Drag, i.e, men dressing in womenâ€™s clothing for entertainment purposes, is an age-old concept. Itâ€™s thought by some that the word itself dates back to Elizabethan-era England. At that time women were barred from the stage â€” acting was considered an unseemly pursuit for the fairer sex â€” so men portrayed all the parts.
The drag queen community seems to have reached a new high with its mainstream media breakthrough, thanks largely to drag long-time celebrity figures such as RuPaul and the attention her Logo shows have brought to the art form. Their drag king counterparts are still in the early stages of breaking into the forefront of the community.
If youâ€™re a NASCAR fan, this may not be the drag race you were looking for, but, oh what fun it was! Teams of four gathered at Hartiganâ€™s Irish Pub to take part in the 3rd Annual Queen City Drag Race on May 12. The event is an annual fundraiser that benefits the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, as well as other charities selected by the contestants.
If someone calls Kevin Grooms by that name, the person is probably either checking his ID at the airport or trying to sell him life insurance over the phone, because everybody else knows his real name is Della.
On May 9, following North Carolinaâ€™s passage of Amendment One, hundreds gathered at the Omni Hotel in Charlotte to celebrate the Charlotte Lesbian and Gay Fundâ€™s 5th Annual Happening! This event celebrates the continued support of the LGBT community through the efforts of the fund, as well as to announce the recipientsâ€™ of the 2012 Lesbian and Gay Fundâ€™s grant awards.
Following the passage of Amendment One in North Carolina, an outpouring of petitions have sprung up online in response to the decision. The majority of these petitions have one focus, to move the DNC out of Charlotte as a retaliation measure against the passage of the anti-LGBT amendment.
I love to smoke. The whole ritual of smoking a cigarette has always been incredible to me. From packing a fresh pack of cigarettes and peeling away the cellophane to sparking the lighter and taking that first glorious inhale; for years there really has been nothing better to me. Smoking has been a part of my daily routine for over a decade and one I literally thought I would take to the grave.
News item: When two Canadian lesbians broke up in 2006 they divided all their assets, but forgot about the 13 tubes of sperm they had stored in a sperm bank. Later one of the women re-partnered and asked to use the leftover sperm, but her ex wanted it destroyed.
Miss Universe: A laudable honorific. Mistress of not just our lowly solar system, but intergalactically so, outranking even Miss Whirlpool Galaxy and Miss Omega Centurai. Reigning over the totality of matter and energy, Miss Universe reaches across the darkness to gather stars for her astronomical tiara.
We asked qnotes readers to give us their personal thoughts on the drag community and its impact on the LGBT community and the gay pride movement.
The U.S. Department of Justice has issued the guideline National Standards to Prevent, Detect and Respond to Prison Rape. Building on recommendations provided by the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE) and many allied advocates, the policy includes critical provisions for the operation of prisons and the treatment of transgender and gender nonconforming inmates, all aimed at ending sexual abuse.
It was a dark day on May 8 for the LGBT community when over 60 percent of those who voted across the state said yes to Amendment One, a piece of anti-gay legislation that now recognizes only marriage as between one man and one woman.
June is busting out all over as lucky Jupiter advances into Gemini and all is right with the world. And, luck bursts out from the most unexpected places. Keep your options (and your eyes) open for opportunity.