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Conchita Wurst Unveils Lyric Video for New Track 'Heroes': WATCH

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Eurovision winner and bearded drag queen Conchita Wurst, who performed last week for UN Secretary Ban Ki-moon at the UN in Vienna, unveiled her new single "Heroes" today, along with a minimalist black-and-white lyric video.

Listen to the single and a dance remix, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Starbucks Brings Drag Queens Together: VIDEO

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Drag Race stars Adore Delano and Bianca del Rio come to a peace accord with the help of a couple of skinny lattes in a new advertising collaboration between Starbucks and Canada's OUTTV.

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Facebook Continues To Freeze Out Drag Queen Profiles

FacebookEarlier this month Sister Roma led the charge in convincing Facebook to roll back its “Real Name Policy” that was forcibly deactivating drag queens’ accounts at a disproportionate rate. Though activists eventually reached an agreement with the Menlo Park-based company, Roma is now reporting that a number of queens are still being locked out of the social network.

“Every time one or two get fixed, a handful get suspended,” Sister Roma explained to the Guardian. “So we really feel like we’re swimming upstream, and while I’m hopeful that Facebook is doing the right thing, it’s discouraging.”

Facebook began deactivating drag queens’ accounts after a single user reported hundreds for technically being in violation of the site’s policy. Facebook has stated that it encourages users to use their real names in profiles so as to hold them more accountable and prevent them from abusing one another beneath the guise of anonymity.

“We are committed to ensuring that all members of the Facebook community can use the authentic names they use in real life,” Facebook reps said in a statement. “Our team is busy working to improve the implementation of this standard so that some of the issues people recently encountered can be prevented in the future.”

Sister Roma is currently acting as a liason for all queens affected by the policy, and encourging them to contact her with their names, deactivated profile URLs, and an explanation as to how their drag identity is the public identity they wish to present. 


Drag Diva Group Atlanta's Royals Cover 'Bang Bang' - VIDEO

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Evelyn Caldwell (Miss Atlanta Grand Diva) and Evah Destruction (Miss Atlanta Rising Diva) will be giving up their Atlanta's Royals titles later this month - and it looks like the drag divas won't be going out without a bang. 

Check out their fierce cover of Jessie J, Nicki Minaj, and Ariana Grande's "Bang Bang," AFTER THE JUMP...

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'Facebook VP' Apologizes to Drag Queens for 'Real Name' Policy on Ellen: VIDEO

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Last week we reported that Facebook changed its "real name" policy in response to outrage after the social network began to enforce rules requiring users to attach their birth names to personal pages.

Much of the anger over the policy came from drag queens, and a coalition led by Sister Roma of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence was instrumental in getting Facebook to change it.

Following the policy change, Facebook issued a formal apology.

Ellen DeGeneres spoke about the controversy on her show today and invited "Facebook VP Josh Blackenship" to apologize to a list of drag queens by name.

Watch it all go down, AFTER THE JUMP...

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California GOP Congressman Posts, Removes Image Insulting Transgender People

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Commenting on a bill allowing death certificates to reflect the expressed gender identity of the decedent, Devin Nunes [pictured below], a Republican representative for California’s 22nd District, has posted an image insulting to the transgender community on his official Congressional website, reports Queerlandia.

NunesThe post on Nunes’s blog, which appears to have since been deleted, included an image of Johnny Depp portraying the title character in Tim Burton’s biopic Ed Wood. Wood was an actor, writer, director and producer who is best known for his B-movies including “Glen or Glenda” and “Plan 9 From Outer Space.”

Wood was open about both cross dressing and his interest in drag.

According to Queerlandia, the image “does not reflect what transgender is, but is clearly an a snarky put-down of both a Democratic attempt to respect a group of citizens long treated poorly by society, and of that group itself.  Nunes should be ashamed.”


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