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South Beach Nightclub Does Mannequin Challenge

South Beach Nightclub Does Mannequin Challenge
South Beach Nightclub Does Mannequin Challenge

The Mannequin Challenge landed in one of Houston’s LGBTQ+ nightclubs over the weekend.

The viral Internet video trend where people remain frozen in action like mannequins invaded South Beach Nightclub on Thursday night just in time for the weekly event ‘So You Think You Can Drag.’

The video shoot by Houston personality Morena Roas features many LGBTQ+ personalities and the community like Kofi, handsome gay couples, hetro couples kissing, and South Beach employees, all in a state of frozen, on the dance floor of the mega club.

Funny remark at 0:26 time stamp as the videographer apparently says “Oh Shit.” Shorty after, ‘So You Think You Can Drag’ host Kofi breaks the silence and the crowd cheers.

It is believed that the phenomenon was started by students in Jacksonville, Florida on October 12, 2016 according to Wikipedia. The initial posting has inspired works by other groups, especially professional athletes and sports teams that have posted increasingly complex and elaborate videos.

Houston Magazine Taking Criticism Over Review Of LGBT Establishment

Houston Magazine Taking Criticism Over Review Of LGBT Establishment

Houstonia Magazine Taking Criticism Over Review Of LGBT Establishment!  Appears To Criticize LGBT Entertainers, More Than The Food! 

HOUSTON — (MARCH 15) — A local Houston magazine is taking on some criticism of their own from the LGBTQ+ community after one of the publication’s journalist’s may have taken her job from Food Critic to Food & Entertainment Critic. Using poor choices for words and humor have ignited a storm within the LGBT community.

In a food review showcasing Houston’s Hamburger Mary’s, Houstonia magazine’s food critic Allice Leveitt appears to take aim at all things not related to food. Instead, the article titled ‘No Tea, No Shade at Hamburger Mary’s’ appears to directly criticize drag and gay entertainers with food a after thought. Was it a ‘smear’ piece or accidental oversight of humor taken out of context?


“This is a tragedy on the level of when A&E switched from being a cable version of PBS and started showing fare more along the lines of Duck Dynasty and Storage Wars.”  – Allice Leveitt


In the March 12, 2017 article Levitt describes a Hispanic entertainer’s performance as  “dead-eyed as a migrant stripper.”  Rather than concentrate on ‘reviewing’ the food, the article is riddled with bullying-style verbiage that appears to be directed at the LGBT entertainers that performed. “These performances were neither artistic nor entertaining,” Levitt adds in addition to the comparison of Hamburger Mary’s to anti-LGBT ‘Duck Dynasty.’

Supporters in the LGBT community took to social media defending the Houston restaurant. “People who don’t understand drag shouldn’t write articles about a drag establishment,” one of the upset supporter writes. “Why are people so petty, bad enough we are losing montrose to everyone else. We should encourage each other rather than tear each other down,” another person wrote. Many posts were not suitable to re-publish.

Executive Editor for Houstonia magazine, Catherine Matusow sees it differently. “Our dining editor, a fan of both burgers and drag shows, didn’t have the Hamburger Mary’s experience she was hoping for,” Matusow explains in a statement released to About Magazine. “And perhaps her attempts at humor when describing that experience didn’t land with everyone quite the way she would have liked.”

“From its inception four years ago, Houstonia magazine has been a champion of LGBT rights,” Matusow says. “Not only is our founding editor a member of the LGBT community, our parent company was inspired to launch a wedding magazine serving that community, Love Wins Texas Weddings, last year.”
Make no mistake: We at Houstonia are rooting for the place, and we’ll be back for another visit,” the executive editor said.

Houston Gets ‘Shunned’ Again By RuPaul Drag Race

RuPaul's Drag Race - Season 8 Queens

Mama Ru is coming for you, unless you live in Houston! RuPaul’s Drag Race is returning with a court of queens so ingenious, a competition so unpredictable and a judges’ panel so packed with talent, you’ll be seeing stars…. sorta.. with the Houston smog.

Sadly you will not see a ‘Drag Star’ from Houston this season. Once again, the popular ‘Drag Race’ did not pick a contestant from the fourth largest city in America.

This will be the eighth season that Houston was passed over for the opportunity to parade our talent to the world.

Last year several LGBT+ venues spent large amounts of money to bring RuPaul Drag Race contenders to Houston, ‘parading’ these talented gals to our dedicated community.

Maybe Houston is a better city to showcase then produce? Highly doubtful, as Houston’s drag community has been considered one of the best in the nation! Maybe Houston will have better luck next year??!!

Regardless, the new season is filled with talent from around the country, including the spicy Kim Chi from Chicago, Naysha Lopez, and bizarre “fashion clown” Thorgy Thor from Brooklyn.

You’ll see the 12 new queens vying for the title of America’s best fake crier.

The premiere celebrates the 100th episode and 100th queen on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 9PM ET/PT. Off with their wigs! You can get to know the contestants better in this little meet-and-greet video.

Britain’s first Drag King bar opens

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Sue Northover and wife Frankie Du Mongh have unveiled the UK’s first karaoke bar aimed at male impersonators.

The pair say the the venue – Kings Bar, in Blackpool – has proven extremely popular since its opening.

Sue – who works as compere at the bar whilst dressed as her male alter-ego Rogue – said: “We’re having an absolute blast.”

And although the bar’s website highlights that the bar is “owned by women for women” including transgender customers, everybody is more than welcome.

“Absolutely everybody is welcome, and we do get all kinds in here, but we provide free moustaches for women that want to get in on the act,” she told the Daily Star.

The pair – who also offer a Drag King Workshop – said the the reason they opened the bar is because they want “drag kings to be as respected as drag queens.

“There shouldn’t be any difference between me performing a Queen classic and a drag queen singing a Whitney Houston song.”

Frankie also pointed out that drag is not always linked to homosexuality, stating: “People assume drag kings must be lesbians, but it’s not necessarily about sexuality, it’s about expressing yourself and embodying a different character.”

(PHOTOS: KINGS BAR/FACEBOOK)