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STRAIGHT WOMEN&DRAG by Maria Vargas

Playing Dress-Up

Twitter lit up with commentary, as fans  discussed the drama and happily critiqued the  performances. MamaPop.com, a pop culture  blog run by mothers, featured episode recaps  each week. 

From glitzy productions in Las Vegas to shows in  small town bars, drag attracts a diverse  following that frequently includes straight  women. Films like The Bird Cage, Kinky Boots, Breakfast on Pluto and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert attract 

female viewers who are drawn to men dressed  as women.

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Interaction can be exhilarating. At the University  Club in Gainesville, FL, club goers sit on the  floor and crowd together in a tight circle around  the performers. Itʼs not unusual for audience members to get heckled and pulled onto the  stage for group mocking.  Cheryl Nail, a mom who blogs and networks on  Twitter, says, “I like going to drag queen clubs  because it's a great place to have fun without  worries of being hit upon — that is, until straight  men begin to catch on and start prowling there,  too.” Many women love the spirit of make-believe.  Drag queens donʼt represent any of the boring parts of being a woman. Drag queens embody  the glamour, grace and confidence that girls  grow up wishing they had. Drag performers do  “woman” better than most women do.

So whatʼs the appeal? Drag performers seem to embrace entertainCatherine Culbertson, a local writer, has seen                                      ment with pure passion. Itʼs hard not to be several drag shows and even brought her  inspired by the talent and showmanship seen on                            boyfriend along for one. “It's  stage. For straight women, thereʼs also an                             an unprecedented level            element of fantasy. Women who may not see                                  interaction that makes        much glamour in their everyday lives can live                    them fun. It's like eating  vicariously through drag performers who dance                                    at Arigato and getting a   like goddesses in six-inch platform boots.     good chef who throws his       shrimp tails at you. When it comes to straight women at drag shows,  most are there out of pure admiration and love  for the spirit of drag and the talent of the  dancers and female impersonators. But hereʼs a word to the wise: Bachelorette parties may want  to pass on the drag show excursions — at least  in Florida. Thereʼs something tacky about an excited bride celebrating her upcoming  marriage with a community that doesnʼt have the right to get legally married. {

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When RuPaulʼs Drag Race debuted on the  LOGO network, it developed an unlikely  following. Straight women who regularly tuned  in to Americaʼs Next Top Model and  Project Runway were drawn to the familiar  format, edgy humor, and of course — the drag  queens.


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by James Styron

There are blonde jokes, gay jokes, even (gasp) dead baby jokes. But have you ever heard a straight joke? Me neither. Or, rather, I hadn’t until I found some bonus material of the animated Lego series Rick & Steve (a.k.a. The Happiest Gay Couple in All the World), courtesy of Logo.com. The first joke is straight from their little Lego heads; the rest are brought to you by your favorite OMG! characters. Enjoy!

What do you get when you cross a straight man and a straight woman? Three kids, a mistress, and two divorce lawyers. How is a straight man like a toddler? He needs a woman to take care of him, farts without warning, and is only happy with a bottle in his mouth. Where does a straight woman find sexual satisfaction? In the nightstand next to her bed. Which half of straight marriages end in divorce? The sober half.

How do you know all straight guys are gay? Their favorite things to do revolve around poles, balls, and other groups of men. What do you call a straight man with style, substance, and a personality? We’re not sure either, but let us know if you meet one. What’s the difference between the homes of lesbians and straight women? Lesbians actually like carpet; straight women wish they could have hardwood. Which straight men always have a six-pack? Alcoholics. What's more important to a married man than wearing his wedding ring? Remembering to put it back on before he gets home.


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The Annual Miss Gay Orlando Pageant is around the corner on Monday, October 19 at Iʼm so excited to be writing for OMG!, providing you with The Parliament House. Tickets are on sale now at the inside scoop and a bit of good gossip as to whatʼs www.Wanzie.com, where you can view the Footlight happening in The City Beautiful. Theatre seating chart, choose your guaranteed seat, and then purchase it. A one stop, online box office – donʼt Congratulations to ARMANI who recently won her first you just love the Internet? national title, Miss Continental USA! Yea! Previously, Armani placed twice as 1st runner-up, but the 11th year Lots of events are happening on October 9! Kicking off was the charm, and Orlando again has a reigning this yearʼs Pride Weekend at the Phouse is Supermodel national titleholder. Former national title winners of the World, RUPAUL!, on Saturday, October 10. On residing in Orlando are: Danielle Hunter, David Frecklez Sunday, October 11, Orlando Pride Weekend continues Hunter, Angelica Sanchez, Ray Mathews, Rafael, with its annual downtown PRIDE PARADE. This yearʼs Alphonse Dupree, and yours truly, Darcel Stevens (Miss theme: Super Heroes! Who shall I be? I have no idea. National at Large). Keep your fingers crossed, as CoCo Montrese, Monica Moore, and Shantel Rashae are heading to Miss Gay America in Little Rock, AK and with any luck, one of those sisters will bring home the national title. Good luck girls! Unpredictable and slightly crazy, the Grand Old Gal of The South, Carmella Marcella Garcia, along with the fabulously talented Tasha Long, returned to The Parliament House for one night only this past Sunday, October 4. Carmella brought down the house and took us on a wild ride; hope you were able to make it.

Finally, many of you are aware that Iʼm on a diet due to hereditary health problems; therefore, in each article Iʼll review a restaurant and give you my unique and candid opinion: Pom Pomʼs Teahouse & Sandwicheria Located at 67 Bumby Avenue, two blocks from Revolution Nightclub in Orlando

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I recently attended a fundraiser for the men of Mr. Gay Ambiance 3 FL USA over at Pulse Nightclub. Had a blast visiting with Service 4 the gang, so I want to personally congratulate Jay Wait Time 4 Taylor, Mr. Gay FL US of A; David Blanco, Mr. Gay 5 Orlando US of A; and Louis Velasquez, Mr. Gay FL US of A Food Taste Portions 5 First Alternate, for their amazing efforts in the annual Affordability 2 Mr. Gay US of A competition, which was held September 30 to October 2. All three represented the great state of Pom Pomʼs Teahouse is open late night on Thursday, Florida well. As of press time, the final results have yet Friday, and Saturday so stop by. to be released, so Iʼll keep you posted on the outcome.

I welcome your comments;  check me out on Facebook.com – Darcel Stevens. Bye Yawl!


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