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When Is It OK To Ignore A Hate Crime Happening In Public?

When video of a trans woman being verbally and physically attacked by a stranger on a crowded New York subway train during rush hour hit the internet this week, reactions were mixed. Some people were critical of the dozens of bystanders who sat just inches away from the unprovoked assault and did nothing. Others felt they were in their right to ignore the hate crime playing out right before their eyes. Related: Video Captures Trans Woman Being Physically Assaulted On NYC Subway While Bystanders Do Nothing “What were the other people on the train supposed to do?” one Queerty commenter asked. “They were all minding their business so they can go home to their families when they get off the train.” “I...

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Theatre Review: “Waitress”

Pop-rock singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles has succeeded where several of her Billboard chart colleagues have failed – she has written the score for a musical that is not only catchy and tuneful, but also serves the storytelling in a coherent and cogent way. Waitress tells the story of Jenna (the ever-luminous Jessie Mueller), a waitress and expert pie maker in a small southern town, who married far too young to a man she doesn’t love. Can she escape him, and if so, how? Both the character of Jenna and Bareilles’s rich and zesty songs are terrific vehicles for Mueller’s detailed, heart-felt acting and liquid gold voice. Her Jenna feels incredibly approachable – she feels like an earth mother in spite of...

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OMG, WATCH: Gwen Stefani and James Corden take a ride for ‘Carpool Karaoke’ — with some very special surprise guests!

James Corden – always a good time! Gwen Stefani joins James on his way to work, hilarity ensues! The post OMG, WATCH: Gwen Stefani and James Corden take a ride for ‘Carpool Karaoke’ — with some very special surprise guests! appeared first on !! omg blog !! [the original, since 2003].

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Ten Queens Who Turned Their Drag Careers Into Some Serious Coin

The art form of drag and female impersonation has exploded in popularity over the last decade, driven in part by the remarkable visibility created by RuPaul‘s Drag Race. The show, currently airing its eighth season on Logo, has brought great drag into homes across the world and has changed the game for drag as a profession. Being a successful drag entertainer in the ear of RuPaul‘s Drag Race is a lot more complicated (and competitive) than ever before. Below is a list of ten fierce queens who have taken the art of drag to the next level. From full-length albums and music videos to international tours and talent management companies, these queens have embraced the state of drag fandom and are turning the art...

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Cabaret Review: Lady Bunny

Lady Bunny sings! In the past, she lip-synched her own voice for her song parodies, both medleys and single-song versions but now she does them live. It’s skipping a step and she’s a decent singer, so this new arrangement works well. Of course for her famous, zany Laugh-In style routines, she still lip-synched, and there was a number where she performed the attitude in her voice-over, but didn’t actually mouth the words. This “Lady” doesn’t put limits on what she’s going to say or do in her new cabaret act “Trans-Jester” – one of the great charms of this show is its spontaneity. Bunny is one of the smartest drag queens ever, and she is equally...

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Zac Efron Dons Mini Dress, Plus 22 More Famous Actors In Drag

It takes a certain kind of man to pull of a dress, and that goes double for straight guys. They’ve got to be confident, have a good sense of humor and not be afraid to raise an eyebrow or two. This week we saw two straight guys slip into something more comfortable — Zac Efron and Patrick Stewart. Zac went for a skin-tight red leather number: A video posted by Zac Efron (@zacefron) on Apr 19, 2016 at 11:53am PDT While Patrick took things in a softer direction with some pink satin: So how’d they do? Well Patrick clearly had the more committed look, but we’ll generously give them both an A for effort. That got us thinking about some of our other favorite, and...

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Theatre Review: “The Father”

Frank Langella delivers a tour de force performance. Of course he does, it’s what he always does, and he’s done it again! In The Father, Langella plays 80 year old Frenchman André, whose mind, whether he likes it or not, is starting to go. One of the more remarkable things about Florian Zeller’s play is the way it puts you on the inside of dementia, lets you really feel the confusion from André’s point of view. The fact that Langella is still physically imposing and effortlessly charismatic makes André’s descent all the more poignant. It’s also good casting on another level: André is a fiercely intelligent and independent man, after Langella’s own stripe. The downside of The Father is that it...

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OMG, RIP: The icon known as PRINCE

The artist formerly and currently known as PRINCE has passed away at 57. According to TMZ, Prince’s body was discovered at his Paisley Park compound in Minnesota early Thursday morning, and multiple sources connected to the singer confirmed he had passed. The singer — full name Prince Rogers Nelson — had a medical emergency on April 15th that forced his private jet to make an emergency landing in Illinois. But he appeared at a concert the next day to assure his fans he was okay. His people told TMZ he was battling the flu. Bowie AND Prince AND Chyna in one year! What hope is there left for glamour in this world!? Aside from the joy his music brought us, I will remember Prince for his optimistic...

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Your Single Days Will Soon Be Over! Google Calendar Can Now Help You Find A Boyfriend

We already know Google runs your life, but if their new ad is anything to go by, they may even help you snag a new boyfriend! When Brad gets dumped, he embarks on a journey of spiritual and emotional growth powered by — what else — Google Calendar. We won’t spoil anything for you, but it’s safe to say it’s a very cute, diverse, and super gay-friendly ad that we’re living for. Watch below, and get inspired to make a few changes to snag a new bf of your own.

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Theatre Review: “Cagney”

As energetic and optimistic as its subject, this James Cagney bio-musical is fizzy fun with just enough seriousness to make it a satisfying tribute to the pugnacious movie star. The show is above all a vehicle for Robert Creighton, who physically resembles Cagney, and who – more importantly – shares Cagney’s charisma and fleeted-footed dancing ability. Creighton also wrote a handful of songs in the show’s score, showing a gift for doing pastiches of corny 1920s vaudeville, the milieu where Cagney got his show-biz start. The remainder of the business-like score is mostly by Christopher McGovern. The climaxes of both acts are nearly century-old production numbers composed by George M. Cohan, who Cagney played in the 1941 movie musical Yankee Doodle...

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A Condom Company Thought It Smart To Advertise With AIDS Jokes. Now They’re Rethinking.

When brainstorming how to get traction for your ad campaign (or anything else for that matter), AIDS jokes are really never the best way to go. Because while granted, we are taking the time to write about condom company Hero out of Australia, it’s not going to contribute to more sales for the company — we can say that with near certainty. A series of cheeky ads the company produced on Tinder that anthropomorphize various STIs, including HIV/AIDS, have backfired after many consumers failed to see the humor. And while the entire series is one giant head scratcher, it’s these two characters, named “Aydes” and “Aidy”, that produced the most scalp itch as they offer jokes about HIV and AIDS: Nic Holas, the co...

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Cabaret Review: Rumer Willis

This girl is the real deal! Rumer Willis may be the oldest daughter of actors Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, but to quote the song “God Bless the Child” – of which she sings a rousing rendition – she’s definitely “got her own!” Willis covers a very diverse array of material in her Café Carlyle debut, ranging from Kander & Ebb (she did make her Broadway debut in Chicago, after all) to Wynnonie Harris’s hilarious 1951 r&b shouter “Bloodshot Eyes”, to poppier neo-soul material by the likes of Amy Winehouse and Hozier. Vocally, Willis resembles journeyman soul ladies of the 1960s like Barbara Lewis and Gloria Jones; not the most towering vocal instrument, but strong, flexible and quite expressive. She’s really good...

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OMG, his butt UHGAIN: Josh MacKenzie in ‘Filthy Rich’

This show seems to keep Josh in very little! And this time, he’s getting down to business with a male co-star. Check him out again after the NSFW jump! CLICK TO ENLARGE! The post OMG, his butt UHGAIN: Josh MacKenzie in ‘Filthy Rich’ appeared first on !! omg blog !! [the original, since 2003].

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Six-Year-Old Is Very Happy About Her Father’s Decision To Transition

Shalee Ellis and her partner Mallory live in Pennsylvania and have been married for three years. Mallory recently came out as transgender. The couple was certain the whole family would be supportive, but they were unsure how exactly they should broach the subject with their two children. In January, Shalee ultimately decided to take their six-year-old daughter Layla out to grab a milkshake, and that’s when she explained everything to her. Layla’s response was both surprising and inspiring. Shalee tells BuzzFeed, “As soon as I started talking, her reaction was so incredibly mature and impressive. I instinctively had a mom moment and hit the record button to see if I could capture a tender moment to send to my wife, Mallory.” And Layla’s response...

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Theatre Review: “Bright Star”

Affable and inoffensive – those are the adjectives that leap to mind when thinking about the Steve Martin / Edie Brickell bluegrass musical Bright Star. It’s a perfectly pleasant evening in the theatre, but on a Broadway musical landscape populated by big, brassy entertainments on one hand, and fresh, innovate think pieces on the other, it may have a difficult time keeping it’s darling little head held high. Bright Star tells the story of Alice Murphy, a North Carolina literary editor. When she encounters an aspiring young author – a small town soldier just home from World War II – a chain of events is set in motion that take Alice back to the best and worst moments of her own youth. The best thing about...

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OMG, is Alberta the new (rap) battleground for the trans rights movement? Alberta dad responds to mom’s hateful “Gender Bender” rap

A response video to the ridiculous anti-trans rap “Gender Bender” out of ALberta by M.H. Wiebe comes to us this week from Ryan Sauve, an Alberta dad of three, who released his track “Respect Diversity”. In an interview with CBC News, Sauve stated that he felt compelled to write the rap after seeing how much attention Wiebe’s rap had gotten. “I just felt that if a transgender kid or teen comes across that video, it could make them feel pretty alone, so I figured if we created a video response, it might make them feel like they have allies, that they’re supported and make them feel better about themselves and that there are people out there who care.” Check out the original, anti...

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More Major Film Studios Threaten To Pull Work Out Of Georgia If Antigay Bill Is Passed

Fox, Lionsgate, and Sony have joined the growing chorus of Hollywood power players urging Georgia to veto an antigay bill that would allow religious people to not perform same-sex marriage ceremonies and faith-based groups to not hire or serve LGBT people. The bill has passed the House and Senate in Georgia, where the governor has until May 3 to sign or veto it. According to Deadline Hollywood, the film studios join Time Warner, the Weinstein Company, Starz and power players like Lee Daniels and Aaron Sorkin in condemning the bill. Disney has said it will boycott Georgia, where lots of big Hollywood movies and TV shows are filmed, if the governor passes the bill. It’s possible that other entertainment titans will do the same. Related: Disney...

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Theatre Review: “Old Hats”

Rubber-limbed clown Bill Irwin was one of the biggest successes to come out of the “New Vaudeville” of the ’70s & ’80s. Around the time he joined forces with fellow clown David Shiner in the early ’90s for Fool Moon, the “New Vaudevillians” had done their work, and you could do straight-up vaudeville (no “New”) – much as has happened with burlesque since. So in Old Hats, Irwin and Shiner combine bits with roots going back to the 19th Century to a brand-spanking-new routine involving an iPad for Irwin. Seems Irwin’s image on his device sometimes gets the better of the real person! Long gone are any pretensions to High Art. This is not to say Old Hats is...

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