GIRL TALK: A Candid Conversation with Courtney Act

Photo of Courtney Act by Magnus Hastings

Photos of by Magnus Hastings

Australian dynamo Courtney Act (aka Shane Jenek) comes to Philly this week to perform with fellow Drag Race contestants in the RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 6 Cast Party at Voyeur. I caught up with the living Barbie doll on the phone this week to see how life’s been treating her post-Drag Race, her thoughts on the “she-male” controversy, and why she’s so damn mean to Joslyn Fox.

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Photographer Discovers Rare, Fascinating Photos of 1960s Drag Queens

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New York Magazine has a great story this week about a Kansas City artist who stumbled upon a slide carousel of photos from a drag party in the 1960s.

“The first image I looked at was this picture of a man in a kimono that was incredibly colorful — it was just a stunning image to behold,” Heishman told the Cut. “There were family photos, and then I hit this line of images that were all people dressed in drag, predominantly standing in front of this beautiful mosaic outside a bar.” Intrigued, Heishman purchased the slides — for $2. “I didn’t really know what I was purchasing, but I wanted to have time to sit with them a little longer,” he explains.

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Martha Graham Cracker to Make Her Southern Debut

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New York City critics — and Bill Murray — raved when Martha Graham Cracker made her Big Apple debut last year at Joe’s Pub, but that was kind of easy. New York loves its drag queens — even the ultra tall, very hairy variety. Martha likes a challenge, and that’s why she’s accepted an offer to head [way] below the Mason Dixon to put on her first-ever show in the South.

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5 Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Art Garfunkel, Riot Grrrls, Little Baby’s Ice Cream Auction and More

LGBT Black History Month Spotlight:
7 Questions With Drag Artist/Rapper Icon Ebony Fierce

In partnership with Philadelphia Black Gay Pride, every day throughout the month of February we will spotlight an influential black mover and shaker in the city.

Fittingly, we end our monthlong series of highlighting local black, gay icons with a literal Icon: Drag artist and rapper Icon Ebony-Fierce. Ms. Ebony-Fierce has been featured numerous times on G Philly. We love her as a game-changing local drag queen with a, well, fierce, social-political mission to promote individuality and equality. One of her most impressive moves, if you ask us, is organizing the Freak Boutique, a party that benefits a different non-profit each month by generating funds through drink sales. She also hosts the monthly, all-inclusive Neon GNDRFCK Ball for the ”afroFuturist, raver, burner, space gal, queer alien” inside all of us.

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7 Sickening Whitney Houston Drag Performances on the Two-Year Anniversary of the Diva’s Death

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Two years ago today the world lost a superstar when Whitney Houston died, and the LGBT community lost a veritable gay icon. Today, we pay tribute to the diva the best way we know how: With a roundup of drag queens performing some of her greatest hits. Imitation is the highest form of flattery, right?

I found some gems while gathering the clips, including RuPaul’s Drag Race diva Morgan McMichaels taking on Whitney’s mammoth hit “I Will Always Love you,” Moltyn Decadence’s slaying performance of “I’m Every Woman,” and a vintage local video of Philly’s Mimi Imfurst, Cherry Pop, Brenda Dharling and others doing “The Greatest Love Of All” at the now defunct Q-Lounge.

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9 Gay Things to Do in Philly This Weekend: Bev is Back, Mileyball, and the Ultimate Gay Super Bowl Party

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Philly drag queen Bev may tout herself as the holier-than-thou “Gayborhood God Warrior,” but when that gal gets to complaining, Lord, you’d believe she was possessed by the Devil himself. To be fair, she has a lot to bitch about — namely just pulling a disappointing second-place win in Drag Wars — so Tabu has invited the queen to host her very own evening of comedy, burlesque and other “bitchy surprises” in “Bev’s Bitchfest: The Bitch is Back.”

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BEHIND THE SCENES: Manila Luzon’s Photo Shoot With Shirtless Philly Models

Garrett Matthew — photographer to the Gayborhood drag queen community stars — recently released a sexy shot from a photo session he did with RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Manila Luzon when she was in town for “Battle of the Seasons” earlier this month. The provocative pic shows Luzon cradling shirtless local model Billy Cavallo‘s head in her hands, while Cody Allen — also sans shirt — lounges dreamily on top of them.

I was surprised Matthew only revealed one photo from the shoot, which I know must have been good for at least a thousand images. So I asked him if he’d share any behind-the-scenes shots on G Philly. Check out the two he sent me below, each with a little back story from Matthew.

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