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With amazing role models like Laverne Cox stepping into the spotlight my personal hope is that these brave individuals will help give a much needed voice to the Transgender community. Two such people looking to be heard are Jade Olivia Braddock and Cyril Blake, authors of a gory and gripping Werewolves tale in The Solstice Moon Series. They’ve already successfully self-published the first book of the series “An Awaited Reckoning,” which you can read the first 2 chapters HERE. Jade and Cyril are now on track to publish the second book in the series The Hunted Rogue and are challenging well know celebrity allies of the LGBT community to help them with their Kickstarter campaign, which was featured as a staff pick. So far the campaign has managed to raise $3,033 out of their $6000 goal and they only have a few days left.

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World Pride Toronto Off To A Grand Start

In: Calan, Totally GAY!
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Finally after months of planning and build up World Pride 2014 in Toronto kicked things off last night in Nathan Phillips Square to the tune of over 10,000 spectators. Of course there was way too much talking and warm up before actually starting the show, including a speech by newly elected Premier of Ontario Kathleen Wynne and her wife. Once all the formalities were done it was time to kick off the show with performances by Melissa Etheridge, Steve Grand and Deborah Cox.

First up was every gays favourite All American Boy, Steve Grand. It was the first Grand had ever stepped off American soil and we’re grateful he did! The man had us all swooning with his pitch perfect vocals and charming smile. I would have been completely happy sitting there all night listen to just him. Grand performed his hit song “All American Boy” last but added in a special twist just for us at the end. Met with a roar from the audience Grand swapped out American with Canadian and and every gay man in the vicinity went weak in the knees. Yes, yes I will be your all Canadian boy Steve. I mean, have you see the way he works that microphone!? Boy knows what he’s doing. After his set Grand took the time out to meet with every fan and take photos until everyone was done, signs of a truly greatful artist. We’re glad we could pop your international travel and Canadian cherry Steve.

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Adam Barta is at it again with another comedy song duet, this time with Margaret Cho. “See U Next Tuesday” came out months ago but now we finally have a video for it featuring some of your most loved (and love to hate) queens from RuPaul’s Drag Race.

Margaret herself only makes a few quick camoes due to time constraint with filming Drop Dead Diva and werking it in Tina Fey’s new comedy – she busaaaay! Adam and Margaret talked about it before shooting the video and came up with less Cho, more Mo. So what’s a boy to do when you need more mo? Call in the queens, of course! The ever so talented and adored JuJubee was kind enough to lend her lip sync for your LIFE talents to play the part of Margaret Cho in the video.

The other queens to the rescue were Pandora Boxx, Venus D’lite, sweet as pie Joslyn Fox and everyone’s most hated queen Magnolia Crawford. I don’t care what anyone says though, boy looks GOOD out of drag. Rounding out the reality TV ensemble was Ian Bernardo, Robin Kassner, Tina Jensen of The Glamazons and if you look closely even lil’ol me!

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It comes at no surprise that Adore Delano has released her own single hot off the heels of last nights finale and let me tell you, it’s hoodrat raunchy fierce! Gurl went out of her way to make a point with this one. We all knew Adore was the party girl on this season of RuPaul’s Drag Race but let me tell you, bitch chica turned it out. The first time I saw Adore she was crowd surfing at the opening party in New York and running around like a hot mess. I wasn’t sure what to make of this unpolished and loud queen but as the weeks went on I definitely can say Adore earned my respect. She’s got a mouth and a half on her but when the pressure was on she turned it up. She even tied Bianca Del Rio for most wins of the season at 3 apiece. Even though she didn’t take home the crown last night I’m still expecting big thing from this Queen of teen trash.

Adore describes DTF as ”grimy, pop, hood shit.” “It isn’t rap. It’s more baby talking like a thirsty slut,” she explains. In writing the lyrics, she drew inspiration from guys she met online. “The ones who in person looked completely different from their profiles, but still gave good sex.” Well she definitely hit the mark because that was all I was getting when I watched this video.

DTF will be released on iTunes on May 20th from Adore’s forthcoming album “Till Death Do Us Party,” which will be released in full on June 3rd followed by a nationwide tour. Check out the sexy video featuring model Max Emerson.

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The countdown is on to crown America’s Next Drag Superstar which means you can expect all the queens to be pulling out all the stops to secure the top spot. This morning I woke up to a new music video in my inbox from the talented Courtney Act and it has everything a gay could need – half naked men, gorgeous glamazons, fake tans and the RuPaul’s Drag Race top 3.

It’s no secret Courtney Act has a set of pipes on her so naturally I was expecting some sort of musical endeavor to crop up from #TeamCourtney. Well the wait is over because “Mean Gays” is here! Courtney sights moving to West Hollywood and feeling the pressures of fitting in as inspiration for the song. Her Drag Race top 3 sisters Bianca Del Rio and Adore Delano also make fun cameos in the video.

“I had a difficult time balancing my work and play lives. On the one hand, I loved drag and performing as Courtney. On the other hand, I felt an immense pressure to go to the gym and get the right body so I could fit in with the West Hollywood boys.

“It’s fun to be a part of a clique but when the group starts to influence how you feel about yourself, or how you act towards other people, it is time to reevaluate the situation. It’s important to be in touch with what feels right for you, surround yourself with people who respect the way you choose to live and always be an individual.”

People have given Courtney flack for coming across a bit too honest and cold at times. I just think when you do enough self work you get to a point of “take me or leave me because this is who I am” and Courtney seems to have gotten to this level. She’s been around the block enough to have a polished look and know who she is so good for her. As Mama Ru always says, “If you can’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gunna love somebody else. Can I get an amen!”

Did I forget to mention that the top 4 will all be coming to Toronto for World Pride and performing at the Green Space Main Event on June 28th and it’s just a $10 donation at the door. Get there early so you won’t be disappointed as I’m sure this event will get PACKED out!

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I had no idea what Eurovision was until I moved to the UK for a year and discovered all the amazing things happening over there that we miss out on here in North America. This year the UK is putting all its hopes and dreams in an unknown artist by the name of Molly Smitten-Downes. I came upon the song a little while back when I saw a live performance of it on YouTube but now the official music video is here and I’m in love with it all over again. Molly has such a unique tone to her voice and I think the UK really has a good shot this time round. The last time they won the competition was back in 1997, I think it’s due time for another.

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“Fall Into Love” with Wrathschild

In: Calan, Music
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The other day I did a post introducing you all to Wrathschild consisting of boy-girl team Simon Curtis and Wolfy. Well they officially launched their first single together titled “Fall Into Love” on Billboard.com and now you can all fall as hard as I have for this duo. The song has been on repeat since I got a copy to review. If the rest of their album comes out as magical as this single then I’m sure these two are well on their way to commercial success.

These two are currently doing all the heavy lifting on their own so please be sure to support them and their music by purchasing the single so they can continue to bring us awesome tunes for years to come.

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Gogglebox Is Coming To Canada

In: Calan, Totally GAY!, TV Shows
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The UK’s new hit series Gogglebox is headed to Canada and looking for the next Speidi (Heidi and Spencer), JuJubee and Jersey Shore kids to join the reality TV world. Casting has begun and if you live in the Greater Toronto Area they want to hear from you.

Gogglebox wants to know what all you loud mouths really have to say about Canada’s major television networks and programs. The basis of the show is you and your friends, boyfriend, girlfriend, family, etc, all hang out in your living room watching your favorite programming and gab about it. Sounds like a bit of a crap shoot, right? It’s actually really hilarious! Depending on the crop of characters that apply I think it could be a really great show. Currently they’re looking for a full range of people as long as all members are 14 or older.

If you’re interested in applying for the show you can do so at www.goggleboxca.com

So what do you think? Will you watch the Gogglebox when it hits the airwaves? I’m praying for a Jersey Shore style group of friends to get cast because you know that would make for good TV.

Here’s a few clips of the show to give you a bit of a preview

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