Lady Gaga was guest judge.
RuPaul’s Drag Race may be getting older but it’s more popular than ever.
The season nine premiere of the show last Friday (24 March) was the highest-rated episode in franchise history.
Nearly 1 million viewers tuned in – double last season’s premiere episode.
Among the contributing factors: Lady Gaga as a guest judge, the show moving from Logo to VH1, and a massive social media presence.
VH1 reports that the telecast scored the series its highest Twitter volume ever.
Contributing to the buzz leading in to the new season was promotional material featuring Gaga disguised as Ronnie, a contestant from New Jersey.
She said in a mock confessional video: ‘What I’m really excited about is [seeing] how long it takes for these queens to figure out that it’s really me,’ before she pulled off her cap and threw on a pair of sunglasses.
The second episode of the new season airs Friday (31 March) with guest stars Lisa Kudrow and the B-52s.
Last fall, host RuPaul won his first Emmy as outstanding reality show host.
By Associate Press
City and county officials in Orlando, Fla., want the one-year anniversary next June of the Pulse nightclub massacre to be marked with acts of love and kindness.
Elected officials on Monday said that June 12 officially would be dedicated as “Orlando United Day — A Day of Love and Kindness.”
Officials also announced a series of events planned throughout the day on June 12.
An exhibit of artwork collected from memorial sites set up around Orlando after the massacre will be shown at the Orange County History Center, followed by a memorial service at the site of the former gay nightclub.
Another memorial ceremony will be held in the evening around downtown Orlando’s Lake Eola.
Forty-nine people died in the worst mass shooting in recent U.S. history; dozens more were injured.
In other news related to the massacre on Monday, a lawsuit brought by victims against the gunman’s employer and wife is being withdrawn from federal court and filed in state court in South Florida.
Attorneys for 61 Pulse victims and family members of those killed filed the lawsuit in state court in Palm Beach County, Fla., on Monday.
The change in venues was made just days after a federal judge said in an order that he doubted federal court was the proper jurisdiction for the case.
The lawsuit claims Omar Mateen’s employer, security firm G4S, and Noor Salman, Mateen’s widow, could have stopped the gunman before the attack last June but didn’t.
Forbes has published their list of the richest people in the world in 2017.
LGBT billionaires feature throughout the list, among some of the richest people on the planet.
There are gay billionaires worth more than $7 billon, and there’s also a trans woman in the richest list.
The richest gay man on the planet is, according to the 2017 list, David Geffen.
Geffen is co-founder of DreamWorks Animation SKG Inc. and an investor in Apple.
The animation and entertainment billionaire is said to be worth an eye-watering $7.4bn this year, his highest wealth to date.
The iconic fashion designer, Giorgio Armarni grew up in a poor, Italian household, before dropping out of university and working as a window dresser.
His big break came on the film American Gigalo, which he did the clothing for.
At 82, he’s now valued at at an incredible $7bn.
Peter Thiel, the tech investor, is thought to be worth $2.7bn this year, ranking as the 745th richest person on the planet.
This is down from his peak of $3.3bn in 2013, however.
He’s become better known in recent times for being a staunch advocate of President Donald Trump, and donated more than a million dollars to his campaign.
The richest trans person in the world comes in at a pretty decent $1.7bn.
Jennifer Pritzker amassed her money from private wealth management, and is part of the wider Pritzker family, which includes 11 billionaires.
She transitioned in 2013, after previously having a career as an Army lieutenant.
he wealthiest openly bisexual person is a Norwegian man named Stein Erik Hagen.
The Married 60-year-old has four children, one of which chairs his company, and made his money from setting up a major supermarket chain.
Meanwhile TV’s biggest LGBT stars are raking in as much as $1m per episode on their shows.
TV’s Jim Parsons, star of the Big Bang Theory, gets paid an incredible $1m for every episode of the show he makes.
Jesse Tyler Ferguson walks away with a pretty tidy $250,000 per episode of Modern Family.
Everyone’s favorite daytime talk show host, Ellen DeGeneres, gets an incredible $20m a year for interviewing the likes of President Obama.
While Miley Cyrus, never shy of publicity to justify her pay pack, takes almost $15m for her judging on The Voice.
Netflix is a glorious treasure trove of constant entertainment and endless distraction.
We all know that.
But where do you go for your LGBTQ+ fill? Where in this never-ending list of joy (with some mediocrity, let’s be honest) can you find people who represent you?
The answer, fortunately, has arrived.
Here are the shows which shine as brightly as an LGBTQ+ rainbow, but which are basically impossible to find all together on Netflix – and (major) spoiler-free, too. Enjoy.
1 Orphan Black
The brilliant, Emmy Award-winning Tatiana Maslany plays most characters on this brilliant show, whose discussions of identity, sexuality and individuality play out against a constant backdrop of action and danger.
One of Maslany’s personas, the laid-back lesbian, super-smart stoner scientist Cosima Niehaus, is a fully fleshed-out character who you’ll quickly fall for.
Plus, season two features a trans clone (yes, “clone.” Don’t worry, it doesn’t go too far down the science-fiction rabbit hole) called Tony.
The show then proceeds to explore how gender and identity interact for Tony, because it is awesome.
2 Brooklyn Nine-Nine
Andre Braugher had never played a comic character before he took on the role of Captain Ray Holt, but you would have no idea in this genuinely laugh-a-minute show.
His deadpan delivery is almost as excellent as his portrayal of a gay police captain, which normalizes the concept while still repeatedly highlighting the difficulties he has faced.
The happily married captain keeps a rainbow flag on his desk throughout the series, just to emphasize this point.
3 Orange is the New Black
I mean, duh. Throughout the show’s four seasons, it has been practically unparalleled in featuring same-sex relationships and sex scenes.
If you haven’t already seen it, following Piper Chapman as learns about herself and her place in the prison community is great, but the real story is the other women at Lichfield.
Laverne Cox is majestic as Sophia, dealing with all the problems associated with a trans woman who’s in prison, with a son who doesn’t know how to deal with having two mothers.
So sit back and enjoy getting attached to Sophia, as well as Suzanne, Alex, Morello, Big Boo, Poussey, Soso, Nichols, Ruby Rose’s character and all the other women who love women.
4 Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
Some of Rebecca’s songs to Valencia are overtly sexual, as well as creepy (Girl Crush, a dark parody of I Kissed A Girl, comes to mind), but that’s not why this cult favorite is on this list.
Instead, it’s the ridiculously sweet relationship between Darryl and White Josh which makes this surprisingly deep musical rom-com a must-watch for fans of LGBTQ+ storylines.
The character development of Darryl in particular, as he slowly realizes that a) bisexuality exists and b) it specifically exists in him, is extremely well-executed.
Plus, even though he’s straight in the show, out actor Vincent Rodriguez III is…worth a watch.
This dark, Murder Mystery-centered retelling of the classic Archie comics features three men who like men – and counting.
Kevin Keller, son of the town sheriff, became the first gay character in the Archie universe when he was introduced the comics in 2010.
In this new show, he gets an arc in which he deals with having his love life severely curtailed by being the only out gay guy in Riverdale.
There are also two secretly LGBT characters who I won’t reveal her for fear of ruining the plot – but suffice to say, at least one of them is well worth the wait.
6 How To Get Away With Murder
Only one season of this impossibly plot-twist-heavy show is on Netflix, but it’s still worth it.
Connor and Oliver’s relationship is sweet, hot, fraught and everything else a normal relationship is – with a few added secrets, to put it lightly.
It’s even helped people in the real world to come out to their families.
Plus the sex scenes aren’t bad, if you’re into that kind of thing.
7 Schitt’s Creek
This show is about a rich, New York family who lose everything and suddenly find themselves in a small town a million miles from everything they know and love.
And none of the family of four are more like a fish out of water than the son, David, who after several episodes of acting camp and pretentious, gets involved with a girl.
I won’t ruin it, but David’s answer to her question about his sexuality is a beautiful, elegant metaphor for pansexuality.
Come for the laughs, stay for the shockingly effective character development.
8 Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Speaking of beautiful and elegant, Titus Andromedon is a constant shining beacon of joy on Netflix’s best ever original comedy.
As a rule, you should bathe in the light of all that Tina Fey bestows upon us, and Titus is no different.
He’s hilarious, he’s ridiculous, he’s the most over-the-top character in an extremely wacky show, and he has relationship issues which are worth sticking around for.
Some shows have one LGBTQ+ character. Some, like Riverdale, have three.
Archer has 13.
Sure, most of them – like gay couple Rudy and Charles, or bi villain Spirodon Skorpio – are fleeting characters.
But secret agent Ray, HR manager Pam and butler Woodhouse are all main characters, and all of them find themselves somewhere on the LGBTQ+ rainbow.
The program – about an incredibly dysfunctional private spy organization with a collectively sky-high libido – is hilarious, and super-representative.
Bonus: Buffy the Vampire Slayer
If you somehow don’t know by now, this show – which creator Joss Whedon threatened to quit if the network didn’t let him show a lesbian kiss – is an absolute must-watch.
Half-hour dramedy is fictionalized version of RuPaul’s rise from club kid to drag legend.
There may soon be a double dose of RuPaul on television.
The life of the Emmy-winning host of RuPaul’s Drag Race is the basis for a new half-hour comedy-drama series that is being developed.
The still-untitled show is a fictionalized version of RuPaul’s rise from club kid to drag queen, according to Deadline Hollywood.
The project was inspired by the period of RuPaul’s life when he settled in New York City and became a popular drag queen fixture on the nightclub scene in the 1980s.
The project is from J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions which has teamed with RuPaul and World of Wonder which produces RuPaul’s Drag Race.
RuPaul revealed on live television last week that he and longtime partner Georges LeBar got married in January. The couple wed on the 23rd anniversary of the day they met.
The ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race premieres this week.