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Renegades to Role Models: RuPaul’s DragCon Expands its Reach

Drag was once on the fringe of society. Gender rebels performed their cutting-edge material in nightclubs and cabarets that most citizens never knew existed. Now drag culture is mainstream enough to warrant an industry convention that fills half of the … Continue reading

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Pop-Up Museums Provide Perfect Selfies, Promote Insta-Fame

If you can get enough loyal followers to follow your social media feed, and let businesses know that you’re willing to tag their product in your posts, then you’ve got it made as a highly-paid social media “Influencer.” But how … Continue reading

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Drag, Trans, Next Gen Artists Share the Stage at Wigstock 2.HO

There’s nothing worse than middle-aged New Yorkers complaining about how the city has changed since the “good old days” — but it’s wonderful when cranky old coots get up and actually do something to recreate the lost wonders of the … Continue reading

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Geeking Out on Inclusion: Flame Con Grows as it Redefines LGBTQ Culture

Last weekend, subway riders in New York might have noticed costumed nerds were flooding the city. International Cosplay Day took place in Central Park, Liberty City Anime Con at the New York Marriott Marquis, and, at the Sheraton Times Square, … Continue reading

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Three Cheers for Pride Parades!

 Everyone loves a parade — but marching in a parade is much more fun than watching one. I perform with a team of LGBT cheerleaders called Cheer New York, and every year the squad marches in New York’s Pride parades. Cheer … Continue reading

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Cutting-Edge Games Fest Has Something New for a ‘Change’

The Games for Change Festival has always been ahead of the game, in terms of the social impact of video games. Each year, its panelists and curators examine how games can be used to promote positive change in civics, education, … Continue reading

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Learn to Take Tea Like a Duchess in Time for the Royal Wedding

Any time there’s a royal wedding, a royal birth, or even a Brexit, Americans suddenly embrace their colonial roots and develop an obsession with all things British and fancy. Nothing is more regal than a tea party, complete with extended … Continue reading

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