RUPAUL’S DRAG RACE: SEASON 11, EPISODE 9 – “L.A.D.P.!”

It seems last week’s loose Snatch has led to a much tighter race between our remaining queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race. We’ve finally axed about half of our starting lineup, so now’s the time for the front runners to really start swinging. And last night’s episode gave them just enough rope to hang themselves. That’s not to say…

FOR THE COMMUNITY YOU ARE ENOUGH…

Just being here, being ourselves, is enough for our communities. Most of us have the feeling that we are here to accomplish something big in our communities, and if we haven’t done something that fits the bill we may feel as if we are waiting. We may feel incomplete, or empty, as if our lives…

REAL TALK: GYM SELFIES AREN’T *ACTUALLY* HELPING TO MOTIVATE THAT MANY OF US

There’s only one thing in the fitness world more aggressively polarizing than burpees, and that’s gym selfies. Sweaty selfies. #swealfies, if you will. Whether you love them or hate them, you’ve most definitely got some sort of strong opinion about your IG feed being populated with flexed biceps. The practice has become so commonplace over…

NIGEL SHELBY’S MOTHER SPEAKS OUT ABOUT HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING

The mother of Nigel Shelby, a teen who died by suicide, has spoken out about the homophobic bullying he suffered. Camika Shelby said she was “shocked” by the death of her son Nigel, a 15-year-old freshman at Huntsville High School in Alabama who took his own life on April 19. In an interview with local news…

¿IN THE FIGHT FOR ‘ACCEPTANCE’ ARE THE SCARS WORTH IT?

It’s easy for us to feel emotionally unbalanced when we don’t know what we stand for. Have we spent most of our lives conforming for others that we’ve forsaken ourselves? Instead of using our voice, have we let someone else do the talking?  A lot of queer people are scared to rock the boat in…

EMPIRE AIRS SAME-SEX WEDDING AS JUSSIE SMOLLETT’S FUTURE REMAINS UNCLEAR

The latest episode of Empire sees Jussie Smollett’s character Jamal getting married, but it’s unclear if he will be back on the show. The April 24 episode, titled “Never Doubt I Love,” will see Jamal tie the knot to boyfriend Kai Givens, played by Toby Onwumere. The wedding, which Essence describes as a “first wedding of a black, gay…

SEX WITH AN EX…

When we start dating someone, we slowly work our way into their life. Yet when we breakup we often try to quickly rip ourselves out completely, and this can create even more pain and unneeded discomfort. We think that we need to act on our current pain and focus only on making it stop right…