Friday, October 20, 2017

RuPaul's Drag Race Covers VANITY FAIR

Check out the new cover of Vanity Fair - RuPaul's Drag Race "Queen of Queens"

Artwork by Gabriel Gutierrez

Gallup Daily Tracking Poll: Trump Plummets To Dismal 35% Approval Rating

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In case you were wondering why Donald Trump is so eager to distract, take a look at his dismal approval rating via Gallup's daily tracking poll.

Dropping back down to only 35% can't be putting a smile on the Trumpster's face...

Celebrate Las Vegas Pride 2017 This Weekend

While we acknowledge Pride Month in June, living here in Las Vegas we don't actually celebrate LGBT Pride until October due to the high summer temperatures.

And this weekend is the time for Las Vegans to get your Pride on!

First up in the festivities - head to downtown Las Vegas tonight for the glamorous, glittering spectacle that is the annual Las Vegas PRIDE Night Parade!

 The Parade Pre-Show begins at 6:30pm at the grandstand at the corner of 4th St. & Bridger Ave. The parade is expected to begin passing the grandstand at 7:30pm.

Then celebrate diversity at the Las Vegas PRIDE Festival where everyone is welcome. LGBT families, couples, and singles along with their friends and straight allies come together for an entire day of fabulous fun at Sunset Park (at the corner of Sunset Rd. and Eastern Avenue).

The festival is held Saturday from Noon to 10PM and Sunday from 11AM to 8PM.

Sunset Park has over 2,000 parking spaces and several parking lots, so parking is not a problem.

Entrance fees - adults (18+) are $15 Daily ($20 2-Day Pass), Youth (8-17) $5 Daily, and children under 7 enter for free.

Canadian country music star Patrick Masse will be among those headlining the live entertainment from the MainStage on October 21.

One of the very first openly gay country music artists, Masse has performed around the world including major Pride events all over North America.

Nominated for the Horizon Award for new artists at the British Columbia Country Music Association Awards, his songs have gone Top 10 all over Canada.

Also appearing are: Ru Paul’s Drag Race contestants Coco Montrese, Kimora Blac, Morgan McMichaels & Coco VanCartier, Sasha Colby, Ashley Iman; the Las Vegas Men's Chorus; Erika Gaga and more.

More info about the Pride Festival here.

News Round-Up: October 20, 2017

(via Instagram)

Some news items you might have missed:

• The real Steve Pena (above) is giving you fab Fall foliage and physique. Happy Friday!

• Celebrity chefs Jose Andres, Elizabeth Falkner, and Carla Hall are among bakers who have joined the Human Rights Campaign's friend-of-the-court brief for the right of LGBT people to be served by all businesses open to the public.

• A new study shows only 5% of LGBT employees in China feel comfortable coming out at work.

• Hate fliers advising members of the LGBTQ community to commit suicide were posted on the Cleveland State University campus - the same day the university opened its first LGBT center.

• Required reading - brilliant Tony Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda interviews brilliant Tony Award winner Stephen Sondheim on approaching creativity and collaboration. "Variety, variety, variety. Don’t let up for a second. Surprise us."

• Another great episode last night on the rebooted Will & Grace. I'm finding the "Will/Jack" scenes are landing a bit better than some of the "Grace/Karen" scenes, but maybe that's just me.

This was a cute moment with guest stars Jane Lynch and Andrew Rannells (below) who played "conversion therapy camp counselors" at Camp Straighten Arrow.

NYC: New Monthly Variety Show "Bazaaz! A Sequined Variety"

Rick Skye, who won the 2017 MAC Award for “Best Impersonation,” will star in and host Don’t Tell Mama’s new monthly variety show Bazaaz! A Sequined Variety.

Award-winning impersonations, guest performers, and Skye’s Kit Kat Boyz will all be featured in the new show, as well as Skye’s celebrated impersonation as Liza Minnelli singing in his own voice.

Bazaaz! A Sequined Variety will open on Friday, October 27 at 7:00PM.

Via press release:

Skye is well-known in London and New York for having written and performed in a series of outrageously comic, award-winning shows including The Flip Side of Neil Sedaka, which earned him a Bistro Award, A Slice O’Minnelli and The War of the Mama Roses. His show Its Madame with an E! played Atlantic City and Las Vegas and brought him to television where he appeared on Watch What Happens, Live! With Andy Cohen and Celebrity Apprentice as well as Fox & Friends and the WB. His most recent success was Judy and Liza Together Again which closed after an unprecedented seven-year run at Don’t Tell Mama’s and garnered two MAC Awards.

He has performed in many shows as Liza Minnelli in a number of hit shows that played internationally. He co-starred with Steven Brinberg in the London production of Barbra and Liza LIVE! which played the Dublin Gay Theater Festival and he toured with Liza LIVE! playing the New Players Theater in London and many spots in England. A Slice O' Minnelli enjoyed successful seasons at the Apollo Theatre in London's West End, The Dublin and Edinburgh Festivals, and from cities New York to Chicago. Critics called Skye "Masterful...Astonishing...Brilliant (Chicago Sun Times) and the show earned him the 2006 MAC Award for Best Impersonation, the "Best Achievement in Performance" Award at the Dublin Theatre Festival and the Terrier Award at the Edinburgh Fringe.

Don’t Tell Mama’s is located at 343 West 46th Street in New York City. There is a $25.00 Cover/2 Drink Minimum (Cash only). Reservations can be made at

Check out Skye's "Liza" below.

White House: It's "Highly Inappropriate" To Question Chief Of Staff Kelly Even Though He Was Wrong

Yesterday, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly asserted that Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL) boasted about raising money during an FBI dedication ceremony in 2015.

Wilson denied Kelly's claim saying she wasn't even in Congress when the funds to build the new FBI building in question were appropriated.

Well, of course, someone was going to find that footage of Wilson's speech. And nowhere does she take credit for raising the funds to build the new FBI building. She does take credit for having the building named after two FBI agents.

And, she spends a big part of her speech praising the FBI and our law enforcement officials.

I can't embed the video, but you can see it over on South Florida's Sun-Sentinel website here.

At the White House press briefing today, members of the press asked press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the video which showed Kelly was inaccurate with his portrayal of Wilson's speech.

Sanders told reporters that it is "highly inappropriate" to "go after" a four-star Marine general.

Since Ms. Sanders thinks it's "highly inappropriate" to question or "go after" a military general, I wonder what she thinks of her boss, Donald Trump, "going after" these generals.

Trump Supporter Lied About Being A Decorated Vietnam Navy SEAL On Fox News

Well, this must have taken some serious stones.

Twelve days ago, Fox News ran a story about a Trump supporter who claimed to be a decorated Vietnam War Navy SEAL. The man had created an enormous glass presidential seal with the hope that he could present it to Donald Trump.

Turns out the artist had inflated his military record. A lot.

The Washington Post is reporting today that the Trump supporter never served as a Navy SEAL or in Vietnam, much less earned commendations for his service.

In the segment, John Garafalo said he served in the Vietnam War with the U.S. Navy SEAL team. Fox News reported that he also received two Purple Hearts and about two dozen other medals for his service.

The man’s claimed record turned out to be a fabrication. It was first discovered by former Navy SEALs. Both these SEALs and family members of Garofalo contacted Fox News about the story, according to the Navy Times.

Don Shipley, a retired SEAL, told the Navy Times that he contacted Fox on Oct. 9, the day after the story ran.

But the story was still on the news outlet’s Facebook page on Oct. 19. By then it had amassed 1.5 million views.

Fox published a correction on Thursday.

“All of Garofalo’s claims turned out to be untrue,” Fox’s correction stated. “The fact is that he did not serve in Vietnam. He was never a U.S. Navy SEAL. Even though he showed us medals, Garofalo was not awarded two Purple Hearts or any of the other nearly two dozen commendations he claimed to have received, except for the National Defense Service Medal.”

Garofalo served in the Navy from Sept. 6, 1963, to Sept. 6, 1967, according to military records obtained by the Navy Times. He told the newspaper he’s been lying about being a Vietnam veteran and a Navy SEAL for years.

“It got bigger and bigger,” Garofalo told the newspaper in a telephone interview. “What I did I‘m ashamed of, and I didn’t mean to cause so much disgrace to the SEALs.”

Nyle DiMarco Covers Attitude Magazine

Nyle DiMarco, Photo: Yu Tsai

Nyle DiMarco, the winner of America's Next Top Model and Dancing With The Stars as well as former celebrity host for Chippendales, was named "Man of the Year" by Attitude Magazine.

And rightfully so.

Born deaf at birth, the sexually fluid supermodel has spent much of his time in the spotlight raising awareness of American Sign Language and the needs of the deaf community.

Click over to Attitude to read why he's so comfortable being naked in front of the camera.

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