressers:
  1. John Travolta as Edna Turnblad, Hairspray
  2. Divine as Babs Johnson, Pink Flamingos
  3. The Kids in the Hall
  4. Dustin Hoffman as Michael Dorsey/Dorothy
... More »

Drag Queens Take Over Bingo

Bingo doesn't know what hit it

(Newser) - Time documents the rise of drag queen bingo, the revolution that added trannies to grannies to make church basements a little more fabulous. It began in Seattle in the early '90s, when Judy Werle hatched a bingo AIDS fundraiser. "We decided to liven it up in the way that... More »

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