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RuPaul ‘feels bad sometimes’ for her fellow Drag Race judges

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RuPaul has admitted that she “feels bad sometimes” for her fellow Drag Race judges because her “natural chemistry” with Michelle Visage is so strong.

The drag icon and Visage first met in 1988 and have remained close friends ever since.

Speaking to Little Mix star Jade Thirlwall in an interview with Cosmopolitan, RuPaul said Visage is “a good egg” and “super smart”.

“Over the years she popped up in different situations and I thought, ‘My goodness, this is someone who I really need to get to know.’ I like her a lot. She makes me laugh.”

RuPaul continued: “I feel bad sometimes on the [Drag Race] panel because we cut up like girlfriends and I don’t want the others to feel left out but we have a natural chemistry together.

“It’s funny, with Michelle, after seeing her so many different places, I realised, ‘Wait a minute, we were supposed to be together.’ It’s like the universe saying, ‘Hey, I’m trying to tell you something.’”

Elsewhere in the wide-ranging interview, RuPaul said she “loves” Drag Race because it allows men to “behave in ways that society would not let them”.

I feel bad sometimes on the [Drag Race] panel because we cut up like girlfriends and I don’t want the others to feel left out but we have a natural chemistry together.

“I feel so bad for men in our culture, because the rule book says that men after 13 are not supposed to show emotion. We live in a culture where men are really suffering.”

Michelle Visage has become an icon in her own right since joining RuPaul on Drag Race in 2011.

Visage has been a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race since the show’s third season, which aired in 2011. Her decision to join the show helped Drag Race to become the cultural behemoth it is today.

She went on to join RuPaul as a judge on Drag Race UK when its first season aired in 2019, and she has become an icon in her own right in the LGBT+ community.

In an interview with The Guardian in March, Visage opened up about her sexuality, revealing that while she has slept with both men and women, she doesn’t feel that she is bisexual.

“When I grew up, that wasn’t really a thing,” she said.

“It was just if I saw a pretty girl and I was attracted to her, why not?”

 

Drag Race queens hit the road for Halloween drive-in shows across US / GayCities Blog

Drag Race queens hit the road for Halloween drive-in shows

Two drag hosts from the Drive-In Drag show
This way for the drive-in… (Image: Voss Events)

Halloween – like everything else about 2020 – is likely to be very different this year. That said, it provides the perfect excuse to get creative with a facemask!

As bars and clubs remain closed across much of the U.S., and house parties are not advised, those wishing to mark Halloween may be interested in a spooky-themed drive-in drag show set to tour the U.S next month.

Voss Events organize events featuring many of the former RuPaul Drag Race queens. It’s already organized drive-in drag shows featuring Canada Drag Race queens in Canada.

A previous Drive In Drag show audience (Photo: Voss Events)
A previous Drive In Drag show audience (Photo: Voss Events)

For October, it’s running a U.S. Drive ‘N Drag: Halloween show featuring: Asia O’Hara; Aquaria, Yvie Oddly; Kameron Michaels; Kim Chi; Violet Chachki and Vanessa Vanjie.

It costs $69 per car per two people (with $25 for additional passengers). VIP tickets cost $139, and get your vehicle closest to the stage (which going by comments on online forums, is worth the extra expense). Tour dates are as follows:

October 9-11: Neshaminy Mall, Philadelphia.
October 13-14: Emerald Square, Boston.
October 16-18: Newpark Mall, San Francisco.
October 23-25: Park Meadows, Denver.
October 29-31: Westfield Sunrise Mall, New York City.

The queens will be appearing live on stage, with the action relayed on big Jumbotron screens. Each queen will be playing the part of a trapped soul, recounting how they came to die “from obscure causes … Each soul will share her chilling tale of death in an immersive stage performance that is sure to fright and delight.”

Food will be available from food trucks and there will even be Drag Brunch options for performances earlier in the day.

(Photo: Voss Events)

Related: Paige Turner on 2020 pride season: “It’s even more important to stand together”

Producer Brandon Voss said in a statement, “Our wildly popular drive-in productions are proving the drag show must go on even through a pandemic! The show has been adapted to be even more interactive than the original arena production, bringing performances and haunts into the parking lot for an immersive experience we are dubbing a Haunted Parking Lot for a good scare.”

(Photo: Voss Events)

Chi Chi DeVayne, star of ‘Drag Race,’ has died at the age of 34 / Dragaholic on Queerty

Chi Chi DeVayne, star of ‘Drag Race,’ has died at

Zavion Davenport, better known as drag superstar Chi Chi DeVayne, has reportedly died. She was only 34.

The RuPaul’s Drag Race season 8 and All Stars season 3 contestant became a favorite among fans and fellow queens alike with her magnetic personality and ability to destroy a performance.

DeVayne had been open about her health struggles, including her diagnosis with with scleroderma, a “rare, potentially life-threatening condition caused by the immune system attacking the tissue under the skin, and around internal organs and blood vessels, which can also cause scarring and thickening of tissue.”

In July, DeVayne was hospitalized due to suspected kidney failure. She told fans she began dialysis treatment before being discharged.

A crowdfunding campaign to support her had grown following her most recent hospitalization last week, reportedly to fight pneumonia.

In an Instagram story posted just days ago, DeVayne told her followers: “Hey guys, I’m back in. Keep me in your prayers, I’ll be back soon.”

Many fellow Drag Race contestants and queens who knew her have taken to social media to share their condolances:

Padma Lakshmi also knew how bright of a star was lost, and shared one of Chi Chi’s most memorable lip syncs:

We’ll leave you with this look back at some of Chi Chi’s Drag Race moments, which only scratch the surface of everything this entrancing performer had to offer: