By David Vandygriff
Milo Yiannopoulos hit a popular drag cabaret in New York last night with fellow extremist Pamela Geller.
The two came for dinner at Lips restaurant with two other friends and, according to witnesses, became visibly drunk. After the show, Geller jumped up on stage and said, “this is wrong, this is disgusting—we need a conversation.” On Facebook, Lips performer Gusty Winds reported that her hate-mongering speech “was drowned out by the customers.”
The two alt-right “celebrities” posted a picture from the evening on Instagram, with Geller writing, .@milo.yiannopoulos and me on a Saturday night celebrating being alive!
Staffers were appalled by their presence but maintained their professionalism. “I’m so very proud of all of them, for their absolute stellar behavior and restraint,” Winds wrote. “It’s easy to get angry and engage, there is a time and a place for it. The place was not Lips last night.”
She believes the duo came to make a scene, “and when they didn’t get it, they had to make one.”
“In this country you have the right to say what you want, however gross and disgusting that it is. What you don’t have the right to do is come in to a place where all are welcome and because you’re not getting your hateful ego stroked… you don’t have the right to rob other people of their right to a good time. ”
Milo’s newest ventures and past ventures are being paid for by billionaire hedge funder Robert Mercer. Robert Mercer is the money behind Breitbart News and Steve Bannon. Mercer was the largest contributor to Trump’s campaign after he backed Ted Cruz. Wondering why Bannon won’t go after Cruz’s re-election campaign? Now you know, follow the money people!
Following an Emmy® Award-winning ninth season of "RuPaul's Drag Race," Mama Ru is back with season three of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars," featuring some of the most sickening queens to ever take the "Drag Race" runway. RuPaul revealed the nine returning queens during an hour-long televised pre-season episode, which also included a special interview with the iconic, Chaka Khan. Michelle Visage, Carson Kressley and Ross Mathews will return to the judging panel alongside RuPaul for a season tucked to the edges with more tea, more shade, and more twist-filled challenges than ever before. The highly anticipated new season will kick off this winter on VH1.
"For 'All Stars' season three, the expectations are high, and these mighty queens do NOT disappoint," said executive producer and host RuPaul. "These girls are talented, hungry, and ready to do whatever it takes to earn their place in the Drag Race Hall of Fame."
The nine Queens who will sissy that walk for their chance at redemption and the title of "America's Next Drag Superstar" include:
· Aja (Season Nine)
Twitter: @ajaqueen, Instagram: @ajathekween
Your edges are officially snatched! Fresh off season nine, the banji bitch of Brooklyn is back to pick up where she left off. Princess Disastah may have erupted from a volcano sis, but Aja's refined and ready to show that she's a force to be reckoned with. The true gagarini will be when Aja hits the runway, leaving everyone gooped and gagged in her wake sis. In a sea of Linda Evangelista's, there's only one Aja.
· BenDeLaCreme (Season Six)
Twitter: @bendelacreme, Instagram: @bendelacreme
HI EVERYBODY! IT'S ME, BENDELACREME! Season six's Miss Congeniality is ready for another shot at the crown, but she's still Ms. Crème if you're nasty. This campy queen is ready to reach new levels of supremacy and dominate her competition. Dela's terminally delightful demeanor and sickening talent will be her greatest strengths, as she navigates the treacherous waters of "All Stars" season three.
· Chi Chi DeVayne (Season Eight)
Twitter: @ChiChiDeVayne, Instagram: @chichidevayneofficial
Laissez les bon temps rouler! The Creole queen from season eight is back and ready to let the good times roll. Chi Chi has hung up the 'cheap queen' moniker and is ready to embrace the finer things in life like expensive jewels, and maybe even the coveted crown. This southern bayou princess is ready to perform and burn up the stage once again. She doesn't get ready, she stays ready.
· Kennedy Davenport (Season Seven)
Twitter: @kennedyddoftx, Instagram: @kennedyddoftx
Well, hello! The dancing diva of Texas is back and ready to slay. The struggle may have been real in season seven, but Kennedy has crystalized and emerged from the embers stronger than ever. Her background in pageants has proven that her exquisite polish and attention to detail is undeniable, and she's ready to show it off again one jump split at a time. Newark. LaGuardia. Kennedy.
· Milk (Season Six)
New York, NY
Twitter: @bigandmilky, Instagram: @bigandmilky
She does a body good, girl! It's milkin' time and the dairy queen of season six is back and better than ever. Known for her groundbreaking runways, Milk did 'weird' before it was chic. She's bringing back the jaw-dropping looks, and is ready for some amazing fashion moments. This time around Milk won't only outshine her competitors, she'll whiz past them doing a triple axel jump... wearing a beard. And pregnant.
· Morgan McMichaels (Season Two)
Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @morganmcmichael, Instagram: @morganmcmichaels
Morgan McMichaellllllls, bitch! Since this Queen of Los Angeles drag stomped into the workroom back in season two, Morgan's been ready to once again return and compete for the crown. Morgan's fierce attitude and lip sync abilities are only some of the many tools she has to help propel herself into the Drag Race Hall of Fame - right next to her drag mother: "All Stars" season one winner, Chad Michaels. In this competition, the Scottish Scandal is out for blood.
· Shangela (Seasons Two & Three)
Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @itsSHANGELA, Instagram: itsshangela
Halleloo! The original comeback queen of season two and three is jumping out of boxes and werqing her way down the runway once again - because she is what!? Sickening! This time, the Nancy Drew of Drag, has her sights set on one thing and one thing only: the crown. If anyone knows how to attack with strategy, it's this pint-sized princess of Paris, Texas, and she is taking no prisoners.
· Thorgy Thor (Season Eight)
Twitter: @ThorgyThor, Instagram: @thorgythor
Woo! Thorgy with a T H and orgy and I feel incredible! Thorgy is back from season eight and ready to kick off some "All Stars" season three shenanigans. You better think again Ru-Ru kitty if you underestimate this Brooklyn babe, because there's no doubting she's in it to win it. Thorgy' bag of tricks is in tow, and she's ready to bring the drama and conflama. Witty catchphrase, you know what I mean?
· Trixie Mattel (Season Seven)
Los Angeles, CA
Twitter: @trixiemattel, Instagram: @trixiemattel
This isn't Maury Povich?! Oh honey, season seven was just the beginning for Trixie, who is no doubt still painting for the check-cashing place down the street. Just like Barbie, Trixie relocated from Wisconsin to southern California, her dreams still unfolding as she competes again for the crown. No doubt her biting sense of humor will serve this comedy queen well as she dukes it out with the best of the best. Honey!
For more information on "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" and up-to-date news, go to http://www.vh1.com/shows/rupauls-drag-race-all-stars or to the "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Facebook page.
By Jennifer Davis
A new “Women of NASA” Lego set will be available starting November 1, and astronaut Sally Ride will be included in the set, making her the first lesbian immortalized as one of the iconic brand’s Minifigures.
The Women of NASA set was dreamed up by science writer Maia Weinstock, and garnered more than 10,000 votes on the Lego Ideas site, earning it automatic consideration by the company. Along with Ride, it includes tiny representations of NASA astronomer Nancy Grace Roman, computer scientist Margaret Hamilton, and astronaut Mae Jemison, the first black woman in space. (An earlier version of the set also included Katherine Johnson, the black NASA mathematician featured in the 2016 film Hidden Figures, but Lego was unable able to obtain the necessary approvals to turn her into a figurine.)
Also included in the set is a 4-inch-tall model of the Challenger space shuttle Ride rode when she became the first woman in space. Hamilton, who led the team that developed software for the Apollo moon mission, can be placed in a diorama with a stack of books containing the Apollo Guidance Computer code. (Roman, NASA’s first chief of astronomy, comes with a small model of the Hubble Space Telescope and a picture of a planetary nebula.)
Ride, who died from pancreatic cancer in 2012, remained closeted throughout her life but gave her partner, Tam O’Shaughnessy, permission to disclose their relationship after her death.
O’Shaughnessy accepted a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom on Ride’s behalf in 2013.
She joins a growing list of LGBT figures immortalized in Lego form, including Freddie Mercury, Iggy Pop, and Andy Warhol.
By Jennifer Davis
A Russian singer who has been missing since August is now feared to have been detained by authorities and sent to an anti-gay concentration camp in Chechnya.
Zelimkhan Bakayev was last seen on August 8 in the Chechen capital Grozny, and his family has been unable to get answers from authorities about happened to him.
At a press conference on Monday, which featured a victim of the anti-gay purge in Chechnya giving details about his horrifying experience, Russian LGBT Network founder Igor Kochetkov brought up the mystery of Bakayev’s disappearance.
“At the end of August, we received confirmation of our earlier presumption that Bakayev was detained by Chechen authorities due to suspicion of homosexuality,” Kochetkov said.
The announcement marked the first time that the 26-year-old’s disappearance was publicly linked to the abuse of gay men in Chechnya.
Kochetkov alleged that Bakayev was captured as part of a new wave of detentions in Chechnya that are currently targeting gay men in the entertainment industry.
A YouTube video of a man that resembled Bakayev was picked up by the government-controlled media in Chechnya last month, according to RFERL. The man claimed to be the singer and said he was in Germany, but the background of the video contained Russian furniture and a Russian energy drink that is not sold in Germany.
Chechnyan officials have denied knowing anything about Bakayev, and have instead suggested that he simply left the country.
The Republican National Committee in the United States has recently endorsed Roy Moore from Alabama for the U.S. Senate, who believes homosexuality should be illegal.
Trump has also been reported to joke about VP Pence as the person who wants to hang all gays.
By Jessica Davis
Victoria Cruz, a dogged crime-victim advocate in New York City, has taken on one last case before retirement. She wants to solve the mysterious 1992 death of Marsha P. Johnson — a trans woman like Cruz herself — who’s body was pulled from the Hudson river after disappearing the evening before.
The cause of death had been ruled a suicide, but that doesn’t wash with Marsha’s friends or with much of queer New York City, for whom Marsha served as a sort of street ambassador and a cheerful mascot who wasn’t afraid to bare her teeth in the face of injustice. (“Darling, I want my gay rights now,” Marsha sunnily demands in old news footage shot in the days following the Stonewall riots.)
In the new documentary on Netflix, The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson, Oscar-nominated filmmaker David France (How to Survive a Plague) keeps his focus on Cruz, the lone crusader who serves as our guide to the characters who populated the Stonewall era and beyond. Will our tenacious gumshoe find justice for Marsha? Was she murdered?
If all of this sounds like the narrative of classic film noir, it isn’t far off. Cruz, heavy with layers of clothing and walking with the assistance of a cane, is often framed by director France against long vistas of cityscape that mark her deliberate journey toward justice. She is our Sam Spade, with a little Gandalf thrown in, and she is relentless.
Cruz tears open boxes of forgotten, dusty files about the case. She argues for more resources from her strapped social service agency. She is even forewarned by a cop she gets on the phone. “Don’t play detective yourself, alright?” he says ominously, his gruff voice straight out of central casting for a Scorsese film. “Leave this to the people who should handle it.”
Nevertheless, she persists. Cruz scrutinizes every potential witness and source, peering over her glasses with eyes grayed with age and hardship. It’s easy to forget the titular character for spans of time, so fascinating is our main detective.
Along the way, Cruz interviews the surviving friends of Marsha, chief among them Sylvia Rivera, a fellow trans activist with whom Marsha founded a makeshift shelter for trans women. Sylvia was the more confrontational of the two, railing against white middle-class gays who would ignore the plight of their trans sisters.
In riveting footage from a 1973 gay pride event, Sylvia storms the main stage and fights the loud booing of revelers. She has been beaten, she screams at the crowd, she has been arrested and lost her job and apartment. “And you all treat me this way? What the fuck’s wrong with y’all? Think about that!”
It is a desperate, psychic breakdown for Sylvia, who would attempt suicide only hours later. Her life takes a downward spiral in the years that followed, at one point becoming homeless and living under tarps on the street. Sylvia died in 2002, ending a sad life trajectory that suggests what might have lied in store for Marsha as well.
Related: Marsha P. Johnson Is The Saint Of Christopher Street In Stonewall Film
Ultimately, the fate of Marsha P. Johnson and the documentary bearing her name exist in the harsh realities of the real world, where police apathy and the budgetary constraints of advocacy agencies dash our hopes for a single, revealing answer or a completely satisfying denouement. Such is life — and the largely ignored murders, mounting weekly – for transgender women in this world.
France’s How to Survive a Plague, his documentary of AIDS activism that is equal parts unbearable tragedy and grassroots inspiration, isn’t strictly history, because the plague of HIV, however changed, is still with us. The same can be said of The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson. The death of this remarkable person is in the past, where the secrets of her fate remain buried. The same cannot be said for the epidemic Marsha represents.
For transgender women in this country, the murders just go on and on.