RuPaul’s DragCon Canceled Due To Coronavirus Concerns

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RuPaul’s DragCon has been canceled thanks mainly to safety concerns in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

DragCon posted on their website:

DragCon’s first priority is always the health and safety of everyone involved and we’ve been actively tracking the situation around the coronavirus. The situation in California (and the world) is rapidly changing, with new information coming out everyday.

Unfortunately, there’s no way for anyone to know what the situation will be like in May. Due to that uncertainty, and out of an abundance of caution, we’ve decided that it’s in the best interest of the talent, staff, and attendees to cancel RuPaul’s DragCon LA 2020.

DragCon LA will return in 2021, better than ever.

We will be working with Eventbrite to issue refunds over the next 7 days.

Thank you for your support. If you have any questions email help@rupaulsdragcon.com.

Several major convention events have been canceled as well including the popular South by Southwest (SXSW) festival which has been held in Austin, TX since 1987. They plan to carry on and prepare for 2021, but they are seeing major financial difficulties and had to lay-off 175 year-round employees.

And E! News reports that the 2020 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is likely to be postponed in light of ongoing concerns surrounding the coronavirus outbreak.

No official announcement has been made yet, but several outlets have reported that the music festival is looking to push the dates until October.

Coachella Gays Who Posed With ‘Totally Not Gay’ Aaron Schock Apologize: “We Didn’t Know Who He Is”

Two of the gays who posed for photos with 'totally not gay' former Congressman Aaron Schockat the Coachella Music Festival last week have posted an apology to the LGBTQ community for not knowing who he is and his impact on the LGBTQ community.
‘Totally not gay’ former Congressman Aaron Schock (second from left) living his
best gay life at Coachella

Two of the gays who posed for photos with ‘totally not gay’ former Congressman Aaron Schock at the Coachella Music Festival last week have posted an apology to the LGBTQ community for not knowing who he is and his impact on the LGBTQ community.

In a post on each of their Instagram accounts, William Rossi and Rob Masi say they had just met Schock on the day of the photo, and had no idea who he is or how horrible he’s been to the LGBTQ community.

“In regards to the picture we took at Coachella, Rob and I have been out since we were 14 and 15, respectively; and living as proud gay men in a loving relationship, who hope to get married one day,” they begin. “We are entirely against Aaron Schock’s values, views, and actions.”

“We had just met Aaron on the day of the photo at Coachella, and before posting it, we were embarrassingly unaware of: who he was, his political views, and the extent of his negative impact on the LGBTQ community which we are proudly a part of,” the couple continued.

The duo say the inclusion of Schock came about out of a desire to be ‘polite’ to a stranger, nothing more.

A post shared by William Rossi (@willrossi3) on Apr 18, 2019 at 3:31pm PDT

“Rob and I wanted to take a photo with our friends at Coachella, to celebrate our last day there,” say the men. “Being polite, we allowed Aaron – who was basically a stranger to us and someone we just met – to include himself in our photo.”

The couple made it clear that “if we had more knowledge of his beliefs and past actions,” they would have never hung with him nor included him in their photo.

“We would not have allowed Aaron to join the photo, nor would we have associated with him if we had more knowledge of his beliefs and past actions,” say the men from San Francisco. “For our own political ignorance, we are deeply sorry.”

They also include a ‘call to action,’ if you will, encouraging Schock to come out.

“We hope Aaron does decide to come out publicly and live the gay life he so freely enjoyed at Coachella, the kind of life so many out and proud LGBTQ individuals have fought for and have made possible for younger gays like to live today,” encouraged the men.

They also say, now that they are aware of his past anti-LGBTQ votes in Congress, that Schock should apologize to the tribe he now seems to want to be a part of.

“And we hope if or when Aaron does decide to come out and own his actions, he apologizes and makes amends with the LGBTQ community, because he certainly owes us one,” they conclude.

Here’s a photo of the two men, sans Schock, at Coachella.

Lizzo On A Mission: “Putting Big, Black, Femme, LGBTQ+ Bodies On Stages And Telling Our Stories”

Lizzo (L) and 

With all the fun going on at Coachella this year – Ariana Grande reuniting *NSYNC, public sex on a Ferris wheel, former GOP Congressman Aaron Schock getting handsy with a guy– some have wondered why LGBTQ folks spend their money or take part in a festival whose owner, Philip Anchutz, makes sizable donations to anti-LGBTQ organizations.

A fan of Lizzo’s posed that very question on her Instagram, and the diva came back with the best answer.

User jacobthebeau asked, “I’m so confused why so many people are supporting this event that supports anti-lgbt organizations?!”

And Lizzo responded writing, “Because Jacob, whether we like it or not most major organizations are run by bigoted millionaires that donate to bigoted organizations.”

That said, Lizzo isn’t daunted by standing up to ‘bigoted millionaires.’ She knows what her job is, and it’s not to stand by and watch bad things happen.

“I realize my activism is to disrupt those spaces and spread my message to thousands of ppl,” said the 30-year-old rapper. “Y’all may not agree w it and that’s ok. But know that I’m doing what I gotta do to make sure my big black ass voice is heard.”

“Can’t wait to dismantle the hate that funds this country,” she added. “But until then, imma be putting big, black, femme, lgbtq+ bodies on stages and telling our stories.”

Here’s the full post with Lizzo’s exchange with fans in the comments:

A post shared by Lizzo (@lizzobeeating) on Apr 16, 2019 at 10:27am PDT

And that’s exactly what our girl is doing.

Lizzo snuggled with her own body image issues at a young age. So today, she advocates for body positivity and self-love, making diversity the focus of her music.

Her songs have addressed body image, (“Juice”), sexuality (“Boys”), and race (“My Skin”). Her back-up dancers, known as the Big Grrrls, are all plus-size dancers.

And – she loves herself some fierce drag queens.

For instance, check out Lizzo’s latest music video, “Juice,” where she not only brings her own big and beautiful self to the small screen, but she’s got some friends from RPDR with her.

The former Drag Race guest judge is joined by Mariah Balenciaga, Morgan McMichaels, Silky Nutmeg Ganache, A’keria C. Davenport, Detox, Asia O’Hara, Soju, Sonique and Mayhem Miller all lip-syncing to the body positive bop.

Miss Lizzo is everywhere these days because her new album, Cuz I Love You, drops on Friday, April 19.

In addition to Coachella, Lizzo has a 25-date tour plus appearances on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, covers on New York Magazine and Allure, and a feature spread in Playboy.

You can follow the rising superstar on Instagram here.

Coachella 2015 Was Hot This Weekend – In More Ways Than One

Just in case you missed Coachella 2015 this past weekend – either in person or virtually via three streaming feeds – Queerty helps out by assembling some of the hunky men of the festival.

Just to let you know that you missed not only the music, but the mens.

Here’s just a few. Click here for even more.

A photo posted by Braulio Del Rey (@brauliodelrey) on Apr 13, 2015 at 5:24am PDT
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A photo posted by Meninos na Moda (@meninos.namoda) on Apr 13, 2015 at 3:12am PDT