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SHOWBIZ Trans musicians, NHL, 'Queen Charlotte,' Jinkx Monsoon, Anderson Cooper
by Andrew Davis
2023-04-08

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The Face published an article about five trans musicians who should be on people's playlists. British queer nightlife legend Mya Mehmi said that those musicians include New York's Ms Boogie, London-based Harve, Arca, Ms. Carrie Stacks and DJ/producer Lady Shaka. Paper Magazine noted that, in 2018, Boogie came out in an open letter to fans. She said, in part, "I am currently evolving; I have been evolving since the beginning of my time and I will never stop evolving. In a practical world, I would be a 'trans woman,' but in the world that I have built for myself and my loved ones, I am simply myself. My spirit has always followed me through the many stages of my evolution, so I look forward to continuing to share that spirit with those who celebrate it with me."

Six NHL players recently chose not to wear rainbow jerseys on their teams' Pride nights for the first time, leading the league's commissioner to say it is weighing the future of the events, an NBC News item noted, citing the AP. "It's definitely fair to say that this political landscape is helping to sort of normalize people for opting out of the optional ways that they have been asked to show support for marginalized members of society," said Athlete Ally Executive Director Hudson Taylor. This season, three NHL teams—the Chicago Blackhawks, the New York Rangers and the Minnesota Wild—that previously wore rainbow warmups decided not to; Chicago said it refrained from the jerseys out of concern of players from Russia, where a law recently passed banning "LGBT propaganda."

Netflix and Shonda Rhimes welcomed friends and influential NYC media tastemakers to an afternoon of high tea to mark the upcoming new series Queen Charlotte, based on LGBTQ+ actress Golda Rosheuvel's Bridgerton character, per a press release. Guests gathered at the BG @ Bergdorf Goodman for a toast to friendship with show creator/executive producer Shonda Rhimes. All episodes of Queen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story will be available to stream on Netflix on Thursday, May 4.

Two-time RuPaul's Drag Race champion Jinkx Monsoon is joining the next season of the series Doctor Who, Deadline reported. Monsoon—who won season five of "Drag Race" and season seven of "Drag Race All Stars"—joins Doctor Who after completing a sell-out run on Broadway, where she played Matron "Mama" Morton in Broadway's longest-running show, Chicago; she was the first drag queen to take on that role. Monsoon joins "Who" a few months after Disney+ struck a landmark deal to take rights to the show outside the UK and Ireland.

Amazon Prime Video is developing a drama series based on the book Vanderbilt: The Rise and Fall of an American Dynasty, by Anderson Cooper and Katherine Howe, Variety noted. Patrick Macmanus—who previously created shows like Peacock's Dr. Death and Hulu's The Girl From Plainville, is adapting the book for the screen and will be an executive producer via Littleton Road Productions. According to the official logline, the show is "an epic drama chronicling four hundred years of the rise and fall of one of America's most powerful dynasties."

Wolf Play leads the nods for this year's Lucille Lortel Awards, which honor the best in off-Broadway theater, Playbill noted. The production, currently produced by MCC Theater, received six nominations, including nods for Outstanding Play, Director and Ensemble. Just a few of the other nominees include the productions Harmony, A Raisin in the Sun and Dark Disabled Stories; and individuals such as Jerry Mitchell (choreography, for Kinky Boots), Lindsay Mendez (lead performer in a musical, for Merrily We Roll Along) and Zi Alikhan (director, for On That Day in Amsterdam). The ceremony will take place May 7 at NYU Skirball Center.

Kelsea Ballerini co-hosted the 2023 CMT Music Awards (held in Austin, Texas) alongside Kane Brown—and delivered a performance featuring RuPaul's Drag Race franchise fan favorites, Out noted. The move was a rebuke to anti-LGBTQ+ legislation, including Tennessee's anti-drag law that is temporarily on hold. Ballerini sang "If You Go Down (I'm Goin' Down Too)" and brought out Drag Race queens Manila Luzon, Kennedy Davenport, Jan and Olivia Lux to join her on the stage. In a statement, GLAAD Vice President of Communications & Talent Anthony Allen Ramos said, "As LGBTQ rights are being questioned in Texas, Tennessee, and several Southern states, Kelsea Ballerini took to one of country music's biggest stages to display bold allyship by proudly featuring talented and beloved drag artists. … The CMT Music Awards also featured a performance from out singer Lily Rose, out red carpet host Cody Alan, and legendary ally Shania Twain called for country music to be "all inclusive" in her remarks. Country music stars are using their platforms to stand with the LGBTQ community and the industry is growing into an explicitly welcoming place for LGBTQ fans and talent."

Speaking of Lily Rose, she married girlfriend Daira Eamon in late March, Out noted. Rose wore a custom Indochino suit for the wedding, while Eamon wore a Galia Lahav dress; guests were asked to wear all black to keep with the black-and-white theme of the wedding. Rose and Eamon had dated for three years before getting engaged in Nashville in October 2021—the same month Rose released her debut EP, Stronger Than I Am. The next year, Rose was nominated for the ACM Best New Female Artist and was a nominee for Outstanding Breakthrough Artist at the GLAAD Awards.

Netflix hosted "Release Your Rage" retreats in Los Angeles and New York for the upcoming dark comedy series Beef, with special guests Law Roach in LA and ALOK in NY, a press release noted. The Los Angeles event featured a conversation between Roach and GLAAD VP of Communication Anthony Allen Ramos, during which they discussed several clips from the series that touched on rage, suffering through success and trying to fit in to be successful. In New York, the conversation between ALOK and The Hollywood Reporter News Editor Abbey White included topics like how rage can get easily ignited in every day unplanned interactions with strangers, among other things. See www.netflix.com/Beef.

LGBTQ+ musician Amanda Perez is part of The Cali Classic Tour that is mostly taking place on, fittingly, the West Coast from April 15 to July 30. (Some of the stops will include Odessa and El Paso, Texas; Portland; Spokane, Washington; and Beverly Hills.) Others on the tour include rappers Mack 10, Warren G, DJ Quik, Kid Frost and more.

Mary J. Blige's Strength of a Woman festival is incorporating ballroom with The Purpose Ball: Bridging the Gap, which will close the event on May 14, according to Out. In collaboration with Pepsi and Live Nation Urban, the event will boast a history-making $20,000 grand prize for fem queen face, as well as special performances by Saucy Santana and even judging by Blige herself. The event, which will award more than $60,000 in cash prizes, is in part the creation of Miss Lawrence.

Taylor Frey (G.B.F.; It Chapter Two), Kyle Richards (the latest Halloween series; TV's Real Housewives of Beverly Hills) and Rick Cosnett (TV's The Flash) are set to star in the LGBTQ+ movie The Holiday Exchange, which Frey wrote, Variety noted. (Frey and Cosnett are both openly gay.) Richards stars as Wilde's lively and involved mother, Lola. The ensemble cast also includes Camila Banus (Days of Our Lives), Nick Adams (Fire Island), Ashley Fink (Glee) and Frey's spouse, Kyle Dean Massey (Nashville).

On the Trans Day of Visibility (March 31), Oscar-winning actress Jamie Lee Curtis celebrated her trans daughter Ruby, Page Six noted. On social media, Curtis stated, "As a mother, I stand in total solidarity with my children as they move forward in the universe as their authentic selves with their own minds and bodies and ideas. On this trans visibility day my daughter and I are visible #transvisibilityday." Curtis once told AARP that Ruby's transition helped her rid herself of the "old idea" that gender is fixed and realize that life is a "constant metamorphosis."

The new season of Brat Loves Judy will premiere Thursday, April 27, on WE tv, per a press release. This season will follow rap legend Da Brat and her hair-care mogul wife, Jesseca "Judy" Dupart, as they prepare to have a baby. Part of the drama will involve the couple embarking on a tumultuous IVF journey as unexpected challenges arise within their blended family. Also, Dupart's son moves in, unwittingly causing drama in their relationship and shining a light on the couple's distinctly different parenting styles and upbringings.

Trans actress Josie Totah (Saved by the Bell) has joined queer actress Barbie Ferreira (Euphoria) and Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things) in the "reimagining" of 1978 horror Faces Of Death, according to Deadline. Co-writers Isa Mazzei and Daniel Goldhaber said, "Faces Of Death was one of the first viral video tapes, and we are so lucky to be able to use it as a jumping off point for this exploration of cycles of violence and the way they perpetuate themselves online."

Speaking of Barbie Ferreira, she told Dax Shepherd on his Armchair Expert podcast that she left HBO's Euphoria at the end of the show's second season because she didn't think there was a place for her character, Kat, to go, according to Deadline. She said, "I don't know if it was going to do her justice, and I think both parties knew that I really wanted to be able to not be the fat best friend. I don't want to play that, and I think they didn't want that either. I would have played her for as long as I was asked to."

Grammy-winning Canadian icon Celine Dion posted a special thank-you on her Instagram Stories in the wake of an outpouring of birthday wishes as she turned 55, Extra noted. "I felt this giant wave of love," she wrote on a hot-pink background. "Thanks to everyone for the birthday messages!" The sentiments come months after Dion revealed in an emotional video that she was canceling her remaining tour dates after being diagnosed with Stiff Person Syndrome.

Neil Patrick Harris will be on Broadway as a special guest star in Peter Pan Goes Wrong, Deadline noted. Harris will appear in the comedy April 11-30 in the role of Francis, a member of the "Cornley Drama Society" who portrays The Narrator and others in play-within-the-play Peter Pan. (He will not perform on April 21 and the April 22 matinee performance.)

A year and a half after actor Michael K. Williams' death, the man who sold the Lovecraft Country star the drugs that killed him pled guilty, Deadline reported. "Irvin Cartagena sold fentanyl-laced heroin in broad daylight in New York City, feeding addiction and causing tragedy," U.S. Attorney Damian Williams of the Southern District of New York said. Set to be sentenced later this year, Cartagena, faces a mandatory minimum of five years and up to 40 years on the charges. On TV's The Wire, Williams played gay drug dealer Omar.

Impact Wrestling's Gisele Shaw accused WWE Wrestling Hall of Fame member Rick Steiner of verbally attacking her with anti-trans abuse at WrestleCon, which took place in LA, PinkNews reported. The star, who came out as trans last summer, says wrestling veteran Steiner carried out the verbal tirade while they were both at a WrestleCon signing event. She accused Steiner of shouting abusive statements such as "you're a man," "you're a dude," "you're a piece of trash," "you are filth" and "get the f**k away from here" at her. The people behind the event later stated, "WrestleCon regrets the events that took place … and apologizes to Gisele Shaw," and banned Steiner from the rest of WrestleCon.

The legendary Raquel Welch died at age 82 on Feb. 15, and now her cause of death has been revealed, per Extra. Welch died of cardiac arrest, according to a death certificate obtained by TMZ. The certificate also noted that Alzheimer's disease was a contributing cause.

Queer Eye co-host and talk-show figure Karamo Brown stated that he definitely wants to marry his partner of two years, Carlos Medel, Out noted, citing Page Six. In fact, Brown made it clear that his "biological clock is ticking." He told Page Six, "I'm trying not to be the boyfriend that pressures, while also dropping hints." Brown was previously in a 10-year relationship with fiance Ian Jordan; however, their engagement came to an end during the lockdown period.

The Country Music Association gathered at the renowned Hall of Fame Rotunda at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum to reveal the 2023 inductees into the Country Music Hall of Fame—Bob McDill, Patty Loveless and Tanya Tucker, per a press release. McDill will be inducted in the "Songwriter" category, which is awarded every third year in rotation with "Recording and/or Touring Musician" and "Non-Performer" categories. Loveless will be inducted in the "Modern Era Artist" category and Tucker will be inducted in the "Veterans Era Artist" category.

MTV announced the nominees for the 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards, which Drew Barrymore will host on Sunday, May 7, the network's website noted. Per Deadline, Top Gun: Maverick leads the film side with six nominations; it tied with Stranger Things and The Last Of Us, also with six noms each on the scripted television side. Jersey Shore Family Vacation, RuPaul's Drag Race, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills and Vanderpump Rules led unscripted show nods, with two each. The 2023 awards also will feature two new categories: Best Reality On-Screen Team and Best Kick-Ass Cast.

Taraji P. Henson is slated to guest-star on ABC's Abbott Elementary as the mother of Janine (played by Quinta Brunson) on the show's April 12 episode, Variety reported. The casting of Henson was revealed at the Paley Center for Media's annual PaleyFest LA event, where an Abbott Elementary panel featured stars Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lisa Ann Walter, Tyler James Williams and William Stanford Davis in person, as well as Janelle James and Chris Perfetti via Zoom from New York. Henson earned three Emmy nominations, a Golden Globe Award, a Critics Choice Award and three BET awards for playing Cookie Lyon on the Fox show Empire.

Sarah Silverman will return to HBO for her new stand-up comedy special debuting this May, per a press release. The comedy special, her second for HBO, will feature all-new material, taped in front of a live audience at Boston's Wilbur Theater. Silverman's first HBO special, Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, earned her an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special.

Donald Glover had success working with Malia Obama as a writer on the new Prime Video series Swarm, and the pair are about to work together once again, per HipHopDX, citing GQ. Talking with the men's style mag, Glover revealed that his media company, Gilga, will be releasing a short film from the former president's daughter.

Conservative musician Kid Rock bought and shot a supply of Bud Light beer cans because the company sponsored trans TikTok star Dylan Mulvaney, according to PinkNews. Mulvaney told her 1.7 million Instagram followers she had received a personalized Bud Light beer can in celebration of her year-long anniversary of the "Days of Womanhood" TikTok series.

Tony Dungy, an NFL analyst for NBC, keeps making anti-LGBTQ+ statements. According to Outsports, a Chicago resident tweeted, "A response to the defending of trans people while they are ruthlessly targeted should include more than 'Jesus saves. Much love to you, but I think this was a missed chance to show the Christian message is actually relevant today." In response to that, Dungy simply replied, "'Jesus saves' is the best answer for them." In the past, the former NFL coach has said he wouldn't want out gay player Michael Sam on his team, and that he didn't agree with openly gay athlete Jason Collins' life.


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