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In The Temple of Drag

July 19, 2017 1:26 pm0 comments

by Steve Desroches RuPaul’s Drag Race is no doubt a major cultural phenomenon, taking an art form long kept underground and on the fringes to a larger audience than ever before, if not right into the mainstream. A recent cover story in Entertainment Weekly, skits referencing the show on Saturday [...]

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REVIEW: Judy Gold: Kill Me Now

July 12, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Ever since the evening of November 8, 2016, when Agent Orange became the President of the United States, there’s been a palpable sense of anxiety, dread, and tension. If the current state of our political affairs were a screenplay, movie studios would reject it for being ludicrously [...]

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The Supreme Tommie Ross

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by Steve Desroches In 1978 Tommie Ross and several friends sat outside the Cove Disco in Houston for several nights before they had the courage to go in. It was one of the Texas city’s most popular gay nightclubs, and just seniors in high school, Ross and her friends didn’t [...]

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Blame It On Del Rio

July 5, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Since winning RuPaul’s Drag Race three years ago, the loveably vicious Bianca Del Rio has traveled the world with her insult-comedy-in-sequins show. Australia, Canada, Norway, England, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, and most every state in this country have been victim to the silver-tongued drag queen/stand-up comic and [...]

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A Gay In a Manger

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by Steve Desroches Kitten and Lou fell in love in Provincetown.  Those aren’t their real names. They’re stage names, but even around their house they call each other Kitten and Lou.  Kitten La Rue is the founder and star of the Atomic Bombshells, the Seattle-based burlesque troupe that is celebrating [...]

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Bank On It!

June 28, 2017 3:43 pm0 comments

Boomer Banks Hits Provincetown for the Fourth of July by Steve Desroches There were a variety of clever protest signs at the Equality March for Unity and Pride a few weeks ago in Washington, D.C. Some were direct and to the point with messages that had “Shame” written over Trump’s [...]

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Comedy in the Time of Trump

May 24, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches Suzanne Westenhoefer is not a political comedian, but she is a political person. She’s also had way too much caffeine and she’s been up since 4:30 a.m. for an appearance on The Stephanie Miller Show, a Los Angeles based progressive radio show that mixes comedy and politics.  [...]

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The Big Bang

April 26, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches The new Miss Gay Massachusetts USofA and Bette Davis have a lot in common. They’re both originally from Lowell and both of them came to Provincetown when they were ingénues, albeit close to a hundred years apart, attracted by the town’s creative legacy and seeking inspiration. And [...]

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Aurora Australis

April 12, 2017 5:00 am0 comments

Miss Gay USofA and Cate Blanchett Share the Spotlight by Steve Desroches Since Aurora Sexton won the Miss Gay USofA Pageant in Dallas last May it’s been a year of adventure. As she’s crisscrossed the country performing in big cities and small towns she’s met all kinds of people and [...]

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Scout’s Honor

October 12, 2016 5:00 am0 comments

by Steve Desroches One day when Scout Durwood was a teenager a flyer advertising a beauty pageant arrived at her home in Mission Hills, a suburb of Kansas City, just across the border from Missouri. At the time she was a self-proclaimed tomboy with no interest in such things. That [...]

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