RuPaul Is Front & Center In Trailer For Season 5 Of 'Grace And Frankie'

RuPaul is featured in the new trailer for the upcoming Season 5 of the Netflix series Grace and Frankie starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin.

Hard to believe its been almost a year since we heard the news RuPaul would be guest-starring on the hit comedy series (Ru and Jane Fonda are pals) as “Benjamin Le Day,” who is described as a “formidable and quick-witted adversary” to the two acting legends.

In the quick clip, it appears as though Fonda & Tomlin are breaking into Ru's house, but it turns out the house is their own Malibu beach house which their children have sold out from under them.

The queens of comedy trade some “Who the f*ck are you’s” with the queen of queens, and that's just the beginning.

Season 5 of Grace and Frankie - which also stars Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen as the ladies' ex-husbands who are now gay lovers - lands on Netflix January 18.

Check out the new trailer below.



Winning His 3rd Straight Emmy Award, RuPaul Underscored A Message Of Positivity

RuPaul picked up his third consecutive Emmy Award Sunday night  for “Outstanding Host” for RuPaul’s Drag Race.

True to form, RuPaul asked the audience to join him, in the moment: “Everbody say ‘love!'” he announced with the audience joyously joining in.

“Now drive that down to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue,” he added.



Backstage, Mama Ru was asked about the show’s message of positivity in today’s politically charged social climate.

Ru didn’t hesitate saying, “The divisiveness is new to you, to the white folks. But for outsiders, for us, the gay, black — we have survived and thrived in this kind of atmosphere all of our lives.”

“At Drag Race we’ve always done what we do, and we will continue to do what we do,” he continued. “It’s really about looking at life as a big choice and you can see the glass as half-full, or half-empty — one choice is correct and the other choice will be painful.

“I choose joy — that’s why our show is so successful,” he said.

Since its debut in 2009, RuPaul’s Drag Race has become a pop culture phenomenon introducing the world to drag queens who compete in various challenges that reveal their “charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent.”

It’s noteworthy that none of RuPaul’s co-nominees were straight, white males: W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America with W. Kamau Bell”), Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”), Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”), and Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”).

RuPaul's Drag Race also won for Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program, Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming and Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special. 

The show is looking to make history by becoming the first unscripted show to win in both the host and the "Reality-Competition Series" categories in the same year.

Facing steep competition, RPDR is considered by many a front-runner against The Amazing Race, American Ninja Warrior, Project Runway, Top Chef and The Voice at next week's Primetime Emmy Awards.

The 70th Primetime Emmy Awards will air live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles on Monday, Sept. 17, starting at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC.

(h/t Deadline)

Leslie Jones Implodes Into Hysterics After Receiving a Message From RuPaul

Leslie Jones pretty much lost her damn mind after RuPaul surprised her with a special message on Access Live.

The hilarious comedian and actress appeared on the hit pop culture show to discuss her surprise second Emmy nomination for her work on the variety series Saturday Night Live. Little did she know what co-hosts Kit Hoover, Scott Evans and Bryan Safi had in store for her.

"Before we get to our game here, we have a special message," KIt said to Emmy nominee. "I did some work for you Leslie... a special message from a friend for you. Here it is." 

The camera then went directly to a taped message from RuPaul himself, who told Leslie how badly he wanted her on RPDR. “Leslie girl, you’ve got to get up on this show. We’ve got your seat waiting, honey!” he told Leslie. “Leslie Joooooones on the drag race!” After that was done, she went into a ton of hysterics that was nothing short of incredible to watch.

'OH MY GODDDDDDDDDD!" she screamed. "Oh no, y'all don't understand: oh my god y'all got to send me that clip!" 

"Did you see how pretty she was? Oh my god, did you see how beautiful she was?,:" Leslie continued. So will she accept Ru's invitation to be on a future episode of RPDR? 

"Oh my god, yes!” she told them. “Me and RuPaul are supposed to be together!” 

Watch it all go down below: 

'RuPaul's Drag Race' & 'Assassination Of Gianni Versace' Score Big With Emmy Nominations

The nominations for the 70th Emmy Awards are out this morning and there’s great news for LGBTQ artists and projects.

Looming large was the gay-centric mini-series The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story with 16 nominations including one for “Outstanding Limited Series” plus two nods for out uber-producer/director Ryan Murphy.

Murphy told Entertainment Weekly:

“Of course it’s thrilling to see this series attract so much recognition, and I am forever grateful to Tom Rob Smith for his brilliant take, to my producing partners Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson and Brad Falchuk for their collaboration and friendship, and to our talented cast who breathed such humanity into these characters. This was a heartbreaking story to tell, made more so by the fact that we continue as a culture to grapple with homophobia and shame and intolerance.”

Ricky Martin also scored his first Emmy nod in the  “Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie” category for his work in the series. Martin gushed via Twitter:



RuPaul’s Drag Race received 10 nominations including one for “Outstanding Reality Competition” and a third-in-a-row nod to Mama Ru for “Outstanding Host for a Reality Competition.”

Plus, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked  was honored with two nominations including “Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program.”

On receiving the news, RuPaul shared with via Instagram:



Thank you @televisionacad for 12 NOMINATIONS for #DragRace and #Untucked!! We are beyond humbled!! Big shoutout to our AMAZING family at @vh1 and @wowreport!!! #Emmys2018 Categories: #DragRace Outstanding Reality-Competition Program Outstanding Host For A Reality or Reality-Competition Program Outstanding Casting for a Reality Program Outstanding Cinematography for a Reality Program Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction, or Reality Program Outstanding Directing for a Reality Program Outstanding Picture Editing for a Structured or Competition Reality Program Outstanding Hairstyling for a Multi-Camera Series or Special (Non-Prosthetic) Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media within an Unscripted Program Outstanding Makeup for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program #Untucked Outstanding Picture Editing for an Unstructured Reality Program Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

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The return of NBC’s Will & Grace was graced with 5 nominations including Megan Mullally for “Outstanding Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series” and Molly Shannon for “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series.”

Also in the “Outstanding Guest Actress In A Comedy Series” are Wanda Sykes (Black-ish) and Jane Lynch (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel). 

Lynch was also honored in the “Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program” category for Hollywood Game Night as was Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games).

Out actress Lily Tomlin was nominated for her work on Grace & Frankie, as well as Sarah Paulson for her performance in American Horror Story: Cult. Cherry Jones got a nod for her role in the much-lauded The Handmaid’s Tale

Kate McKinnon was nominated for “Supporting Actress In A Comedy Series” for her work on Saturday Night Live.

Evan Rachel Wood celebrates her nomination in “Outstanding Lead Actress In A Drama Series” for her work on HBO’s Westworld.

Out actor Titus Burgess received an nom for “Supporting Actor In A Comedy Series” in Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Netflix’s reboot of Queer Eye received 4 nominations including “Outstanding Structured Reality Program.”

For Broadway musical lovers, you’ll be happy to know the rapturous Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert received 13 well-deserved nominations.

Surprisingly, FX’s Pose was completely snubbed receiving zero nominations. This writer was hoping to see both transgender director/writer Janet Mock and out actor Billy Porter get some Television Academy love for their powerful work on the ground-breaking, LGBTQ-centric series set in the 1980s.

The 70th annual Emmys Awards will air Monday, September 17, on NBC. For more information, head over to the Emmy Awards official website here.

Here’s the list of this year’s nominees:

Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
Antonio Banderas (“Genius: Picasso”)
Darren Criss (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Benedict Cumberbatch (“Patrick Melrose”)
Jeff Daniels (“The Looming Tower”)
John Legend (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
Jesse Plemons (“USS Callister”)

Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
Laura Dern (“The Tale”)
Jessica Biel (“The Sinner”)
Michelle Dockery (“Godless”)
Edie Falco (“The Menendez Murders”)
Regina King (“Seven Seconds”)
Sarah Paulson (“American Horror Story: Cult”)

Lead Actor in a Comedy Series:
Donald Glover (“Atlanta”)
Bill Hader (“Barry”)
Anthony Anderson (“Black-ish”)
William H. Macy (“Shameless”)
Larry David (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Ted Danson (“The Good Place”)

Lead Actress in a Comedy Series:
Pamela Adlon (“Better Things”)
Rachel Brosnahan (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Tracee Ellis Ross (“Black-ish”)
Allison Janney (“Mom”)
Lily Tomlin (“Grace and Frankie”)
Issa Rae (“Insecure”)

Lead Actor in a Drama Series:
Jason Bateman (“Ozark”)
Sterling K. Brown (“This Is Us”)
Ed Harris (“Westworld”)
Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”)
Milo Ventimiglia (“This Is Us”)
Jeffrey Wright (“Westworld”)

Lead Actress in a Drama Series:
Claire Foy (“The Crown”)
Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”)
Elisabeth Moss (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Sandra Oh (“Killing Eve”)
Keri Russell (“The Americans”)
Evan Rachel Wood (“Westworld”)

Reality Competition:
“The Amazing Race”
“American Ninja Warrior”
“Project Runway”
“RuPaul’s Drag Race”
“Top Chef”
“The Voice”

Variety Sketch Series:
“Saturday Night Live” (NBC)
“Portlandia” (IFC)
“Drunk History” (Comedy Central)
“Tracey Ullman’s Show” (HBO)
“At Home with Amy Sedaris” (TruTV)
“I Love You, America” (Hulu)

Variety Talk Series:
“The Daily Show With Trevor Noah”
“Full Frontal With Samantha Bee”
“Jimmy Kimmel Live”
“Last Week Tonight with John Oliver”
“Late Late Show with James Corden Late Show with Stephen Colbert”

Limited Series:
“The Alienist”
“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”
“Genius: Picasso”
“Patrick Melrose”

Comedy Series:
“Atlanta” (FX)
“Barry” (HBO)
“Black-ish” (ABC)
“Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO)
“GLOW” (Netflix)
“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” (Amazon)
“Silicon Valley” (HBO)
“The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” (Netflix)

Drama Series:
“The Handmaid’s Tale”
“Game of Thrones”
“This Is Us”
“The Crown”
“The Americans”
“Stranger Things”

Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”)
Peter Dinklage (“Game of Thrones”)
Joseph Fiennes (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
David Harbour (“Stranger Things”)
Mandy Patinkin (“Homeland”)
Matt Smith (“The Crown”)

Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:
Alexis Bledel (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Millie Bobby Brown (“Stranger Things”)
Ann Dowd (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”)
Thandie Newton (“Westworld”)
Yvonne Strahovski (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series:
Louie Anderson (“Baskets”)
Alec Baldwin (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tituss Burgess (“Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”)
Tony Shalhoub (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Kenan Thompson (“Saturday Night Live”)
Henry Winkler (“Barry”)

Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series:
Zazie Beetz (“Atlanta”)
Alex Borstein (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Aidy Bryant (“Saturday Night Live”)
Betty Gilpin (“GLOW”)
Leslie Jones (“Saturday Night Live”)
Kate McKinnon (“Saturday Night Live”)
Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne”)
Megan Mullally (“Will & Grace”)

Television Movie:
“Fahrenheit 451” (HBO)
“Flint” (Lifetime)
“Paterno” (HBO)
“The Tale” (HBO)
“Black Mirror: USS Callister” (Netflix)

Structured Reality Program
“Antiques Roadshow” (PBS)
“Fixer Upper” (HGTV)
“Lip Sync Battle” (Paramount)
“Queer Eye” (Netflix)
“Shark Tank” (ABC)
“Who Do You Think You Are?” (TLC)

Unstructured Reality Program:
“Born This Way” (A&E)
“Deadliest Catch” (Discovery)
“Intervention” (A&E)
“Naked and Afraid” (Discovery Channel)
“RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” (VH1)
“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell” (CNN)

Host for Reality/Reality Competition Program:
W. Kamau Bell (“United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell”)
Ellen DeGeneres (“Ellen’s Game of Games”)
RuPaul Charles (“RuPaul’s Drag Race”)
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn (“Project Runway”)
Jane Lynch (“Hollywood Game Night”)

Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie:
Jeff Daniels (“Godless”)
Brandon Victor Dixon (“Jesus Christ Superstar”)
John Leguizamo (“Waco”)
Ricky Martin (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Edgar Ramirez (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Michael Stuhlbarg (“The Looming Tower”)
Finn Wittrock (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)

Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie:
Sara Bareilles (“Jesus Christ Superstar Live In Concert”)
Penelope Cruz (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Judith Light (“The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story”)
Adina Porter (“American Horror Story: Cult”)
Merritt Wever (“Godless”)
Letitia Wright (“Black Museum” (Black Mirror)

Guest Actor in a Drama Series:
F. Murray Abraham (“Homeland”)
Cameron Britton (“Mindhunter”)
Matthew Goode (“The Crown”)
Ron Cephas Jones (“This Is Us”)
Gerald McRaney (“This Is Us”)
Jimmi Simpson (“Westworld”)

Guest Actress in a Drama Series:
Viola Davis (“Scandal”)
Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Cherry Jones (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)
Diana Rigg (“Game of Thrones”)
Cicely Tyson (“How to Get Away With Murder”)
Samira Wiley (“The Handmaid’s Tale”)

Guest Actor in a Comedy Series:
Sterling K. Brown (“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”)
Bryan Cranston (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Donald Glover (“Saturday Night Live”)
Bill Hader (“Saturday Night Live”)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (“Curb Your Enthusiasm”)
Katt Williams (“Atlanta”)

Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: 
Tina Fey (“Saturday Night Live”)
Tiffany Haddish (“Saturday Night Live”)
Jane Lynch (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”)
Maya Rudolph (“The Good Place”)
Molly Shannon (“Will & Grace”)
Wanda Sykes (“Black-ish”)

RuPaul: If You Don't Vote, You Can't Complain

RuPaul appears in a PSA for California's upcoming primary on June 5 urging folks to not only vote, but vote for Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom for governor.

"Today, I want to tell the world that I'll be casting my vote for you, Gavin," says the Super Model of the World.

Newsom gained headlines (and fans) in the LGBTQ world when he began marrying gay and lesbian couples back in 2004 (before same-sex marriage was the law of the land) during his tenure as mayor of San Francisco.

Many, including Mama Ru, credit Newsom's actions with jump starting the marriage equality movement that eventually brought same-sex marriage to the whole country in 2015.

So there you have it, Californians. As Ru says, "If you don't vote, you lose the right to complain. So - YOU BETTA VOTE!"

Watch below:



Thousands Sashayed into RuPaul's Record-Breaking DragCon

Over 50,000 fans sashayed into the fourth annual RuPaul’s DragCon LA this weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Created by mother Ru herself and World of Wonder, this was the largest #DRAGCON to date since it was first held in 2015. And no, it didn’t blow up--there was no sign of Tyra Sanchez anywhere—HALLELOO!

DragCon was packed with over 350 exhibitor booths which included hundreds of meet & greets, performances, and panels which included the following:

RuPaul, Michelle Visage, Bianca Del Rio, Trixie Mattel, Billy Eichner, Brian McCook (Katya) Alaska 5000, Jinkx Monsoon, Alyssa Edwards, Aquaria, Asia O’Hara, Blair St. Clair, Dusty Ray Bottoms, Eureka, Kennedy Davenport, Manila Luzon, Alexis Mateo, Vanessa Vaaaaaanjie Mateo, Kameron Michaels, Mayhem Miller, Miz Cracker, Monét X Change, Naomi Smalls, Bebe Zahara Benet, Raja, Shangela, Sharon Needles, Valentina, Violet Chachki, Sasha Velour, Chad Michaels, Ross Mathews. For full list of talent, click here.

Thousands of VIP pass holders were able to walk the convention floor hours early while enjoying a live acoustic performance by current All Star reigning queen Trixie Mattel. VIPs also got a first-chance to see the Werkroom replica before everyone else as well as snapping selfies at the over 30 instagrammable spots on the convention floor. Not to mention, they got dibs on the sick’ning vendors with everything your drag-loving hearts could ever desire.



On the first official morning of DragCon, RuPaul’s Drag Race and All Stars winners Trixie Mattel, Sasha Velour, Sharon Needles, Alaska 5000, Jinkx Monsoon and Bebe Zahara Benet Sissied That Walk down the pink carpet in front of thousands of fans for an epic Crowned Queens Walk.



As if seeing so many fierce reality television queens wasn’t sensory overload enough, DragCon attendees turned it out with their looks to give other visitors a run for their money. They served face, body, head to toe extravaganza that put many to shame while leaving others gagging.



This was my first visit to DragCon and what can I say? It was a beautiful experience. It was incredible to see that this tiny show that I use to watch nine years ago had not only grown, but exploded into world domination, inspiring and touching the lives of the young, the old, the marginalized, the disabled, the persecuted, the judged, the misunderstood, the queens—in every one of us.

RuPaul shared about the importance of this event, now more than ever:

In this time of chaos and lies, for three days tens of thousands of big-hearted, super-creative, and sensitive souls peacefully gathered to celebrate their truth at RuPaul’s DragCon. Seeing all the young people and families and queens has filled my heart with gratitude and hope. The future is going to be fierce.

During his Keynote address on Sunday, May 13th, RuPaul expressed:

Here we are in a time when it seems like the world's gone backwards....politically and everything, the pendulum has swung all the way...it's up to us and how we see ourselves on an emotional and personal level to push the conversation forward.

Before entering the convention center, all DragCon goers were greeted with a larger-than-life “Everybody Say Love” sign that set the tone of tolerance, inclusivity, and peace at the convention.

But let’s get down to it. As I mentioned, this was my first time at DragCon and ultimately, I had a great time. I met some amazing people, witnessed more death drops than I have ever seen in real life, and got to kiki with my favorite queens. Still--with all that, and with every event, there was chaos.

First you should know that if you are going to DragCon, YOU MUST HAVE MONEY. We're talkin' CASHFLOW REALNESS. If you plan on just paying for your pass and then coming to enjoy everything without spending a dime…that may be hard. Aside from paying for whatever you want to buy, you will have to pay for something or even pay for a meet & greet if you want to smile and pose with your favorite queens. This isn’t like meeting them at the bar or the club, they are there to run a business and their teams have it on lock making sure that they are making their coin. Completely understandable, though. RuPaul’s Drag Race has made entrepreneurs of them all over night and they need to sustain their very expensive careers. Just know that if you plan to get a picture, it’s gonna cost you, so don’t be offended if you are turned away.

One thing that was a great escape at DragCon that cost no extra money was The Runway. Throughout the weekend contests and presentations were held on the convention floor that had the crowds LIVING! If you were looking for the hot spot with all the music, The Runway was the place. With hosted and scheduled performances by Eureka, Alexis Michelle, Chad Michaels, Mayhem Miller, Trinity K. Bonet, Detox, Latrice Royale, Morgan McMichaels, Laganja Estranja—the queens were bringing it to the runway.

Special guests Evan Michael Lee and Chase Kolozsi from World of Wonder’s The Gaymer Guys, hosted a special cosplay contest that flipped the wigs of judges Jiggly Caliente and Pandora Boxx. And another highlight was the season finale of Hey Qween with Jonny McGovern, Lady Red and Peppermint.

The perfect opportunity to spend some more time getting to know the queens is by attending sessions and panel discussions, which also make DragCon a meeting of the minds. Sessions do cover a lot of points for RuPaul’s Drag Race fanatics, but at their core, these panels are a dialogue for drag and LGBTQIA culture that truly elevate visibility.

That being said, for DragCon LA, scheduling and timing for all sessions was a bit of a disaster. There was overcrowding in the lines and staff was having a hard time getting everyone in order because we all seemed to be in a haze. One late session potentially pushed back all the sessions in the room which interfered with the ability to run to the next line and wait for the next session. I know DragCon is only 4 years old, so maybe they will learn from these mistakes and have better communication among their team to insure that people don't get out of hand because—let me tell you—Drag Race fans can be VICIOUS and entitled!

If you were lucky enough to get into the sessions of your choice, it was definitely worth the wait. From Brian McCook (Katya) giving an uncensored, uncut and inspirational “DEB Talk” in the style of a TED Talk about the Drag Entertainment Business to Billy Eichner Glamming up the Midterms, the DragCon sessions were meaningful and insightful—but also tons of fun!

During one session, the RPDR Season 3 queens Ru-united to dish about what life has been like for the queens since they were on the show and how they have seen the evolution of drag and Drag Race over the last 10 years. It was an honest conversation about how drag has manifested into a popularity contest with social media and how most fans forget that paramount to everything, drag is art! Panelists included Phoenix, India Ferrah, Mariah Paris Balenciaga, Raja, Stacy Layne Matthews, Manila Luzon, and Alexis Mateo. The panel was moderated by Michael J Freeman.

Billy Eichner and Funny or Die partnered with DragCon to present their efforts in Glam Up the Midterms, an initiative started by Eichner to encourage voting citizens to cast their votes in the midterm elections in order to make the changes we so need in this world possible. Eichner was joined by Alaska and Peppermint for some “Billy on the Street” style games that got the audience pumped and had them rolling on the floor. Eichner also welcomed three community powerhouses who are creating political and social change in the Los Angeles area.

Jasmine Masters’ Class was also in-session during DragCon as she gave her humble opinion and had real talk with sister queens Kennedy Davenport, Tempest DuJour, and Shea Couleé. The four loud-mouthed queens dished about their time on Drag Race, the difficulties that come with being in the public eye, and they even down and dirty discussing their favorite sex positions before taking questions from the audience. Jasmine Masters definitely had something to say and panel attendees were present and ready for class!

Attending DragCon was an unforgettable experience. Yes it was three long days of walking, talking, dancing, standing, waiting, not eating, taking selfies—but by the time you realized your feet were numb, you were ready for the next day. I don’t recommend heels if you’re not use to them! I wore some butch flats instead.

I think there are a lot of sides to the idea of DragCon. Hardcore Drag Race fans will either love it or hate it. Drag purists may feel like it is a crazy whirlwind mega bitch of consumerism that is so far removed from the essence of the art of drag that they would wonder why anyone would spend a dime to visit. In my honest opinion—and I’m no Jasmine Masters—DragCon is part of the LGBTQIA revolution that has come to ignite discourse about the celebration of the obscure and what is different, and glamorous, and beautiful. It may also be the only place where people feel like they can freely express themselves without the fear of being in danger.

Expensive as it may be, DragCon and what RuPaul’s Drag Race has given to the gay community is groundbreaking. We forget that behind a simple reality show there is a message of tolerance and appreciation for individuals who have had to fight their whole lives to stand out, to be accepted, and to survive. We are truly lucky to be alive at a time where DragCon can even exist and where thousands can gather to honor pioneers and future generations of not just drag culture, but the LGBTQIA community that just wants to love and be loved—with heels click clackin’ about.

DragCon returns to New York in September. Badges and VIP Packages for the second annual “RuPaul’s DragCon NYC” will go on sale May 14, 2018 at RuPaulsDragCon.com. If you’re in the area, you bettah getchu some and start saving those monies, Henny!  

This was created by one of our Contributing Writers and does not reflect the opinion of Instinct Magazine or the other Contributing Writers when it comes to this subject. 

Reading RuPaul's Forthcoming Book Will Be Fundamental

Yaaaaaasss, hunty! The libraries and the bookstores are really about to be open! RuPaul’s new book is set to hit the shelves in October and Dey Street Books (Harper Collins) just released the cover image for his new book GuRu. This man doesn’t stop! Just yesterday Ru announced his new make-up line coming soon!

According to the book’s description:

As someone who has deconstructed life’s hilarious facade, RuPaul has broken "the fourth wall" to expand on the concept of mind, body, and spirit. This unique perspective has allowed RuPaul to break the shackles of self-imposed limitations, but reader beware, this is a daily practice that requires diligence and touchstones to keep you walking in the sunshine of the spirit. Once you’re willing to look beyond the identity that was given to you, a hidden world of possibilities will open its doors.

RuPaul spoke with People and gave some insight on the fabulous book that will discuss some of Mama Ru’s hard-earned life lessons.

RuPaul shared:

This book is a talisman, a guidebook for living. [It’s] a collection of meaningful phrases and quotes that have helped me navigate the chaos of modern life.

I hope that fans will use the book for inspiration. It offers beauty, but also advice, insight and attitude. It’s more than just a bunch of pretty pictures.

We are spiritual beings having a human experience. If we approach the experience without judgement, we can open up a vast vista of unlimited colors, textures, shapes and ideas. It’s not important for me to know what God is, it’s only important for me to know that God is, and that we are all an extension of that grace.

Along with RuPaul’s inspirational writing, GuRu will include over 80 photographs that capture the drag superstar with some never-before-seen shots.

RuPaul has been public with his spirituality and the beauty that is loving one’s self.

If you didn’t catch his keynote address from last year’s Drag Con, watch it and witness the profundity of RuPaul’s words and how he connects with people from all walks of life and cross-generationally:

RuPaul’s ability to connect with audiences has translated from his early years as a club kid, to his work as an actor, to the mogul in reality television we know today, and via his podcast What’s the Tee? With Michelle Visage.

So if you’re like me, you can’t wait to read GuRu because you know that Reading is Fundamental.


h/t: People

Keep Those Coins Coming: RuPaul Develops Make-Up Line

Is RuPaul coming for Kylie (Jenner) and Jeffree Star in the cosmetics industry?  The queen of all queens can now add another title onto his already plush resume,as it has been revealed that he's developing a collection of makeup products with Mally Beauty.


#MallyXRuPaul More info coming soon!

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“Ru has always stayed true to who he is and unapologetically puts himself out there. He exemplifies self-acceptance and has inspired and taught millions of people to love themselves,” founder Mally Roncal said in a press release regarding the exciting collaboration.

“This seamlessly blends with Mally Beauty’s mantra: What makes you different makes you beautiful! I feel blessed to have the honor of working with RuPaul and have him connected to my brand.”

The cosmetics line will consist of 10 or 12 products.  This isn't the first time that Ru has worked with a cosmetics brand, as he became the face and spokesperson for MAC cosmetics back in 1994.  The MAC brand was part of a very important challenge surrounding people living with HIV during the first season of RuPaul's Drag Race.

No further details about the collaboration as of yet, but its something that Ru looks very excited about. “I love Mally. Her approach to make-up is exemplified by her personality; smart, sexy, fun, and beautiful. I really dig this woman,” Ru said in a statement.

Will one the products be a Miss Vanjie brush? (Fingers crossed).


Calling in Sick? People Didn't Believe RuPaul Was on 'RPDR' Last Night

Last night's RuPaul's Drag Race had so much packed into 90 minutes that we are still in gagging almost 24 hours later.  33 different outfits (yes, 33 unedited ensembles walking down that runway), The Vixen (justifiably) yelling at another queen again and (SPOILER ALERT) Monet X Change and Dusty Ray Bottoms giving us one of the best lip syncs in quite some time.

But wait... was there something/someone else there, or not there, that we missed out on?  The latest conspiracy theory about the best reality show on television has once again got the internet shook and we are here for it (for now, until the truth hopefully gets revealed.)

For the runway portion of RPDR last night, host RuPaul did not show her face for the first time in the show's almost decade-long history.  Her look read as very Leigh Bowery, with her face totally covered as she topped that off by wearing one of the largest pair of shades the world has ever seen.  But... was it her... or someone else?

Some folks on the internet thought she called in sick and had someone sit in for her instead. They said that she had a sore throat last week, so it would explain why she wouldn't show up. 

Based on the previous conspiracy theories that have gotten out about this show before (like the one where Bebe Zahara Benet wasn't an actual contestant but a judge for All Stars 3), we will take this with a grain of salt.  Let's just hope that we see Ru's gorgeous mug next week so that the internet can refocus on something different like another Aquaria/Cracker battle that is bound to happen at some point.

Do you think that was Ru on last night's show... or not? 

Blair St. Clair Hilarious Recreates The Yodeling Boy Viral Video!

Season 10 RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Blair St. Clair might be getting sick of all this "Vanjie" hilarity, as she has found an amazing way to bring the spotlight back on her by doing a spoof of that viral yodeling boy video that just went out!

For some reason, a 10-year-old boy named Mason Ramsey decided to visit a local Walmart and sing the Hank Williams classic "Lovesick Blues."  The video has received millions of views, and already has several memes spawned from it.

Blair St. Clair wanted to get in on this "yodeling" action, so she posted her own version in what looks to be yet another Walmart.

LOL!  Also, peep the man on the side, who came dressed like the woman from the original video.  Given how several queens on RPDR says that Blair looks like a 10-year-old boy out of drag anyway, this opportunity came at a perfect time for her.

Shante you stay, Blair. Oh, and of course... there had to be a Shangela "sugar daddy" parody made for this.