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In Review: RuPaul’s Drag Con 2017

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If drag is your religion, then RuPaul’s Drag Con is the yearly pilgrimage you need to take. Held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on April 28 – 30, RPDC hit its third anniversary this year and I, along with three friends, was there to experience every sickening minute. Tips Before You Arrive Go VIP Regular tickets for the whole weekend are $50, and the VIP package is $100 extra. Worth every single penny. That VIP badge will get you into the convention for two hours on Friday night and half an hour before standard ticket holders on Saturday and…

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A Place For Everyone: Gaining Visibility With The Help Of Frank Ocean

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Although Frank Ocean has avoided labelling his sexuality, his music is an antidote to the bisexual invisibility that is part of our culture. In recent years, the idea of bi invisibility has gained some ground in LGBTQ discourse. Bi invisibility/ bi erasure describes the tendency for people who are attracted to more than one gender to experience less understanding and support from their communities. Self-identified “B”s are the biggest population within the LGBTQ community, but you wouldn’t know it from the way their identities are represented in our culture. Exclusion from queer spaces like Pridefest, underrepresentation in the media and…

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Why Marriage Equality Still Does Not Equal Parent Equality

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If I had written this article a year ago, the premise likely would have been different. I still would have talked about the legal need for second parent adoptions, but it would have been written with an air of “but of course we can all hope that this will be unnecessary in the future as clearly we are moving towards equality in all aspects”. Today, I write instead with more of a pressured focus to educate parents that I wouldn’t assume anything. There is continuing case for second parent adoptions. Same sex partners are still finding themselves in an odd…

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Presenting La Femme Bohème – One Company’s Story of Taking on Gender and Sexuality in Opera

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MetroWest Opera Presents La Femme Bohème – The Original All-Female Version of Puccini’s La Bohème Mosesian Center for the Arts Black Box Theater 321 Arsenal Street Watertown, MA 02472     Now in its 10th year, MetroWest Opera—a small, grass-roots professional opera company based in Boston, MA—is challenging notions of casting in opera—in particular the depiction of gender and sexuality—with the regional premiere of La Femme Bohème, the original all-female version of La Bohème.  First produced by Local Artists, Local Opera (LOLA) in Austin, Texas, La Femme Bohème is a direct response to a growing issue within the world of…

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HER: A New Kind of Dating App

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Even the most extroverted, confident, and social media-savvy LGBTQIA women know that dating apps can be more work than they’re worth. Sure, they make it easier to meet people, but there’s no doubt that every date is a gamble. The dating app “Her” aims to make dating a little easier for queer women. First, the app is exclusively for LGBT-identifying women. This alone has a big impact: Users are free from the burden of sifting through hordes of straight cis men on apps like Tinder, and users already have a couple things in common—queerness and womanhood. No need for table…

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Kent Yoshimura – Solo Exhibition – ‘Oral Floral’

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May 6th – June 3, 2017, Los Angeles, CA Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6th, 2017; 6 -10pm Closing: Sunday, June 4th, 2017 Los Angeles, CA – Jai & Jai Gallery is pleased to present ‘Oral Floral,’ a solo exhibition by Kent Yoshimura with an opening reception on Saturday, May 6th, 2017. In the artist’s first solo show with Jai & Jai Gallery, Kent Yoshimura presents new works that play with the “elusive complexities of our thoughts and desires.” By organizing the space in a circular flow, the viewer observes a curated narrative through different mediums ranging from delicate sculptures to…

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A QUICK TRIP TO BERLIN

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My latest destination: Berlin. The city of darkness and the unknown. Berlin isn’t for everyone, but for those who like it the first day of arrival- you will more than likely LOVE it the second day. Case in point, by my second day,  I was ready to apply for residency. The city has personality unlike any other, especially given that it is artfully wrapped in murals and graffiti. Fun fact: Berliners compliment the almost stage-like aesthetic, as they are known for their edgy sense of style, their height, and how unbelievably nice they are. GETTING OUT/GETTING IN: I arrived to…

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2016 Dies a Long, Agonizing Death, But No One Will Mourn Its Passing

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It is increasingly the one thing that everyone, regardless of race, gender, orientation, age, or religion can agree on: 2016 and its many unexpected surprises has led us all to conclude that this year is one we’re happy to have behind us as soon as possible. From Britain’s divorce from the European Union with Brexit to the elections of Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte and American president Donald Trump, there are as many unhappy about the outcome as those who are pleased with the result, but both groups do acquiesce to the inarguable fact that choosing between bad and worse isn’t…

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MTV ANNOUNCES TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK

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MTV ANNOUNCES TRANSGENDER AWARENESS WEEK PROGRAMMING INCLUDING THE PREMIERE OF POWERFUL NEW DOCUMENTARY, “TRANSFORMATION” ON THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 17 AT 10:00 P.M. ET/PT 8All-New Episode of “True Life: We Are Transitioning” to Premiere at 9:00 P.M. ET/PT To view the trailer click HERE New York, NY – November 10, 2016 – MTV today announced the premiere of “Transformation,” a one-hour documentary about Los Angeles-based transgender and gender non-conforming youth, on Thursday, November 17 at 10:00 p.m. ET/PT. The latest film from the “MTV Docs” division is part of MTV’s Transgender Awareness Week programming, beginning Monday, November 14 through Sunday, November 20,…

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Melanie C // Version Of Me // Album Review

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VERSION OF ME IS OUT NOW You may be hearing plenty of talk about some bird called Joanne, but today sees the release of an album from a truly legendary artist. Melanie C’s seventh album Version Of Me is now unleashed upon the world. Five years are a lifetime in pop, and following up her brilliant 2011 album The Sea must have been a daunting prospect. Melanie started writing sessions for Version Of Me in 2013, taking her time to create something that truly captured where she is in her life. Her first truly electronic record, Version Of Me is…

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