Dallas Red Party taps Drag Racer Adore Delano, DJ Patrick Kuzara

AThe Dallas Red Foundation and Pride Pharmacy will host the 6th annual Red Party, a fundraiser for Legacy Counseling and Founders Cottage, on Friday, Sept. 19. And RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 winner Adore Delano will be the featured entertainment.

Adore will perform alongside New York DJ Patrick Kuzara at The Globe, a venue west of Downtown, on the kickoff to Pride Weekend. Tickets are $59 until Aug. 22, then $69 after. Tickets at the door will be $80 (if available). Some special VIP tickets will also be available. Watch the announcement video below.

2014 Red Party Reveal from Dallas Red Foundation on Vimeo.

 

 

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

And the winner of ‘Drag Race’ is ….

BiancaDelRio…. Bianca Del Rio!

Yes, it was easy as A, B, C on the RuPaul’s Drag Race 90-minute finale Monday, when insult comic and quick-wit queen B bested A (Adore Delano, perky and charismatic) and C (Courtney Act, Aussie songbird and costume hoarder) for the title of America’s Next Drag Superstar.

It was a popular choice, with even Courtney screaming in support for Bianca, who early on established herself with a smarmy turn of phrase and a way to deflect genuine ire. Indeed, all three were frontrunners almost from the start. Bianca gets the $100k prize money, the fame and the gifts.

But she wasn’t the only winner. Endlessly upbeat Ben de la Creme took the Miss Congeniality prize — also not a shocker.

The show opened with an elaborate production number, with all the queens dancing to Ru’s single “Sissy That Walk,” this season’s theme song. And Dallasite Alyssa Edwards appeared in the audience as the drag mother of contestant Laganja Estranja.

Congrats to all the girls!

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

‘Drag Race’ promises to drop ‘transphobic’ gags

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Following a dustup occasioned by a game that made its contestants guess the gender of a person based on close-up photos of their anatomy, RuPaul’s Drag Race has had a change of heart about some of the language it uses on the show, the Huffington Post is reporting.

The series, which airs on Logo Mondays, pits a dozen or more drag queens — that is, men impersonating women — against each other for cash and the title of “America’s next drag superstar.” Occasionally, however, a contestant on the show has been a genuine transgender woman, not just a drag queen; those “coming out” moments are some of the most sincere and heartfelt on reality TV. So it seemed a disconnect for some that the show would routinely use the term “she-mail” as Ru’s version of  ”e-mail” to the contestants, since “she-male” is considered a derogatory term for a trans woman. (The “she-mail” controversy began when it was first used in Season 1, though the hubbub quickly died down.)

In a statement from Logo to HuffPo, the network said, “We are removing the ‘you’ve got she-mail’ intro from new episodes of the series. We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realize that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologize.” Several former contestants (some trans, some not) lobbied for the change and endorsed the decision.

The question it raised for me is, why now? And why that term?

The “now” is fairly easy to answer: Society has developed its sensitivity to LGBT issues over the years, and it continues to grow, and the “female of she-male” game from several episodes ago was clearly a tipping point.

The “why” is harder to answer.

Is it derisive to call a trans person “she-male” offensive, even transphobic? Most definitely. But is calling a gay man a “girl” also bad? It certainly is when said with malice — but one of Ru’s other catch-phrases is “Silence! …. Bring back my girls,” in reference to the (male) contestants. Is calling someone “queer” wrong? When shouted angrily from a car at a gay man walking down the street, yes. But Queer Eye and Queer as Folk showed us how to co-op hate speech and turn it into empowerment.

“She-male” is clearly wrong, but “she-mail” — a pun on “e-mail” — is, and should be considered, a joke … perhaps one in bad taste, but then, bad taste is the stock in trade of Drag Race. In the same way that the transploitation film Ticked Off Trannies with Knives was so named in order to take ownership of a term that can be used derisively, couldn’t we all agree that “she-mail” was meant in good fun and leave it at that? There’s no show on TV that has greater respect for the gay community — including the trans community — than Drag Race. The show also objectifies men (the bikini-brief-clad Pit Crew), uses words like “hunty” and “fishy” in suggestive ways, regularly plays the quiz-show parody “Snatch Game” (and we know what “snatch” means in this context) and makes countless other transgressions. In the way that gay activisms popularized the mantra “We’re here, we’re queer, get used to it!” could we take an expansive look at our culture and distinguish between maliciousness and good-natured hazing?

Maybe not. The trans community suffers a lot of indignities, and coming out as trans isn’t easy. We should try to be sensitive to issues of tolerance and not spread hate. But Chaz Bono — child of Cher and perhaps the most famous trans person in the world — was a guest on the show last night, and he presumably didn’t object to the term. Maybe we could all take a lesson from Chaz … or maybe Chaz needs to take a lesson from the activist trans community.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: Willam Belli’s makeup lesson

18Drag Racer and Ticked Off Trannies actor Willam Belli — last seen in Del Shores’ Southern Baptist Sissies and soon to be featured in the North Texas-shot Kicking Zombie Ass for Jesus — made this video last year in which he gives a tutorial in applying makeup. But not any ol’ style of makeup — drag queen makeup. Grrls work it!

Anyway, it’s a cool behind-the-scenes look at the drag process with a lot of shade thrown in among the eye shadow. Watch it after the jump.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: RuPaul on DOMA, with ‘Love!’

America’s most famous drag queen, known for throwing her share of shade, gets serious for a minute, gathering the cast and crew of the upcoming Season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race to make a statement about the repeal of DOMA. Everybody say “Love!”

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

The winner of ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ is…

SPOILER ALERT!

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Jinkx Monsoon!

Many observers seemed to think this was a two-way race between Jinkx (pictured left), who specialized in a retro-camp by impersonating such characters as Big Edie Beale from Grey Gardens, and Alaska (center), the partner of Season 4 winner Sharon Needles, who was never in the bottom two and had a quick wit.

This season was also seen as a battle of the pageant girls versus the comedy queens, with Roxxxy Andrews (right) being especially vocal about how camp and humor were not “true” drag and respectful of her art. Roxxxy repeatedly came across as bitter and mean, rather than merely aggressive and sassy. She apologized for that during the reunion/reveal last night.

Jinks follow in the steps of All Stars winner Chad Michaels (who performed at Dallas’ Purple Party last month) and Sharon Needles (who performed in Dallas last year during National Pride), as well as Raja, Tyra Sanchez and Bebe Zahara Benet.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

UPDATE: Erica Andrews memorial set

Screen shot 2013-03-12 at 3.16.52 PMThe memorial service for former Dallas resident and famed drag diva Erica Andrews has been set.

The service will take place Thursday at ilume on Cedar Springs Road. Although scheduled to take place inside the facility’s Great Room, the candlelight ceremony may expand to the pool area, depending upon attendance. It will begin promptly at 7 p.m.

Andrews died suddenly on Monday night, following a lung infection. Born in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, she long called Texas her home, and frequently performed at the Rose Room. She also appeared in the film Ticked Off Trannies with Knives, pictured right.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Dallas drag diva Erica Andrews dies

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Erica Andrews, a nationally known trans woman and drag diva who headlined the Dallas-filmed indie flick Ticked Off Trannies with Knives, died last night in Chicago from a lung infection, according to reports.

Andrews, who was in her 40s, was the “drag mother” of RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Roxxxy Andrews. She appeared with former Drag Racer and Ticked Off co-star Willam Belli at his show at the Rose Room in December. “A Goddess just met God,” Belli tweeted last night when word broke of her passing last night — ironically, as the latest episode of Drag Race aired on Logo. “I love you Erica Andrews,” Belli added.

“I’m sad. It came as such a shock,” said Ronald Radwanski, a local painter and director of the ilume Gallerie on Cedar Springs. “I didn’t even know she was sick. The last time we talked was when my nephew moved to Chicago. She was loving living in Chicago with her boyfriend, Juan.”

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

WATCH: ‘This Boy is a Bottom’

From the queens who brought you the Chick-fil-A video to the tune of Wilson Phillips’ “Hold On” — including Ticked Off Trannies with Knives star (and Drag Race contestant) Willam Belli — comes the latest video, inappropriate for most workplaces. At least, if you play it with the volume up. But go ahead, put on your headphones and enjoy.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones