It’s been a long, long time—23 years, to be precise—since RuPaul has graced us with a dragged-out, holiday TV spectacular.
RuPaul’s 1993 “Christmas Ball” on VH1 pulled out all the stops, with celebrity appearances from La Toya Jackson and Nirvana to none other than Boy George.
So, hold on to your stockings, hunty. RuPaul is bringing his homo-for-the-holiday showstopper back this year, along with his girls, of course, for RuPaul’s Drag Race: Green Screen Christmas.
Giving a whole new meaning to slay ride, Ru will turn it out alongside American Idol’s Todrick Hall (appropriately, to the tune of “Deck the Halls”), Big Freedia and Ellis Miah (“Jingle Dem Bells”), Michelle Visage (“From Your Heart”), Siedah Garrett (“Brand New Year”), and Markaholic (“My Favorite Holiday”).
“This holiday TV special and new Christmas album Slay Belles are my gifts to all the truly twisted RuPaul’s Drag Race fans around the world, who continue to inspire me with their love for everything sickening and fabulous,” says Mama Ru.
RuPaul’s Drag Race: Green Screen Christmas will premiere on Sunday, December 13 at 8pm the on Logo Network.
The amazingly talented Bette Midler is turning 70 years young today! The influential actress, singer, and comedienne has had a wonderful career up to date and we expect nothing less of her as she enters the “Golden Years.” Having earned countless awards such as a Grammy, Emmy, Tony, and a Golden Globe it is clear that she is one hell of a gifted lady.
Congratulations on all your success. Happy Birthday Bette. We love you!
Check out some of our favorite photos from her Instagram page after the jump…
Today marks World AIDS Day, and despite some progress, 33.3 million people still live with HIV/AIDS. Besides struggling with their health, HIV positive individuals also face significant discrimination and a lack of healthcare. For this reason, the World Health Organization (WHO) today is calling on the global community to focus on protecting the human rights of all those with HIV. According to WHO Director-General, Dr. Margaret Chan, the populations that are most at risk for HIV infection, including gay men and transgender individuals, are often the people who have the least access to AIDS prevention, treatment, and care services. Often, HIV-related stigma and discrimination prevents those suffering from seeking the care they need. These people should be able to find health services where they feel safe and are ensured non-judgmental care. As we start off on a new decade, we as a global community need to address the laws, policies, and regulations that increase HIV vulnerability while blocking needed health services or infringing on individuals’ liberties. “Today, I call on all sectors to protect human rights, including the right to health, and to combat discrimination,” said Dr. Chan.
Find out what you can do to commemorate World AIDS Day after the jump …
They are all just prelude to the important one, Giving Tuesday. Today, take a step back from the consumer cliff’s edge, and reconnect with your priorities. Support the non-profit organizations and charities that matter most to you. Yes, there’s been a ton of (deserved) bad press lately about some of the biggies: Salvation Army and Goodwill having strayed from their missions of doing what is best and doing, instead, what is best for them at the expense of others…but don’t let that dissuade or discourage you. Find a smaller organization with their fingers more firmly on the pulse of the communities they wish to serve, and lend your dollars. If you don’t have dollars, give hours, of volunteer service. Or give both.
Amazing biceps. Solid chest. Strong legs. Heroic abs. Charming smile. Baby-blue eyes. Take all those attributes, mix them in a blender with a few scoops of protein powder, and you will get trainer and Bravo star Craig Ramsay. First melting our hearts as part of Jackie Warner’s Bravo show Thintervention, Ramsay has continued to toe the line of being reality star. While he inspires and trains clients around the world, two projects in particular are sure to put him back in the mainstream media’s eye. Ramsay has partnered with Drag Star Pandora Boxx to create an entertaining fitness experience called “Workout’s a Drag.” They reached their Kickstarter goal this summer and plan to released the fitness DVD series mid-Dec. Well boys and girls want to get in shape? Ramsay says it’s time to get physical! So what are you waiting for? Tips, tricks and favorite destination trips are all here for you to enjoy.
You manage to be in phenomenal shape no matter what’s going on in your life: TV, training clients, and travel. How do you do it? What’s the secret that works for you?
Unfortunately there is no secret or magical pill. I wish, cause I would be first to sign up. I enjoy life and all it has to offer and what keeps me in shape is balance and moderation. If I’m in Vegas and embarrass myself at the buffet, you can bet you will see me put in double time at the gym. If I’m filming or with clients all day and don’t have time for a proper workout for myself, my food intake will reflect this. My philosophy of “The World’s your Gym” helps when I travel. I can throw together an athletic, effective exercise program wherever I am…even in church!
Holland Taylor, an actress best known for her role as the mother on Two and a Half Men has come out in an interview with WNYC. The 72-year-old said: “…My relationship is with a woman.” And when further questioned about her sexuality she said “It’s awkward because if I talk about relationships in my life or people that have been in my life, or somebody I’ve been seeing for a while or this, that and the other thing, I’d like to be able to just say that, without having to stop and say, ‘So have you come out?’ No, I haven’t come out because I am out. I live out.’
In recognition of World AIDS Day, Governor Cuomo made a series of announcements regarding the next phase of New York State’s Plan to End the AIDS Epidemic in the State. New York State is a national leader in providing high quality support services to individuals infected with HIV/AIDS, directing more than $2.5 billion annually to fight against the disease.
“New York was once the epicenter of the AIDS crisis – but now we are showing the nation how to fight back and make this epidemic a thing of the past,” said Governor Cuomo. “We are making rapid progress toward a future where more people know their status, medication is easily accessible, and new cases are more and more rare. As we mark World AIDS Day, we remember all those we have lost, and we recommit ourselves to ending this epidemic once and for all.”
Today, the Governor is committing $200 million in new funding toward HIV/AIDS efforts, which is in addition to the $2.5 billion in public funding that the state currently directs toward addressing the disease. He is also calling on the federal government to increase its contribution nationwide for housing assistance for people living with HIV and AIDS. Funding from the federal government on housing assistance for people living with HIV nationwide has remained effectively stagnant for more than 5 years at less than $300 million annually, and renewed support from Washington is vital to maintaining the progress that has been achieved thus far in addressing the epidemic.
Further, the Governor announced that in addition to the billions of dollars the State directs to HIV/AIDS efforts, New York State will make additional financial and programmatic commitments to ensure that New York State Ends AIDS by 2020, including:
- expanding the availability of affordable housing and providing additional housing assistance for those living with HIV;
- making life insurance available to individuals between the ages of 30 and 60 living with HIV;
- investing more funding into Medicaid Managed Care Plans; and
- investing more funding to help enhance services at “One Stop” STD clinics in New York City.
Protestors around the world took to the streets today to tell the leaders of more than 150 countries gathered at the Paris COP21 Summit that the time to do something about climate change in now.
“There’s no Planet B” in the fight against global warming. That was the message coming out of the world’s biggest day of climate change activism ahead of the Paris COP21 summit.
In the French capital, where demonstrations were banned after the recent deadly attacks claimed by ISIL, activists laid out more than 20,000 shoes in the Place de la Republique to symbolize absent marchers.
About 10,000 people joined arms to form a human chain through Paris, along the route of a banned march.
Violent clashes also broke out in the city, with riot police using tear gas to disperse around 200 protesters. French President Francois Hollande accused the violent protesters of dishonoring the memory of the dead.
Across the Channel, in London, around 50-thousand people marched through the city. And there were some famous faces among them.
“Twenty years ago, we used to have climate change marches. It was always seen as a sort of side issue. Now it has become the issue of the 21st Century,” said actress Emma Thompson.
In Sydney, Australia, around 45,000 people are estimated to have marched through the central business district towards the Opera House. Protesters held placards reading: “There is no Planet B,” and “Say no to burning national forests for electricity.”
More than two-thousand climate change events were held around the globe in all, with total turnout running into hundreds of thousands of people, according to organizers.
The National Gay Pilots Association announced today that it has partnered with United Airlines after the airline became the organizations sole Diamond Level partner.
‘The National Gay Pilots Association closely reflects United’s working together culture – based on dignity, inclusion and respect,’ said Greg Jones, the airline’s managing director of Diversity and Inclusion in a statement. “Supporting the NGPA and the dedicated pilots throughout its ranks is another way we can honor the diversity of our customers, employees and the communities we serve.”
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