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Thank You, Vivian

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 07.24.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

So any regular reader of the Diary knows Vivian and I have a complicated relationship. She brings so much happiness to Jeff, and I love Jeff with all my heart, so by default I love Vivian. However Vivian the character is a completely different story.

Candis Cayne Defends Drag Race: 'I Don't Think the Word "Tranny" Is Wrong'

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 06.10.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

Throughout her career, Candis Cayne has admittedly embraced her role as an unofficial spokeswoman for all things trans. When it comes to the community's recent outcry against terminology deemed "transphobic" on RuPaul's Drag Race, though, Cayne takes an opposing stance.

Ruined Paradise: The Destruction of Roseland and Other Legendary Places

Corvette Hunt | Posted 06.07.2014 | New York
Corvette Hunt

Roseland Ballroom is special to me. On November 5, 2000, something happened in that theatre that changed my life for good. Back then, I was a wild and flaming creature, tipping through the streets in six-inch stilettos, spandex, fishnets, lipstick and a few sets of false eyelashes.

Kryean Kally: Drag Bills and Thrills

Matthew Terrell | Posted 05.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Matthew Terrell

Although Kryean knows drag is an artistic money pit, it allows her to fulfill many childhood dreams. As a cloested gay kid in Calhoun, Georgia, Matthew wanted to design clothes, act, sing, dance, perform, etc. These fabulous dreams were too big for the Georgia sticks...

Laganja Estranja: Sending Vivacious Home was Drag Race Reality Check

Pollo Del Mar | Posted 05.13.2014 | San Francisco
Pollo Del Mar

It's not easy being a drag queen who wears her heart on her sequined sleeve, admitted Laganja Estranja. Watching the third episode of this year's RuPaul's Drag Race, the Los Angeles-based performer recalls the wrenching moment reality set in.

Top 10 Reason I Love the Man Behind Vivian

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 05.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

As much as Vivian inspires the diary and the pieces I write, Jeff, the man behind Vivian, inspires me even more.

10 Tips for New Queens

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 03.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Drag is addictive, as much as you think it won't, it will get in your blood and you will be addicted to it. You will begin to think about it more times than not and want to know what Queens are performing and where.

IT'S OVER!

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices

Sharon Needles and Alaska Thunderfuck, the royal drag queen couple of "RuPaul's Drag Race" fame, announced their breakup yesterday after a very public...

WATCH: The New Sharon Needles Music Video Is Here

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 11.26.2013 | Gay Voices

Queen of the Night and "RuPaul's Drag Race" champion Sharon Needles dropped her new music video this week -- and we are gagging over it! Sharon is ...

The Dragopus

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

When you are married to a drag queen, her art touches every part of your life. I constantly try to pull away from drag, because I need a balance. However, drag is like an eight-armed octopus, a dragopus, that can reach into every part of your life and pull you back toward it.

James Nichols

Scarlet Envy, Host Of 'Scarlet Fever' At This N' That

HuffingtonPost.com | James Nichols | Posted 03.25.2014 | Gay Voices

This is the first installment in an ongoing series that explores drag culture and the nightlife scene in Brooklyn, N.Y. Over the past several years, f...

Drag Obstacle Course

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 01.23.2014 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Vivian occupies an interesting position in the world of drag. She does not compete, does not have a drag family, is older than most of the other newer queens, and is a big girl. Each factor has its own challenge, but add them all together and you have one large obstacle course.

Christopher Rudolph

Drew Droege Opens Up About His Love For 'Chloe' And Crazy Women

HuffingtonPost.com | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 09.28.2013 | Gay Voices

Drew Droege rose to Internet celebrity status as the star of the hit series of videos featuring him impersonating actress Chloe Sevigny. But after...

Drag and Music

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 10.29.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

For me it is funny how some thing that can bring me so much frustration from time to time, Drag, can be tied to some thing I love deeply, music. I guess it's that love of music that allows me navigate the turbulent waters of Drag.

WATCH: The Powerful Reason Why This Drag Queen Literally Sews Mouth Shut (GRAPHIC CONTENT)

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 08.02.2013 | Gay Voices

In a shocking new video, Berlin-based drag queen and DJ Barbie Breakout has engaged in a bloody form of protest against Russia by literally sewing his...

A Mayor Who Gets Beauty Tips From A Drag Queen?

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 07.25.2013 | Gay Voices

Just another reason to love Charm City, a.k.a. Baltimore, Md.! Not only is Baltimore the hometown of legendary John Waters (and his former muse, D...

Reasons to Do Drag (PHOTOS)

Nish Gera | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Nish Gera

You do drag for the first time because you want to be called "fierce." You do drag because you really want to be on that boat invading the Pines. You do drag because your best friend told you that the only version you should attempt is the grotesque one, and he said that scoffingly.

Becoming Vivian

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 09.10.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

The more Vivian performed and become known throughout Columbus, the more Jeff became Vivian. Now, when I say, "Jeff became Vivian," I'm not referring to his actions or his personality but to how others, including me, see him.

Support: A Two-Way Street

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 08.24.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

Every now and again, when I'm at a show with Vivian, people come up to me and comment on how I'm always there for Vivian or how I'm always carrying her stuff. Some have even gone as far as saying I'm a saint. To be honest, I don't understand it. For me, supporting Vivian just makes sense.

Drag Is Everywhere

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 08.19.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

One side effect of being a drag queen's husband is that drag is everywhere. What I mean by this is that anything I hear or see suddenly becomes inspiration for a number for Vivian. Basically I have drag on the brain 24/7.

Get Up Close And Personal With 'Drag Race' Star Jinkx Monsoon In New Docu-Series

The Huffington Post | Christopher Rudolph | Posted 05.13.2013 | Gay Voices

It's Monday and there's no "RuPaul's Drag Race" tonight to give you motivation to get you through the workday. But fear not, drag lovers, you can ...

LOOK: Iranian Men Don Drag For Social Equality Campaign

Posted 04.24.2013 | Gay Voices

Photos from a stunning new Iranian campaign called "Kurdish Men for Equality" are making the blogosphere rounds. As Al-Jazeera reports, the Facebo...

Curtis M. Wong

Broadway's New Resident Drag Queen On Breaking Barriers

HuffingtonPost.com | Curtis M. Wong | Posted 03.06.2014 | Gay Voices

As the star of "Kinky Boots," Billy Porter sways, struts and sashays across a Broadway stage in sequin-studded gowns and 6-inch heels on a nightly bas...

10 Myths About Drag Queens

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 06.01.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

I've told you what I've learned from being married to drag queen, so I thought I would continue along those lines and debunk 10 myths. Some of these are myths I believed before Jeff created Vivian, and others are myths I learned existed only after getting involved in the drag community.

Right to Marry is a Drag

Tom Bartolomei | Posted 05.15.2013 | Gay Voices
Tom Bartolomei

I have been out for over 20 years and in that time I have "come out" several times. First it was to family and friends as gay, and then there was coming out at the Forbes Top 100 Company I work for and last as a Drag Queen's husband.