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Anne-Marie Duff utterly irresistible in revival of Sweet Charity – review

Fresh from her film directorial debut with Mary Queen of Scots, Josie Rourke directs this London revival of the classic 1960s musical set in New York. Sweet Charity is a surprisingly epic production for a space as intimate as the Donmar Warehouse. It subscribes to the more is more, everything-including-the-kitchen-sink school of thinking, with big choreographed numbers and costume changes galore. It’s a stylish and aesthetically pleasing show – the set design draws its inspiration from Andy Warhol’s Factory – with a variety of spaces improvised on the spot, featuring...
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Drag Race just gagged fans with the most sickening lip sync in HERstory – watch here!

This was one for the HERstory books. Remember how gagged you were when Alyssa Edwards and Tatianna stomped down the runway in their matching bodysuits to perform Shut Up and Drive? Or when Sasha Velour unveiled her rose petals during her battle against Shea Coulee? Well honey, this week’s lip sync was up there with some of the greatest performances in Drag Race HERstory. PERIODT. This week, the contestants competed in a nautical-themed version of the show’s legendary, staple challenge, Snatch Game. Veep co-stars Tony Hale and Clea DuVall guest...
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Riyadh Khalaf is here to inspire a generation of LGBTQ people to love themselves

Contemplating coming out as a teenager, Riyadh Khalaf would have been an avid reader of Yay! You’re Gay! Now What? had such a book existed. So the now-27-year-old broadcaster and YouTuber has written what he calls “a life bible for young queer guys” himself, noting: “I absolutely, desperately needed this book and everything that’s within its pages when I was younger but I was born a bit too early because I think publishers, retail sellers and the general public were afraid to support something like this in such an open...
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Gay Men’s Dance Company brings entertaining variety show to Troxy – review

A cast of over 150 members from the dance troupe brought a mix of dance styles, alongside choral work and musical theatre, to the Troxy in their third annual charity gala show. Over the weekend we were invited to see Out of the Darkness & Into the Spotlight, this year’s charity gala show presented by the Gay Men’s Dance Company. For those unfamiliar, the GMDC was founded in 2015 in London and has now expanded to Brighton. They offer classes in dance, drama, choir, pole dancing, yoga and martial arts,...
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The 16 best Snatch Game performances in Drag Race HERstory

Who comes out on top? Is it Little Edie? Maggie Smith? Or… Celia Cruz?  Each year, one of the most anticipated moments of RuPaul’s Drag Race – aside from the crowing of a new drag superstar, of course – is watching our queens show off their best celebrity impersonations. Over the years, we’ve had appearances from icons such as Maggie Smith, Lady Gaga, Pink, Adele, Judge Judy, Carol Channing, Little Richard, Anna Nicole Smith and Britney Spears (some twice). In celebration of Snatch Game at Sea tonight, we’ve compiled a list of our...
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Children’s drag story time event cancelled after violent homophobia on social media

Glitter Hole, the group that organised an event where performers read stories to children in drag, were set to perform at the end of June at a library in Dublin. However the event was cancelled after they received “extremely violent homophobia” on Twitter over the weekend.  Dun Laoghaire Rathdown (DLR) Libraries originally stated (April 14) that the event had been cancelled due to the fact that it was not age appropriate, which Glitter Hole criticised them for on Twitter. Glitter Hole stated on Twitter that “it seems like the most...
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Tessa Thompson “loves” the idea of a Captain Marvel and Valkyrie romance

“I just think it’s so cool and it’s time and why not?” Tessa Thompson has weighed in on the potential romance between Valkyrie and Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel. After Brie Larson’s female-led superhero film hit cinemas last month, fans were quick to ‘ship’ the two characters as a future couple. In the blockbuster, fans noticed queer undertones between the title character and Maria Rambeau (Lashana Lynch). And in an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Thompson revealed that she filmed a scene for Thor: Ragnarok where a woman walks out...
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Stars of Netflix’s Special open up about the importance of representation

Two stars of Special have opened up about representation in media. The hilarious new series hit our Netflix accounts on 12 April, staring Ryan O’Connell, who plays a fictional version of himself called Ryan Hayes. Ryan is a gay man with cerebral palsy who decides he wants to rewrite his identity. In a new video from Netflix, premiering with Gay Times, Ryan and his co-star Punam Patel get real about the importance of LGBTQ, disability and minority representation in mainstream media. “I get very overwhelmed by the magnitude of being...
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Lizzo enlists several Drag Race icons for second Juice video

Lizzo has released another music video for her critically-acclaimed funk-pop jam, Juice. The clip sees the American performer with several RuPaul’s Drag Race legends, including Mariah Balenciaga, Morgan McMichaels, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, A’keria C. Davenport, Detox, Asia O’Hara, Soju, Sonique and Mayhem Miller. The queens can be seen bopping to the body positive anthem with grapefruit, bananas, blueberries, strawberries, and oranges. Their collaboration comes as no surprise, seeing as how Lizzo has voiced her love for Drag Race many, many times. Oh, and she appeared as a guest judge on...
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