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Florida Gay Resort Parliament House Faces Closure On 40th Anniversary: VIDEO

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Florida gay resort and entertainment complex Parliament House is facing closure, reports the Orlando Sentinel.

Approaching its 40th anniversary, Parliament House filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last week.

The property includes a 112-room hotel, seven bars, a swimming pool and an entertainment complex with dance floor and outdoor stage.

According to bankruptcy attorney Scott Shuker, the Orlando complex has been locked into a foreclosure and refinancing batter since it defaulted on loans during the recession in 2009.

Parliament House last went into receivership and faced foreclosure in 2010.

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British Drag Queen Rapper Is ‘Bitch Most Fierce’ - VIDEO

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Twenty-three year old musician, drag queen and rapper Monopoly Phonic has brought drag queen fabulosity and rap attitude together in his new song, “Bitch Most Fierce”:

[The] track [is] inspired by US rapper Rick Ross’s track “B.M.F. (Blowin’ Money Fast)”. Where Ross compares himself to notorious gangsters Big Meech and Larry Hoover, Phonic compares himself to legendary drag queens like Rupaul, Lady Bunny, Divine, Dame Edna Everage and the casts of reality competition Rupaul’s Drag Race and the groundbreaking 90s documentary Paris Is Burning.

Watch Phonic sashay through the streets of Manchester, England as onlookers take in all the diva-ness, AFTER THE JUMP…

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Feast of Fun Hosts Launching New Web Series 'Cooking With Drag Queens'

Fausto Fernos and Marc Felion, the hosts of Feast of Fun, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to bring their on again/off again web series Cooking with Drag Queens back with a vengeance. Long before RuPaul’s Drag Race, the two podcast hosts made a career out of interviewing and introducing drag queens to their audience.

Photo-mainWhile Drag Race’s has undoubtedly popularized queen culture for a modern audience, the duo wants to give the public a chance to see the queens they’ve come to love in a less competitive setting. Like any cooking show worth its salt, Cooking With Drag Queens promises to be about personality as much as it is about food. Alaska Thunderf--k, Sharon Needles, and Pandora Boxx are among the drag queens to have appeared on on the web series so far, but Fernos and Felion want to expand their reach to give up and coming queens a chance to make a name for themselves.

Their Kickstarting goal of $12,000 will go towards hiring a full production crew, bringing the queens in town, and giving them all the food to work with. The team is still actively looking for drag testimonials from any and all queens interested in becoming a part of the project.

Check out the Cooking With Drag Queens trailer AFTER THE JUMP...

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Mississippi Senior Inspires Debate with TIME Open Letter: 'Dear White Gays: Stop Stealing Black Female Culture'

D16c95a2dd6ac974c88adceee250205cTIME Magazine contributor, and current University of Mississippi senior, Sierra Mannie has penned an open letter to the white, male members of the gay community concerning what she feels is the widespread appropriation of black female culture:

"Maybe, for some of you, it’s a presumed mutual appreciation for Beyoncé and weaves that has you thinking that I’m going to be amused by you approaching me in your best “Shanequa from around the way” voice. I don’t know.

What I do know is that I don’t care how well you can quote Madea, who told you that your booty was getting bigger than hers, how cute you think it is to call yourself a strong black woman, who taught you to twerk, how funny you think it is to call yourself Quita or Keisha or for which black male you’ve been bottoming — you are not a black woman, and you do not get to claim either blackness or womanhood. It is not yours. It is not for you."

It’s not so much that gays have come to appreciate certain manifestations of black femininity that have flourished in the broader culture, Mannie argues. The line between the appreciative and problematic is crossed when gay men over-identify with black women to the point of forgetting that “strong black womanhood” isn’t something to be affected. It's an identity tied to a very specific kind of life experience inexorably tied to one's race and gender.

"In all of the ways that your gender and race give you so much, in those exact same ways, our gender and race work against our prosperity. To claim that you’re a minority woman just for the sake of laughs, and to say that the things allowed her or the things enjoyed by her are done better by you isn’t cute or funny."

Chuck Knipp, the comedian behind the drag persona Shirley Q. Liquor, has drawn varying degrees of criticism for his use of blackface and heavy reliance negative stereotypes about black women in his act. It’s easy to point out egregious examples like Knipp and decry their behaviour while overlooking the more subtle, but very real strains of misogyny and racism fostered within gay male culture--particularly when they masquerade as kitsch.

 

Reactions to the piece have varied from emphatic agreement to flat-out dismissal.

Reactions to the piece have varied from emphatic agreement to flat-out dismissal. In a piece for Thought Catalog comedian H. Alan Scott, challenged Mannie to broaden her ideas of what constitutes the “proper” kinds of actions for men and women, gay, straight, black, or white.

“Must I, as a gay white man, only like and act in a certain way because I’m a gay white man?” He asks. “Must that black woman pretend to like Beyonce when maybe, just maybe, she likes Katy Perry?

“[T]he last thing we want is for people to embrace other cultures.” Wrote another reader.  “Just have the blacks and the whites keep to [their] own sides of the town. Next thing you know they might start marrying each other and having kids.”

Far from calling for the resurrection of anti-miscegenation laws Mannie, like everyone else who has ever made her points is simply looking for people to be more cognizant of their actions.

"All of this being said, you should not have to stop liking the things you like. This is not an attempt to try to suck the fun out of your life.  

If you love some of the same things that some black women love, by all means, you and your black girlfriends go ahead and rock the hell out. Regardless of what our privileges and lack of privileges are, regardless of the laws and rhetoric that have attempted to divide us, we are equal, even though we aren’t the same, and that is okay. Claiming our identity for what’s sweet without ever having to taste its sour is not."


Seattle Drag Queen Mama Tits Confronts Christian Protesters At Pride - VIDEO

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Seattle drag queen Mama Tits confronted Christian protesters who tried to disrupt the city's Gay Pride Parade on June 30. Star Trek actor George Takei led the parade and rapper Macklemore also took part.

In a fantastic impromptu speech, Mama Tits told anti-gay protesters that they themselves are sinners “because they are wearing cotton polyblend - that is an abomination."

She went on to say:

"Why don’t you read your own book and actually follow the teachings to the letter of god and learn to support and love.  You need to drop the hate. You are a sad, sad excuse for a human being. Once you learn to drop the hate, you too can find happiness because we will welcome you with open arms if you learn to open your minds.  Not today satan, not today!”

Speaking to Seattle Gay Scene after the event, Mama Tits had this to say:

“Before I knew it, I was standing tits to nose with the leader guy on the megaphone. It felt like I had the strength of all the people who had ever been hurt by these people standing right behind be me giving me power! I was almost in autopilot mode from my days as a Sister of Perpetual Indulgence. I planted myself in his path and wouldn’t move. When he walked around me, I got back in front of him again and again. I stared him in the eyes and could see the pain in his eyes, I could see he was scared and he should have been. He tried to hit me with his sign, but like Bianca Del Rio says 'Not Today, Satan!' I pushed his sign away from my face and hair, because you DO NOT TOUCH my hair. And, it was all I could do to NOT get violent, but I didn’t because once that happens, we all lose.”

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Drag Race Alum Tammie Brown Releases Environmental 'Anthem': VIDEO

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Behold, the triumphant return of Drag Race all-star Tammie “with an ‘i-e’” Brown!

It’s been over five years since the quirky queen got into her famed clash with RuPaul and gave us the legendary quote, “I don't see you walking children in nature.”

The phrase lives on — just a month ago, Drag Race season 5 runner up Alaska paid homage with her YouTube ode to Laganja Estranja. Now Ms. Brown herself has released "Walking Children in Nature," the second song from her forthcoming sophomore album. The music video is unmistakably Tammie: Nancy Sinatra meets Tim and Eric, with a modest dash of Janice.

If you’re into exquisite green-screens and “Rocky Horror” lasers, Tammie just may be the queen for you. The song features Michael Catti, and you can find the music video
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