#ResistMarch: Showing some Pride in Los Angeles

Photographer James Franklin, formerly of Dallas, shared some of his photos of the #ResistMarch, held Sunday, June 11, in Los Angeles, with Dallas Voice.

According to organizers, more than 100,000 people turned out for the LA event, which was held in conjunction with the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, D.C., and marches across the country, including in Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, Texarkana and Abilene — all held on Sunday.

More than “100,000 of you showed up in the spirit of unity and action that’s going to be needed to get our country back on the right track,” LA march organizers said in an email on Monday, June 12. “Just the sight of you en masse has inspired those marginalized by today’s political climate and scare the crap out of those attempting to take our rights away. … WE ARE A FORCE!”

Check here for photos of the Dallas march by Chuck Marcelo with Marcelo Media

And watch this Friday’s print issue of Dallas Voice for John Selig’s photos from the Dallas Equality March.

—  Tammye Nash

This week in queerstory

Ru and Gaga are both in the news this week.

Time magazine’s May 1 edition comes out tomorrow (I know — what’s that about?), and in it they name the 100 most influential people in the world. Among them: RuPaul. That’s not a bad thing for the Emmy Award-winning drag queen, supermodel, recording artist, TV host and shady lady. Other queer icons on the list include actress Sarah Paulson, Washington State attorney general Bob Ferguson and Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Congrats, all!

Shannon Purser, who played the awkward teen Barb on last summer’s hit show Stranger Things, has come out as bisexual. She expressed anxiety about it, saying she had just come out to close friends and family, so someone needs to send that girl a toaster!

Will & Grace star and gay ally Debra Messing will be the featured honoree at the GLAAD Media Awards in New York. The ceremony will take place May 6 at the Hilton Midtown. Don Lemon, Ross Mathews and Whoopi Goldberg are among the others in attendance at the 28th annual event.

Lady Gaga announced the world tour in support of her awesome album Joanne right after the Super Bowl, and it all but sold out immediately. Now, the tour has released more tickets for the North American arena events, including her performance in Dallas in December. Act fast!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

E! gets into gay realiTV with ‘What Happens at The Abbey’

Two weeks ago, I wrote about how Logo was about to debut a new series called Fire Island, following a clutch of hedonist gayboys as they navigate the shallow waters of East Coast life on a gay resort island. Last week, I wrote how VH-1 is now the official home of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Now comes word that the E! channel is getting into queer realiTV with a new series, What Happens at The Abbey. Stealing a paraphrase of the Las Vegas slogan, the show follows behind-the-scenes activities at the famed West Hollywood gay bar. The series will debut on “Sunday Funday,” i.e., May 14 at 9 p.m. Central. Here’s a teaser for the series:

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Trailer for ‘Hurricane Bianca,’ shot partly in Dallas

Screen shot 2016-08-25 at 10.15.48 AMDrag Racer Bianca Del Rio filmed her leading feature debut, Hurricane Bianca, last summer in Texas, with local boy Ash Christian (Fat Girls, Mangus!. Petunia) serving as the film’s producer. In it, Del Rio plays a straight-laced high school teacher fired for being gay who comes back stronger than ever in the guise of Bianca. Here’s a trailer for the film, which gets its world premiere next month in San Francisco.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Emmy nominations: What’s gay about ’em

TRuPaulhe Emmy Award nominations were revealed this morning, and once again there are several nomination of particular interest to the gay community.

Once again Transparent — the Amazon Studios series about a male-to-female trans woman who transitions late in life (and starring last year’s Emmy winner Jeffrey Tambor) — is nominated for outstanding comedy series, along with Tambor (lead actor), Judith Light and Gaby Hoffman (supporting actress), Bradley Whitford (guest actor) and Melora Hardin (guest actress). Creator Jill Solloway, who won for writing last year, is nominated again this year as best director of a comedy series. Transparent will compete against some other gay faves: The Netflix series Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, HBO’s Veep and ABC’s Modern Family.

Leading actress in a comedy series is a powerhouse category this year. Last year’s winner Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Veep) is up against  out actress Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie), Amy Schumer (Inside Amy Schumer), Laurie Metcalf (Getting On), Tracee Ellis Ross (Blackish) and Ellie Kemper (Kimmy Schmidt). Tituss Burgess from Kimmy Schmidt is nominated as supporting actor in a comedy as Kimmy’s flamboyant roommate.

Burgess will be up against Louie Anderson, who gives an amazing cross-dressing performance as Zach Galifianakis’ mom in FX’s Baskets. Andre Braugher, who plays a stiff but gay police captain on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, is also nominated, as are Keegan-Michael Key in the now-canceled variety series Key & Peele; previous winners Ty Burrell from Modern Family and Tony Hale from Veep; and Matt Walsh from Veep. In addition to the Transparent women, supporting actress in a comedy includes out actress Kate McKinnon for her many roles (especially Hillary Clinton) on Saturday Night Live.

Downtown Abbey and Game of Thrones are the big contenders in drama series (both are former winners). Tatiana Maslany, who plays a number of clones (including one transgender) on Orphan Black, is up for leading actress against Taraji P. Henson in the very gay Empire and Viola Davis in the equally gay How to Get Away with Murder.

Limited series is full of interesting contenders as well, with the Ryan Murphy-produced The People vs. O.J. Simpson going against the second iteration of American Crime, which this season was about a gay teen. Courtney B. Vance and Cuba Gooding Jr. are both up for leading actor for People Vs., playing Johnnie Cochrane and Simpson. Out actress Sarah Paulson is nominated as leading actress in the same for playing prosecutor Marcia Clark. Sterling K. Brown, David Schwimmer and John Travolta are up for supporting actor. Paulson is also up for supporting actress for the latest American Horror Story: Hotel.

RuPaul’s Drag Race finally made it into the final list, with RuPaul up for best reality show host. She’s up against Jane Lynch for Hollywood Game Night, and others. Gaycation with Ellen Page is up for best non-fiction series.

You can see the full list here. The winners will be announced in September.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas drag stars gather to show we are #OrlandoStrong

Cassie_SparkleThe events in Dallas over the past few days have led many to use the hashtag #DallasStrong. But most of us still haven’t forgot about the massacre last month at Pulse Nightclub — the largest mass murder shooting in modern U.S. history. And despite our own tragedy, Dallas’ LGBT community is still focused on helping out those 100 victims. So on Sunday, a special event called Drag Star Divas for Orlando will gather more than a dozen of the top drag entertainers in North Texas — among them RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Alyssa Edwards and Kennedy Davenport, pageant champion Asia O’Hara, Dallas Voice columnist Cassie Nova and many more: Krystal Summers, Lalya LaRue, Edna Jean Robinson, Jenna Skyy, Valerie Lohr, Kelexis Davenport, Raquel Blake, Kandy Cayne, Plastique Tiara and Athena O’Hara.

The extravaganza will be at the Rose Room from 6–9:30 p.m. and all proceeds will benefit the LGBT Center of Central Florida. A $5 entrance donation is requested, but give as much as you can to let Orlando know we’re there for them. You can RSVP here.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Anti-smoking PSA with Drag Racers

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RuPaul’s Drag Race contestants Shangela, Manilla Luzon, Trixie Mattel and Tammie Brown have teamed up for a public service announcement explaining the dangers of smoking. And, because it’s targeted to the gay community, it appeals more to vanity than health. Hey, whatever gets you off tobacco. Enjoy.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Drag Race’ stars featured in Jane Badler music video

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Pandora Boxx, far right, and Morgan McMichaels, far left, appear in a new video by Jane Badler, center, for “Black Silk Stockings.’

Pandora Boxx and Morgan McMichael, two drag queens who gained international recognition with their Season 2 stints on RuPaul’s Drag Race, both appear in the music video for Jane Badler‘s song, “Black Silk Stockings (Tracy Young Remix),” Badler’s cover of the song by Italian punk band Krisma. Badler’s son, actor/producer Harry Hains, also makes an appearance as the DJ.

In a recent blog on her webpage, Badler explained that she started singing the song in her concerts at the suggestionof band member Matt Thomas. “It became a hit at all my shows so I decided to do a cover version with the wonderful LA producer Jeff Bova, which now resides on iTunes. Brad LeBeau from ProMotion suggested I do a dance remix with the famous producer and DJ Tracy Young. I was so excited about the mix I decided to collaborate with Jesse Davey — my go-to man for all my music videos. We came up with the crazy concept of a woman doing extreme plastic surgery to maintain her position as queen of the dancing robots.”

Watch the video below.

—  Tammye Nash