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Making Herstory At Austin Pride With Jackie Huba

Making Herstory At Austin Pride With Jackie Huba- About Magazine

 

Jackie Huba Makes History As First Female Drag Queen To Perform At Austin Pride Celebration

So many of us are controlled by our bosses, lovers and friends who convince us we aren’t smart enough, pretty enough, or strong enough. Not anymore! In a new book titled, FIERCELY YOU: Be Fabulous and Confident by Thinking Like a Drag Queen, author and TEDx speaker Jackie Huba is handing out lessons and teaching how to apply ‘bold drag queen’ tactics into our everyday lives.  By putting honey where her mouth is, she will take the stage of Austin Pride on Saturday, August 27 to prove just how courageous she can be, performing as her drag persona, Lady Trinity.

About Magazine: You’re making history as the first female drag queen to ever perform on the main stage at the Austin PRIDE Festival!  Jackie Huba: I’m truly honored, to say the least. I don’t want to spoil the surprise, but it will be unlike any performance I’ve ever done. Given we are right in the middle of a political season, I decided to do a topical theme. So just imagine a pantsuit-wearing badass showing an orange-faced character who’s boss.

 

 

 

About Magazine: How did you find drag?Jackie Huba: Stumbling upon RuPaul’s Drag Race was what led me to my admiration of these fearless drag artists. I began going to the local drag shows in Austin and San Antonio and began meeting the local queens. Then drag event promoter Rey Lopez connected me with the top drag queen in Austin, Kelly Kline, who volunteered to be my drag mother. She spent countless hours teaching me everything a drag performer needs to know: theatrical makeup, wig styling, costuming and lip-sync.Making-Herstory-At-Austin-Pride-With-Jackie-Huba-576x1024 Making Herstory At Austin Pride With Jackie Huba

About Magazine: You’ve gotten incredible support from the drag community.  Jackie Huba: The drag community is extremely accepting of women who do drag. They’ve told me they love seeing anyone love the art form as much as they do.

About Magazine: What are the 5 Keys to Fierce that you write about in your book? Jackie Huba: They are the lessons I have learned. First, Create Your Drag Persona: consciously create the person you’ve always wanted to be. Then, Always Look Sickening in Everyday Drag: dress for power. After that, Strike a Pose and Embody Your Power: use power posing and physicality to instill inner confidence. Then Tell Your Critics to Sashay Away: quiet both inner and outer critics. And lastly, honey, You Better Werk! Take small risks to propel yourself to taking even bigger ones. 

About Magazine: These are lessons anyone can put to use in their everyday lives. Jackie Huba: Exactly! At work and in their personal lives. The Keys work because they are all rooted in psychological principles. For the book, I collaborated with a licensed therapist, Shelly Stewart Kronbergs, who breaks down the psychological research into layman’s terms.

About Magazine: Good luck at Austin Pride!  Jackie Huba: Thank you! Austin PRIDE is a terrific organization. I’m honored and humbled to have been selected to perform this year, alongside such amazing artists!


Jackie Huba aka Lady Trinity performs at the Austin PRIDE Festival on Saturday, August 27, with RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 8 Winner Bob the Drag Queen, Miss Texas All-American Goddess Kelly Kline, and the newly crowned Miss Austin Pride 2016 Vegas Van Cartier. 

Jackie Huba’s FIERCELY YOU: Be Fabulous and Confident by Thinking Like a Drag Queen releases August 15. For more info, visit http://enterthequeendom.com.

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“Hey Qween!” Returns With Brand New Episodes

“HEY QWEEN”, THE GAYEST TALK SHOW OF ALL TIME, GETS A MAKE-OVER FOR ITS FOURTH RAUCOUS SEASON

Hey Qween!, the world’s gayest talk show of all time, is getting a face-lift this winter.  When the show returns for its fourth season next month, it will debut a sexy new look and sound.  For three hilarious seasons, comedian Jonny McGovern and his co-host Lady Red Couture have welcomed many of the countries top LGBT and drag talent − including RuPaul, Laganga Estranja, and Candis Cayne − to their couch.  On February 15th, Hey Qween! launches its fourth raucous season on theStream.tv.

Hey Qween! is a place for gay stars and underground legends to come and tell their stories in a way they can’t on any other talk show,” explains host and executive producer, Jonny McGovern.  “We cut up, have a kiki and a gay ‘ol time.  Then, at the end of every show, the special guest gets a trophy and a lap dance from one of our in-house strippers!  It’s a half hour of pure merriment.”

“You don’t have to be gay to be on Hey Qween!,’ he adds.  “Just gay friendly and ready for fun.”

Lots of changes are in store for the upcoming season of Hey Qween! including a brand new set and the addition of a regular cast member.  Billboard charting vocalist Adam Joseph joins the gang as bandleader of “Adam Joseph and The Go To Bed Wigs”.

“For years our show has been called The Tonight Show if Johnny Carson was a big gay lumberjack and Ed McMahon was the largest drag queen in captivity,” continues McGovern.  “Now we got a glittery twink version of Doc Severinsen.”

Adam Joseph has a long association with Jonny McGovern.  He is the voice of the Hey Qween! theme song and the music producer behind all of McGovern’s albums.  The addition of a bandleader will mean more music parodies and comedy to the show.  Also new will be a series of “Drag Besties” episodes, kicking off with Detox and Vicky Vox of the Drag supergroup DWV.

Fan-favorite segments returning this season are “Betta As a Bitch Track”, where the show trolls the trolls, turning real life negative comments from the Internet into over-the-top “bitch tracks” and the “Look At Huh!” game, where guests share their personal stories of celebrities.

Jonny “The Gay Pimp” McGovern’s career began in 2003 with Dirty Gay Hits, a collection of hilarious gay themed songs.  The video release of “Soccer Practice” from the album received over three million downloads and was added to rotation on MTV Europe and MTV Asia, making Jonny an international phenomenon. Soon, he was appearing all over the airwaves, on The Ricky Lake Show, VH1’s Best Week Ever, Comedy Central’s Out on the Edge, and more. Jonny eventually caught the eye of Rosie O’Donnell, who cast him as a lead player on her LOGO-TV comedy show, The Big Gay Sketch Show.

“Working with Jonny is one of the joys of my life,” says Lady Red Couture from the Hey Qween! set in Hollywood.  “He’s so sweet.  I’ll never forget when RuPaul came to visit and we were filming the opening banter and I messed up. So Jonny says, ‘Don’t be nervous because RuPaul is here.’ Then RuPaul says, ‘DO be nervous because RuPaul is here!’ Oh, I wet myself laughing!”

“We’ve become the best of friends making Hey Qween!“ reflects Jonny McGovern of his relationship with Lady Red Couture. “She’s such a quick wit and naturally funny.  People think that because I’m executive producer of the show, I also direct her.  You don’t ever make Lady Red do anything. If she’s eating on the show, its cause the bitch wants a snack!  I just let Lady Red be herself and that’s more than enough.”

Hey Qween! has been so successful for theStream.tv, the online network launched the show as its own YouTube channel and has plans to launch a stand-alone website.

The show has also spawned several spin-offs, including the Look At Huh! aftershow that began airing last spring.  In March, theStream.tv will begin airing the second seasons of:  Judge Lady Red, a court show with Lady Red presiding over the disputes of young queens and deciding whether it’s ‘Shade’ or ‘No Shade’; He’s Fit, a parody of fitness shows starring lap dancer Greg McKeon as he competes in flex battles against Instagram hotties; and Hot T, a bi-monthly gossip show with Julie Goldman and Brandy Howard (from Bravo’s The People’s Couch) breaking down the hot topics of the week.   A new advice show, Hey Qween Can I Axe You A Question?, will premiere later this season.

“We’re thrilled to bring back Hey Qween! for a fourth season,” says theStream.tv’s Susan Wrenn. “Jonny and Lady Red are both so talented and passionate about what they do. Their creativity inspires everyone here at theStream.tv.”

Look for Jonny McGovern and Lady Red Couture this summer when they host Pride Festivals and bring their Hey Qween! nightclub show to cities across the country.

The fourth season of Hey Qween! begins airing February 15th on theStream.tv.

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Feature: Chloe Knox Has Her Eye On The Big Stage!

Chloe Knox About Magazine

3:30 am on a Friday morning and Chloe and I are standing on the corner of Montrose and Westheimer. It’s cold, windy and the smell of the new Burger Joint is making my stomach growl.cover020516-copy-669x1024 Feature: Chloe Knox Has Her Eye On The Big Stage!

Between car horns blaring and people walking up to get a photo of Chloe, About Magazine’s photoshoot could have been confused as a game of hop scotch with drivers leaving the clubs.

Chloe is 6’5”  and his presence demands your attention. At only 21 years old, the conversation is more like a seasoned performer, with insight, and knowledge of his craft. Not only is he a master of his talent but he loves what he does, and his generation of followers cannot get enough of him.

Chloe’s first drag show was three years ago at Meteor nightclub for their weekly “So You Think You Can Drag” contest. He was instantly in love. Since that first drag show a lot has happened for Chloe. “Now I’m Miss Meteor” he said with a smile, as our photographer directed him to a Metro bus stop for a better pose.

“In my spare time, I’m a freelance sketch & makeup artist.” The Houston community voted him the 2015 FACE Awards Break Out Drag Performer of the Year.

“My parents are so supporting”

“My parents are so supporting” Chloe says. Originally from Toronto, Canada and now in Houston, Chloe graduated from James E. Taylor High School in Katy, Texas but if his ambitions come true, Chloe has no plans of staying there.

This big talent has eyes on the big stage. The stage of Drag Race. “Or pursue an acting career or both, I want it all.” Chloe says.

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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.

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