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Pop Stars Around The World That You Should Stan

Stanning female pop stars is one of my all-time favorite hobbies, and one that I think a lot of other queer folks share. However, we often talk and tweet about the same singers over and over again. As an attempt to expose gay folks to new languages and genres of music, I’ve put together a little list of talented, badass female performers who perform in a bunch of different languages that I think anyone could get into. Often compared to Britney Spears, Utada Hikaru (or Utada) is one of the bigg
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The Rising Pressure of Drag As RuPaul's Empire Grows

Emi Grate, a Brooklyn drag queen, recently summed up perhaps the biggest critique that drag performers have about RuPaul’s Drag Race: “There’s more to drag than TV-ready makeup, finger wave wigs, and supermodel poses.” While the show has existed for nine years and has become the primary example of drag culture for the mainstream, it's not perfect -- and many queens who are performing in a post-Drag Race industry have a few issues with the biggest being that the show only shows a few different t
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YouTuber Sailor J Is Politicizing Beauty Videos For The Better

One of her most popular videos about Thanksgiving and cultural appropriation was actually only intended as a gift to one of her subscribers, “I didn’t think it would get as big as it did. She’s Native American so she was sort of venting to me and she sort of sarcastically was like, ‘I’d die if you could make a video for me to throw at all the appropriators.’” Although I think the topics of her videos are relatable, I don’t think they are the main reason she’s interesting to watch. Rather, there
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The Practice of Reclaiming Bad Representation

Relating to a fictional character can have a significant impact on how you engage with a story. You might laugh at a character making mistakes you’ve made or get emotional for an on-screen relationship that feels familiar. If you can see yourself in another person — real or otherwise, you can empathize easier. For a lot of folks, though, finding a character to actually relate to or feel represented by, can be a challenge. If you’re not white, male, cisgender, straight or from a western country,
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I've Always Felt Gay, But I Never Felt Queer Until RuPaul's Drag Race

His name was Adam, and although I don’t remember when or how we met, I can say with certainty that he was the coolest person I’ve ever seen. He had dreamy eyes and knew martial arts. He had a cool racially diverse friend group that all had color-coordinated outfits and fought monsters together…okay, so he was a Power Ranger. It was still real. The point is, even though I didn’t have language for it, I had my first crush on a boy when I was four years old. However, it wasn’t until earlier this y
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Buffy, Sailor Moon and Queering Media

It seems nowadays that, in our post-Glee world, that every TV show has at least one queer character — no matter how poorly written. However, it wasn’t too long ago that queer folks were fighting for any crumb of representation, finding their only solace in Will & Grace and the sexual tension between Xena and Gabrielle. Many young queer people became devoted to specific media, not because it was necessarily meant for them, but because they had elements that they related to as marginalized people