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Print Edition 2016-07-15 – QNotes

Pageant winner set to pass torch

Kind of a Drag: Miss Gay North Carolina Vivian Vaughn has spent a lifetime perfecting art

Homeless at age 16 after his parents kicked him out for being gay, Justin Natvig was looking for answers as to what to do with his life. He found his purpose while watching a show at a gay bar.

Make way for the kings

Kind of a Drag: Spotlighting Carolinas’ drag kings

Drag queens get plenty of shine, but what about the kings? There is no drag king equivalent to “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and they are often overlooked, even though they often perform alongside queens. Get to know a few of the Carolinas’ best drag kings

In Memoriam: Boom Boom LaTour, drag legend

Unforgettable performer remembered

The best part about legends is that they never truly die. As the Charlotte LGBT community said goodbye to one of its pioneering performers, the message was clear from memes on social media to The Charlotte Observer’s own obituary: “Boom Boom LaTour may have died, but what she is to us never will.”

Taking it on the road

Kind of a Drag: Carolinas’ drag bars, shows dot the map

For decades, drag has been a staple of the LGBT community. Dating back to the era of activism of drag queens at The Stonewall Inn in New York, N.Y., to today’s visibility through Pride festivals and television shows like “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” it’s never been as open and accepted as it is today.

Silver screen showcases drag

Kind of a Drag: Five must-see drag movies

Hollywood movies from early on found that audiences liked seeing people crossdressing. That includes scenes with men impersonating women, whether it was Bing Crosby and Danny Kay doing the musical number “Sisters” in “White Christmas” in the 1940s, or Tim Curry’s brilliant performance in “Rocky Horror Picture Show” who plays a “sweet transvestite from Transsexual, Transylvania.”

Pageant system resources

Kind of a Drag: Something for everyone’s aspirations

Drag pageants are a cornucopia of individuals who showcase their talent, grace, charm and more across America. Here is a comprehensive list of systems.

Pride month event held at nation’s capitol

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Sen. Tammy Baldwin on hand

For the past two years, I have been invited to attend the U.S. Department of Labor’s LGBT Pride Month event. Not living in Washington D.C., I am not normally able to attend, but this year I was in D.C. for two days of business at the same time.

Stacking, Part 4 of 4: Skin Care

Health & Wellness

In parts one, two, and three of this series I described the importance of knowing what’s in the food and products that you put in your mouth or on your skin, as well as options for creating your own recipe for muscle building and energy, as well as another for fat burning.