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04/19/2007


Bebe Zahara Benet Puts in Some 'Face' Time: VIDEO

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Drag Race first season winner Bebe Zahara Benet is out with a new video today called "Face", directed by Francisco Legge, in which she serves up a smorgasbord of looks.

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Okinawa Air Force Base Hosts First Drag Fundraiser for Gay Group on Military Installation: VIDEO

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Things are much different on Kadena U.S. Air Force Base in Okinawa, Japan since 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell' was repealed. On Saturday, the base held its first-ever drag fundraiser for Outserve, the Stars and Stripes reports:

"...On Saturday, servicemembers here may have been the first to take to the stage and perform as drag queens on a military installation in support of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender troops.

Drag queens and drag kings, to be precise.

Six servicemembers — gay, lesbian and straight — donned heavy makeup to dance and lip sync songs such as “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” for a raucous capacity crowd at the Rocker NCO Club at Kadena Air Base. The event was a fundraiser for the recently formed Okinawa chapter of OutServe-SLDN, which is the largest nonprofit advocate for the military’s LGBT community.

“We didn’t think there was much of a desire for an event like this on the island but it has actually blown up,” said Navy Lt. Marissa Greene, co-chapter leader of OutServe Okinawa.

The group sold 400 tickets amid heavy demand. The show avoided any mentions of politics.

The advocacy group agreed to avoid using the term “drag show” as part of its on-base fundraiser effort.

Tech. Sgt. Kristen Baker, who was among the crowd, said the show got a warm reception and would leave a mark for civil rights.

“Everything is just accepted. It makes me really proud to watch it,” Baker said. In the military, “we are all brothers and sisters no matter what.”

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Courtney Act Sends Her Message 'To Russia With Love': VIDEO

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Those of you who have been reading Towleroad since 2003 (yes, there are a few of you) may remember a drag queen  we wrote about named Courtney Act who was selected to compete in Australian Idol.

You're going to be seeing a lot more of her this year as she's a contestant in Season 6 of RuPaul's Drag Race, and this week she laid the groundwork for that in the form of a high-energy single and music video encouraging LGBT Russians and their allies to fight for love.

She also does double duty in the clip, playing two roles.

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Terri Nunn and 'Drag Race' Queen Raven Get Intimate in Berlin's New 'Animal' Video: WATCH

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Berlin has released Animal, its seventh studio album, and the video for the title track single features Terri Nunn descending into an androgynous mosh pit of sorts.

Said Nunn to Idolator:

“I wanted to film people of all ages enjoying their animal natures, and director Chad Michael Ward realized that and then some. The youngest in the video is 19, the oldest is 76.”

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Famous Irish Drag Queen Panti Bliss Blasts Homophobia on Stage of National Theatre: VIDEO

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On Saturday night, Rory O'Neill, also known as drag queen and activist Panti Bliss, took the stage after a performance of James Plunkett’s 1913 Lockout drama The Risen People in the national theatre, and gave an impassioned speech on homophobia that is making headlines across Ireland.

Our tipster Hugh F. explains:

Last night, on the Abbey Theatre stage, the national theatre of Ireland, Ms. Panti Bliss (Rory O'Neill), Ireland's most celebrated drag queen and gay rights activist made an impassioned speech about the oppression of homophobia. Appearing as Rory O'Neill a few weeks earlier on the Saturday Night show, he called out a number of public figures who he deemed homophobic because of their active campaigning to treat homosexuals differently. Those people threatened legal action against O'Neill and RTÉ (the national broadcaster) and a large sum of money was paid out in settlement. Ms. Panti Bliss took to the stage of the national theatre to set the record "straight".

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'The Queen', a 1968 Documentary About the Early Days of Drag: FULL VIDEO

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A full-length version of The Queen, a 1968 documentary about the early days of drag has appeared on YouTube in full:

The Queen was filmed in NYC in 1967 and released in theaters in 1968.

In 1967 it was illegal for men to dress as women. The documentary follows a 1967 Drag pageant judged by Andy Warhol among others. It stars Jack Doroshow aka Flawless Mother Sabrina, Richard Finochio aka Rachel Harlow and Crystal LaBeija. Crystal went on to start The House of LaBeija pageants which was the premise of the 90's documentary "Paris is Burning."

In 1972 Richard Finochio underwent sex reassignment surgery to become Rachel Harlow, she began dating John B. Kelly, Grace Kelly's brother. The relationship ended when John's mother said she would disinherit him if he married Rachel. Rachel opened the Philadelphia night club "Harlow's" in the 1970's. The only person to surface since this classic film was made is Jack Doroshow when he was interviewed by James St. James on youtube.

International Chrysis (1951-1990) can be seen as a teenage boy rehearsing dance numbers. These are the Queens who opened the doors for RuPaul and RuPaul's Drag Race of today.

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