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From LA To NYC: DragCon With Holly 2017

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Five months ago, during his Keynote speech at the end of an incredible two days of RuPaul’s DragCon in Los Angeles, RuPaul instructed us to pack up our lashes and tuck tape, as they would be flying to New York City for the first ever East Coast DragCon. After an overwhelming response resulted in an early date change, this past weekend it finally happened, and of course, I flew across the country to be there. After L.A. DragCon completely exceeded all my expectations, the idea of an East Coast Con was exciting, but felt a journey into the unknown. L.A.…

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DracgCon NYC 2017

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Congratulations RuPaul’s DragCon on a successful Dragcon. We were thrilled to be a part of it. RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions (“RuPaul’s Drag Race,” “Million Dollar Listing”, “Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce,”) – winners of three Emmys at this weekend’s Creative Arts Emmys for RuPaul’s Drag Race, including a second consecutive Outstanding Host win for RuPaul – welcomed a sold out crowd of more than 35,000 attendees to the first ever RuPaul’s DragCon NYC on Sept. 9-10 at Manhattan’s Jacob K. Javits Center. Created by RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions, RuPaul’s DragCon is the world’s largest all-ages and family friendly…

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Disney Hit Shows Love For Same-Sex Families

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Doc McStuffins, the ongoing Disney series focuses on character Dottie McStuffins who cares for her stuffed animals in her playroom doctor’s office. The show first aired in 2012 and has continued to stay relevant not only for its content, but also for its creator. Chris Nee, creator, has spoken out about how she wanted to make a show with accepting and open-minded characters. In doing so, this progressive series will expand the “norms” of what children are being exposed to on television. As a mother to a son with two moms, Nee believes that this is a major part of…

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A Short History on Trans Rights by Laverne Cox

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Best known by her role on Netflix’s Orange is The New Black, Laverne Cox has become a pioneer voice as a transwoman in the LGBT community. Cox has teamed up with the ACLU, producer of Transparent, Zackary Drucker, Molly Crabapple, and Kim Boekbinder to create a short film showcasing the journey of trans history. While gay rights have been touched upon a lot in the last few decades, the story behind transgender rights is not as well known. In a short 4 minutes, the video guides you through the progression of transgender inclusiveness. Starting from the first riot and ending…

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Emmy Nomination: Why It’s Important

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RuPaul’s Drag Race has been a favorite of many members of the LGBT community for nine seasons now. The show has won several awards in years past, including those from The Television Critics Association Awards, NewNowNext Awards, MTV Movie + TV Awards, Gold Derby Award, GLAAD Media Award, and a PRimetime Emmy. The Emmy win last year was for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. Now, it has the chance to win the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality Competition Program, which in years past has gone to The Amazing Race (10), Top Chef (1), and The Voice…

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“Syndrome”

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Artist: Matthew Steele. Bio: Matthew lives in Los Angeles, where he watches the days become nights. He likes making lines into worlds. Draglickclipse.blogspot.com Hartcretur.tumblr.com

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Queer Blues Queens of the Early 20th Century

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The blues isn’t exactly the genre of the moment, but it sure feels apt for the times. It’s also a style that owes a lot to queer black women. The first blues queen to reach celebrity status, a business woman who marketed herself and organized her own tours throughout the 1920’s and ‘30s, was named Ma Rainey. In addition to possessing a powerful voice, she was a born performer–Charming, funny, and audacious. She was once arrested in Chicago for holding a lesbian orgy in her hotel room. A few years later, she wrote a song called “Prove it On Me…

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Spotlight: Abdi Nazemian

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This month, The LGBT Sentinel is proud to present Abdi Nazemian as our spotlight author. His latest book sees him take on the world of Young Adult fiction in The Authentics released on August 8. What begins as an English class assignment transforms into a messy but fulfilling journey of self-discovery for a Beverly Hills teen. The project is simple: the students must present the stories of how they got to where they are today, but 15-year-old Daria Esfandyar gets startling results from a genealogy test she takes with her friends, learning that she is half Mexican and not fully…

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Outfest 2017: Why It Matters

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Outfest is one of the biggest queer events in the United States, located in one of the biggest film hubs in the world. Since its beginning in 1979, the festival has grown into a powerful institution in LGBTQ+ life as well as in mainstream film. Outfest’s slogan says everything about its role in our culture: “Our Stories Have Power.” In a world filled with stories that normalize the erasure and manipulation of queer narratives, movies and TV created by queer people can act as powerful antidotes. Stories are the conduits through which we understand the world; lessons that teach us…

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Outfest Review: Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution

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The ideal queer community is one in which any queer person feels welcome, seen, understood, and included. Unfortunately, that ideal isn’t always (or even often), reflected in reality. White, cis, gay men occupy a position of power and privilege, dominating conversations about queer life, culture, and politics that are in dire need of more diverse voices and viewpoints. Yony Leyser’s delightfully ragged documentary, Queercore: How to Punk a Revolution, both documents a historical cultural movement in the LGBTQ+ community, and serves as motivation to create more inclusive, diverse spaces today. The film hones in on the homocore (more modernly referred…

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