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March 13, 2019

11 Yr Old Performs in Drag At Bars~ Blogger Wanted it Stopped But Mom Cleared


By Doug Mainwaring
NEW YORK,(LifeSiteNews) — 
Drag kid “Desmond Is Amazing’s” mom has taken to social media to vindicate herself after state and local agencies determined that she has not committed child abuse by allowing her young son to perform in gay bars.
A barrage of allegations of abuse and exploitation were triggered when a video of Desmond performing in drag at the “3 Dollar Bill,” a gay club in Brooklyn, New York, was released last December. The internet and social media quickly erupted with calls for child welfare authorities to intervene.
Child Protective Services (CPS) investigated Desmond’s family, as did the New York City Administration for Child Services (ACS), the New York Police Department (NYPD), the Child Advocacy Center, the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Department of Labor, and the District Attorney’s Office. 
“Because of the number of reports they received, our case went all the way to the Governor's office,” said Wendy Napoles, Desmond’s mom. “We had announced visits & unannounced visits to our home nearly daily & at all hours & Desmond’s school. Our family was probed more intensely than any other case before.”
This past weekend, Napoles posted on Instagram a series of ten photos of the exonerating letters she has received from the concerned agencies, showing that the assertions of child abuse were “unfounded.” 
“We have been accused of child abuse, exploitation & maltreatment to the point that we have been backed into a corner trying to defend ourselves,” she said in the Instagram posting. “We have been under a microscope since early December. I never thought I would have to breach my own privacy & confidentiality to provide proof that has been demanded of us out of malice.”   
Within the law versus the best interest of children
While Desmond’s mom dismisses the public’s concern as harassment because no crime has been committed, some suggest that what is legal might not necessarily be in her son’s best interest. 
Earlier this year, blogger Elizabeth Johnston, better known as The Activist Mommy, urged updating laws to protect children like Desmond.  
Johnston asserted that laws protecting children from sexual exploitation are not being applied to the LGBT community, saying, “It's 2019 when apparently it’s not only okay to be gay but also okay for grown gay men to pay little boys for dances in bars.” 
“Parents can get away with it because they are members of the all-protected LGBT community,” she said. “The double standard needs to end. And children in the LGBT community need to be protected as much as those outside.”
Desmond’s mom defends, says “times are changing” 
“Desmond is never allowed into the bar area of any club, nor the main floor. He stays backstage with me, in the dressing room, or on stage only. It must be noted, however, that it is not against the law in New York City for a minor to be in an establishment that serves alcohol as long as they are accompanied by an adult. 
“Desmond was the sole performer for the performance at the center of this controversy and he performed three numbers. The venue took measures to make sure it would be age appropriate and audience members that attended were respectful and in good conduct.
“I know a lot of drag fans/drag queens do not want to see kids in what they consider an adult form of entertainment or venue, but drag is changing and becoming more widespread and popular with people of all ages, genders, identities, races, abilities, and disabilities.m“My son is a professional drag performer, not a stripper,” said Napoles in an early January Facebook posting. “No one forces him to perform, performing is what he loves to do and has always loved to do.” 
“He was a ballet dancer for four years and is currently earning an A+ grade in drama at his school,” she continued. “He is extremely talented in his celebrity and character impersonations.”
“His costumes are less revealing than a dancer’s or cheerleader’s uniform and are always age appropriate. While he dances, he does not move in a sexual manner,” she asserted.  “He often collects tips, as drag queens sometimes do, which we allow him to keep and he uses to buy clothing and the toys he wants.” 
“His engagements are contracted and booked by his management agency,” she added. “All of his performances are conducted in accordance with the Dept of Labor's regulations for child performers.”
Even some drag queens, gays, and liberals object to Desmond’s adult club performances
At the same time, Napoles admitted via Facebook that some in the “drag community” had negative reactions to Desmond’s gay club performance.  
“I left after seeing a child dance on stage for money at nighttime. This was on Saturday night and I have been feeling disturbed ever since,” said a patron on Yelpshortly after Desmond’s drag dance act at the 3 Dollar Bill in December.
Another said the club “exploits children and sexualizes them in the wee hours of the morning” and then warned that it “has provided just the ammunition to homophobic everywhere and endangered the community.”
“11-year-olds are too young to be performing at bars. This should not be legal,” declared “God is not Real” on Twitter, adding, “I'm a liberal democrat.”
Note from the publisher(Adam): I have seen plenty of boys her age performing in bars as cowboy and dancers in Texas, just not in drag and I think that is what some hypocrites can't swallow. Putin will not agree with this! if we were in Russia but people forget that even though the president is close to Putin, still this is the USA

January 29, 2019

Beirut Tough Drag Queens are Flourishing and Defying Middle Eastern Habitual Conservatism

Lebanese drag queen Anissa Krana checks her makeup in the mirror at a friend’s house in Beirut ahead of the Grand Ball. The drag scene in the city has steadily grown over the past year. (Natalie Naccache for The Washington Post)
 Washington Post

 Anissa Krana is the center of attention, sitting quiet and cross-legged in the middle of the room. The storm of the year has started howling outside, and the party is just beginning around her. 
Friends chatter and buzz, painting lips and cheekbones on her face; everyone’s eyes are on the clock. Doors at 9. Onstage from 11.
The star of the show takes a deep breath.
Welcome to Beirut’s drag-queen scene and the night of the Grand Ball. For many, this evening would be a debut, and an introduction to a community that prides itself on its flair. But for Anissa Krana — a stage name for Aniss Ezzeddine, 22 — it is the high point of her first year performing, and the biggest audience yet. 
The Middle East is known for its conservatism, but with its febrile nightlife and more liberal mores, Beirut has long been hailed as a relative haven for the region’s LGBTQ community, though not without challenges.
Shows are often impromptu and take place under tight security. Some fliers make no mention of venues, so information travels by word of mouth. 
Performers usually turn up in their street clothes, transform into a whole new character, then shed their costumes again before slipping back outside. Anissa, though, will be making an entrance tonight. A car to the venue has been organized, and she wants to enjoy the reactions of her fellow passengers.  
Drag has deeper roots here than elsewhere in the Arab world, and over the past year, the scene has started to flourish. Many here who became drag performers grew up watching Bassem Feghali, a comedian who gained popularity in the early 2000s by impersonating female singers. In 2015, Evita Kedavra, a Palestinian Armenian drag queen, took the stage, and one by one, the circle grew. 

Anissa Krana has glitter applied at a friend’s home in Beirut. Her makeup usually takes hours to apply. (Natalie Naccache for The Washington Post)
With dozens having taken the plunge since last year’s Grand Ball, the artists credit one celebrity above all: RuPaul and his wildly successful talent show “RuPaul’s Drag Race.” 
“That made a huge difference,” said Narcissa, another drag queen, of the Emmy-winning U.S. television series. “Suddenly everyone was watching it, and you just thought, ‘Wow, I could do that, too.’ Those artists taught us a lot.”
Now in its 10th season, the show has become mandatory viewing for most of Beirut’s queens, downloaded or streamed over the city’s famously poor Internet connection. “I just fell in love with it,” Anissa Krana said. “When you put on your wig for the first time, then the makeup, you just get into that character so fast.”
Emerging from those varied influences is a scene that blends an homage to American drag culture with something distinctively, and irreverently, Lebanese. Anissa Krana and Narcissa exude Hollywood glamour, all tumbling curls and dresses with jewels. Performers like Kawkab Zuhal set kohl liner on dramatic lashes for acts lip-syncing to Arabic music or telling sharp jokes about Lebanon’s crumbling political system.  
The city’s drag scene has taken off just over the past year, according to those in the know, with events rotating around a handful of trusted clubs. The Grand Ball earlier this month was to be at one of the biggest, with some 30 contestants competing in front of an exuberant, tightly packed crowd. The energy swelled as the performers rapped and belly-danced, their dresses depicting the four classical elements: earth, water, air and fire.
Sometimes, worlds collide. In October, to almost everyone’s surprise, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” star Sasha Velour strode through one of Beirut’s most famous civil war landmarks, a brutalist-style cinema still riddled with bullets known as the Egg. Videos from that party show the diva, dressed in scarlet sequins, sashaying past the crowd, sometimes pausing for the camera while others studiously ignore it.
“No one knew it was going to happen,” said Eli Rezkallah, the founder and creative director of Plastik Magazine, which organized the event. And when the music played, he said, the crowd was spellbound. “It was one of the most magical moments of my life,” Rezkallah said
Ahead of a performance, artists might spend weeks creating an outfit to suit their character.
“My drag is what I couldn’t be when I was young,” said one performer, who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear for his safety. He said he had started trying on his mother’s heels and makeup in secret, years before coming out as gay. When his parents found out, they barred him from their house and his friends turned on him.
He lives with other drag queens now. “They’re like my family,” he said. “We help each other with food, with makeup, money — everything.”
Others have faced similar trials, kicked out of their homes and ostracized by the communities in which they grew up. 

Krana’s make up palette. (Natalie Naccache for The Washington Post)
Although the Lebanese state is more tolerant of homosexuality than other Arab governments, the penal code can still be invoked to make arrests. In May, the organizer of Beirut’s Pride Week was detained on charges of “incitement to immorality,” before he was pressured into canceling a poetry reading, a sexual-health discussion and a legal-literacy workshop. 
“We don’t have stable laws here,” said Narcissa. “One minute, the state is looking one way; the next, it’s staring right at us.” 
Performers who choose to travel to their shows in drag can be stopped at checkpoints. Venue owners risk their licenses by putting on an event. Only a small number of venues are recognized as “safe spaces” for the drag and broader LGBTQ community, and owners must have strong ties to local authorities to ensure the police won’t turn up and harass attendees. 
“If I was doing this in New York, I wouldn’t think twice. I would just do it. But in Lebanon, you have to stop, you have to discuss everything,” Rezkallah said.
And yet the shows go on — usually without a hitch. 
“I want people to dream that this is normal, that this can happen in Lebanon, without knowing what we went through to get them there,” Rezkallah said. “I don’t want people to feel the struggle. I just wanted people to enjoy themselves.” 
By 8 on this recent evening, Anissa Krana was ready, her torso nestled in a royal-blue corset and glowing in the apartment’s low light. She wore thigh-high boots with heels sturdy enough to last the night. A platinum-blond wig was her pièce de résistance. 
“We’re going to have fun tonight,” she told friends as she struck a pose. With hands on her hips, she was the most commanding presence in the room. Then she turned on her heel and walked out toward the storm.
The car was waiting. It was time for the Grand Ball.

Krana in her royal-blue corset, thigh-high boots and platinum-blond wig. (Natalie Naccache for The Washington Post)

January 10, 2018

Drag Queens Come in All Shapes and Ages }} This One is Nine Yrs Old

Wow, where do you even begin with something like this? Apparently, a 10-year-old from Brooklyn, whose drag name is Desmond is Amazing, has launched a drag club for kids called Haus of Amazing at his Brooklyn school. Desmond Napoles began dressing in drag when he was a toddler often borrowing tutus and bedsheets, and says there are more kids out there just like him.
The club is a first of its kind and Desmond says no adults are allowed in. He told Out, an LGBT friendly publication, that ever since he could walk he’d wrap himself in bedsheets and strut around in his mother’s high heels. He’s been dubbed a drag superstar in LGBT circles.
On Thursday’s episode of “Pat Gray Unleashed,” Pat discussed the hypersexualization of young children veiled as social justice causes.

 Apparently, Desmond has attended Gay Pride in New York, made cameos in several LGBT music videos, and has seen a therapist who advised that the best cure for Desmond is to do nothing.
Watch Pat’s thoughts above. 
To see more from Pat, visit his channel on TheBlazeand listen live to “Pat Gray Unleashed” with Pat Gray weekdays 12 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET, only on TheBlaze Radio 

April 19, 2015

Anti Gay Republican Candidate was Drag Queen


Steve Wiles is your standard Republican candidate for the US Senate: he’s pro-gun. He’s anti-marriage equality. He used to be a drag queen and emceed the Miss Gay America pageant. Totally your typical Republican. 

Wait, a Republican drag artist? 

That’s right. 

Apparently the last Republican mid-term election got a bit nasty in North Carolina…or at least, that’s what Wiles thinks. The Winston-Salem Journal posted an article breaking the news that one Republican candidates who is all for a constitutional ban on marriage equality in North Carolina is a former drag queen. 

You could say that this bit of news queered his campaign. 

But there is so much wrong with a lot of his beliefs. 

For instance, this is his stance on same-sex marriage: “I don't really understand how you can separate the fact that marriage is a religious institution.” 

Let’s look at this in a historical context: marriage today is virtually nothing like it was thousands of years ago. Originally, it wasn’t about love. It was also (and this might be a shock to some) not really about religion either. It was a contract between two familiesthat often had to do with money, power, and land—there’s a reason why the bride’s family provided a dowry in so many cultures. Marriage for love only started becoming a thing about 250 years ago, and marriage wasn’t a religious institution until about the 1500s. 

Not that logic really matters, because Wiles says now that he has a problem with people who are gay. 

Looooooooord, this makes this man a bit of a hot mess. He was a drag queen. He frequented gay nightclubs. He was an emcee for Miss Gay America, of all contests. 

According to Business Insider, when Wiles was asked “whether his objection to the gay lifestyle was the reason he stopped promoting Miss Gay America,” he said, “It was. It really was.”

As to whether he also considers himself “ex-gay,” well…when asked about it, he said, “No, no, I really won’t make any comments on that.” 

Today, Wiles just says that having been a drag queen named Mona Sinclair is an embarrassment. 

He has some other oddities as well. For instance, he went from being a registered Democrat in 2008 to a Republican in 2012. Slate has suggested a very creative explanation for this: the persona of Steve Wiles is actually an act, perhaps the ultimate performance. It’s a man pretending to be a woman pretending to be a man. To quote Interview with the Vampire, “How avant garde.” 

The whole thing is enough to make your head spin. Why does he think he should be embarrassed about this past? Should he feel the need to re-closet himself? 

Perhaps this is a symptom of a problem within conservative politics: why can’t someone be both a Republican and gay? This should be an important question, as Log Cabin Republicans are being turned away from a conservative convention in Colorado. It’s also important to remember that all of the Republican candidates for president have backed the anti-LGBT law in Indiana

Maybe the time has come for the GOP to look at itself and see if there is still room for bigotry.                                                 

January 13, 2015

Muslim Drag Queens; Every nationality has them! (vid)

Meet Ali, a gay Pakistani asylum-seeker preparing for his first performance as a drag queen. Ali fled Pakistan, where he was persecuted for being gay, but now faces abuse from his neighbours in London. Mentored by Asifa Lahore, the UK's first Muslim drag queen, Ali is determined to overcome his fears and express himself in a dance performance at the UK's biggest 'gaysian' club night

April 29, 2014

Austria’s Choice for Eurovision Song Contest is a Bearded Drag Queen

Austria’s controversial choice in contestants for this year’s annual Eurovision Song Contest – the bearded drag queen known as Conchita Wurst – has upset several  Eastern European competing countries, which have called for Wurst’s removal, reports Reuters.
Eurovision, which is known throughout Europe for its massive gay following, launched the careers not only of well-known musical acts such as ABBA and Celine Dion but also transgender Israeli singer Dana International, who took home the top honors at the contest in 1998.
However, countries with prevailing antigay attitudes, including Armenia, Belarus, and Russia, have launched online petitions to have Wurst either removed from the competition or edited out of the Eurovision television broadcasts in their homelands.
Wurst, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, has even drawn criticism from other Eurovision contenders, including Armenian contestant Aram MP3, who said Wurst’s way of life was “not natural,” then backpedaled and claimed his comments were in jest.
However, Wurst remains focused on his goal and plans to stay true to his image, beard and all, when he performs his song entry, “Rise Like a Phoenix,” during the competition. “The beard is a statement to say that you can achieve anything, no matter who you are or how you look,” Wurst told Reuters in a recent interview.
The 25-year-old drag performer hopes simply being visible on the stage of one of the world’s oldest TV contests will also help inspire hope in LGBT people who are being oppressed in other countries around the world. “Being a teenager, a gay teenager, in such a small village is not that much fun. I am part of the gay community and most gays have a similar story to mine,” Wurst told Reuters.
Eurovision has scheduled the first of two semifinal dates for May 6 at the B&W Hallerne in Copenhagen.

Watch the music video for Conchita Wurst’s “Rise Like a Phoenix” below.

July 5, 2013

In Moskow Actress Tilda Swinson Shows The Rainbow In Solidarity with LGTB She Also Appears In Drag With James Franco in USA

Tilda Swinton with a rainbow flag in front of the Kremlin
British actress Tilda Swinton has been photographed waving a gay pride flag in Moscow’s Red Square. Lee Williscroft-Ferris reports.

52-year-old UK actress Tilda Swinton has been captured on camera brandishing a pride flag in direct view of the Kremlin in the Russian capital.
Russia remains firmly in the international human rights spotlight, due to an ‘anti-gay propaganda’ law currently awaiting Vladimir Putin’s signature. The legislation, which received overwhelming backing from members of the Duma, also bans pride marches from taking place anywhere in the country. In addition, there has been an upsurge in homophobic violence in recent months, despite homosexual acts having been decriminalised in 1993.
The world’s largest country has also come under criticism due to the continued imprisonment of two members of the feminist punk collective Pussy Riot, convicted of hooliganism motivated by racial hatred.
Swinton, known for her roles in films such as The BeachThe Chronicles of Narnia and We Need To Talk About Kevinis yet to give a reason for her actions. However, her representative Christian Hodell has urged people to share the image, saying ‘Please share this message from Tilda: ‘In solidarity. From Russia with love’.’


Tilda Swinton
Katherine Mathilda "Tilda" Swinton is an award-winning British actress and model known for both arthouse and mainstream films. Wikipedia
Born: November 5, 1960 (age 52),London, United Kingdom          
Height: 5' 11" (1.79 m)
Full name: Katherine Mathilda Swinton
Partner: Sandro Kopp (2004–)
Children: Honor ByrneXavier Byrne
She is also my niw hero and fan (Adam)
James Franco and Tilda SwintonA lot of actors cultivate the appearance of being multi-layered and kind of bizarre, but few have made it their life’s work like Tilda Swinton and James Franco seemingly have. Both Tilda and James known as experimental beings who often gender bend and play with their own identities. But while some of James’ antics seem like calculated affectations (ahem, “General Hospital”), there is no denying that Tilda is an absolute dyed-in-the-wool weirdo. Here are five strange things Tilda Swinton did long before James Franco had even dreamed of appearing on daytime television as, like, a total cultural statement, man.
You can say anything you want about James Franco but he is shown that he is not afraid to play any part of wear any custom. I wonder how many personalities are tucked up behind that beautiful bud of his!

November 28, 2012

Carnival Cruise Lines Tells RuPaul We LOve your Queens But Not in Our Castle

carrying about two dozen drag queens from Logo's RuPaul's Drag Race (including local favorite Latrice Royale), but Carnival Cruises has managed to spark a bit of controversy a week before the ship even sails by banning drag costumes. Yes, they've banned drag costumes from a drag queen-themed cruise.
On December 2, the Carnival Glory will depart from the Port of Miami 

Like most themed cruise packages, not everyone aboard the Glory will be there for the drag queens. While revelers will enjoy private Drag Race themed events with queens including Sharon Needles, Manila Luzon and the incomparable Stacy Layne Matthews, they'll also be traveling on the ship alongside regular ol' cruise ship passengers.

While the performers will obviously be able to dress in drag, Miami-based Carnival Cruises sent out a letter to passengers informing them that they will not be able to do the same.

Here's an except of the letter from AmericaBlog:

Carnival attracts a number of families with children and for this reason; we strive to present a family friendly atmosphere. It is important to us that all guests are comfortable with every aspect of the cruise. Although we realize this group consists solely of adults, we nonetheless expect all guests to recognize that minors are onboard and, refrain from engaging in inappropriate conduct in public areas.

Arrangements have been made for drag performances in the main theater featuring stars from LOGO TV. These functions will be private and only the performers are permitted to dress in drag while in the theater. Guests are not allowed to dress in drag for the performances or in public areas at any time during the cruise.

We're sorry to say that any guest who violates our policies and/or whose behavior affects the comfort and enjoyment of other guests, will be disembarked at their own expense and no refund will be given.
Sure sounds like Carnival is trying to protect children from the sight of men in sequins, because you know innocent children never see cross dressing. Except for maybe like Mrs. Doubtfire, Glee, Big Momma's House, She's The Man, every other Eddie Murphy movie,Mulan, Jack and Jill, the team Rocket dude from Pokemon, or old Bugs Bunny cartoons.

But then, Al and Chuck Travel, the gay-owned company promoting the cruise, clarified on their Facebook page that despite how the letter came off, Carnival isn't banning drag to protect children from gender bending, but actually for a few more serious reason: 9/11:
Carnival's "no costumes rule" is NOT meant to be an insult to the gay community. As a gay business, we would not have organized this cruise if they were prejudiced against gay people. This rule goes for both GAY and STRAIGHT passengers that travel on all Carnival cruises. It is in response to the post-911 world we live in. It is meant to protect passengers and guests - NOT to marginalize a few.
The Facebook posting also added, "let's use this opportunity to set an example so that all the world can see that the GLBT community can follow rules and regulations just like everyone else" ...which, uh what? Is this really a problem? Do homophobes sit around thinking, "Well, you know, my main problem with the gays is that they don't follow cruise ship rules and regulations?"

The posting did clarify that transgendered cruise passengers should not be worried that the rules would apply to them.

Sounds to us like Mickey Arison's Carnival Cruises could have handled the situation better by informing all passengers that no ornate costumes of any kind were permitted instead of signaling out a LGBT group and telling them not to wear drag.

Though, interestingly, Carnival has hosted Halloween-themed cruises that specifically featured costume parties.

Several commenters on the Al and Chuck Travel Facebook posting are not pleased.

"I will demand a refund from Al and Chuck Travel, and I will gladly partake in a class action lawsuit against Carnival Cruise Lines," wrote one. "If we want discrimination to cease, we must be the voice. Someone, and everyone involved, needs to be held accountable for this outrage. Who defines, 'uncomfortable?' I have been excited about this trip for months and months, and here I am, a few days from sailing, and I am already uncomfortable."

"As someone who watched the WTC fall from my window I don't remember drag queens having anything to do with that," wrote another. "When in doubt, blame 9/11...spare me! I hope your agency and Carnival get hit with a class-action discrimination suit."

Update: Season Four winner, and perhaps the show's biggest breakout star, Sharon Needles has chimed in on her Facebook

This letter was sent to all of the vacationers who are embarking on the Drag Stars at Sea Cruise, and it is COMPLETELY against my values...and hopefully everyone else's as well...before drag race, nothing was more exciting to me than dressing up and watching my idols perform. I love that my fans dress up at my shows, FREAKS STAND UP! YOU ARE BORN NAKED AND THE REST IS DRAG!!
Carnival Cruises is said to be releasing an official statement on the matter shortly. 
By Kyle Munzenrieder


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