Aja, who’s set to compete for the Drag Race crown once again on the upcoming All Stars 3 season on VH1, didn’t tweet about the incident but retweeted her boyfriend’s tweet.
The couple were forced to walk home to their apartment in Queens and, shortly after making the tweet, Lyft responded and told them to report the incident to Lyft’s Critical Response Line.
A Lyft spokesperson said: “We have zero tolerance for any type of discrimination on our platform, and are committed to maintaining an inclusive and welcoming community.”
“What is being described here is against our terms of service and our values as a company. As soon as this incident was brought to our attention, we reached out to the passengers to offer our support.”
They added: “The driver has been deactivated from the Lyft platform.”
A drag queen claims she was turned away from a Mariah Carey Christmas concert because of her outfit.
London performer Coral Deville says she was refused entry by door staff at London’s O2 Arena on Monday night (December 11) because she was dressed in drag, despite having tickets for the sold-out show.
Taking to Twitter, Deville wrote: “OMG OMG OMG turned away from 02 arena for being in drag. WHAT?????? I have valid tickets!!!!!! SOMEONE HELP!!!!!”
OMG OMG OMG turned away from 02 arena for being in drag. WHAT?????? I have valid tickets!!!!!! SOMEONE HELP!!!!!
The drag queen, who had tweeted her excitement about seeing her idol Carey three days before the eagerly-anticipated show, added that the incident had left her “upset and embarrassed” and that she was seeking legal advice.
“Yes, entirely my fault for turning up as the ‘other’ me. I get that. Still, I’m upset and embarrassed,” she wrote.
“Thank you for the messages of support. Its with the police now and (genuinely) I’m seeking legal advice. Watch this space.”
She added: “It’s now a police matter.”
Thanks for all your tweets and help. It’s now a police matter.
Yes, entirely my fault for turning up as the ‘other’ me. I get that. Still, I’m upset and embarrassed.
Thank you for the messages of support. Its with the police now and (genuinely) I’m seeking legal advice. Watch this space.
Parisian gay club Le Dépôt has hit back at RuPaul’s Drag Race star Violet Chachki after the drag star claimed she was thrown out of the club over the weekend for being “too feminine.”
The US drag queen, real name Jason Dardo, was in the French capital for Fashion Week when she attended a party at Le Dépôt, which operates as both a nightclub and a sex club.
Chachki claimed that after to go downstairs to the “sexy part” of the club while wearing make-uo, four men dragged him out of the club.
The Drag Race season 7 winner later took to Twitter to vent her frustration over the incident, saying: “F*ck the French.”
However, Le Dépôt has since hit back at the star in a lengthy statement on Facebook accusing Chachki of “inappropriate behaviour”.
The post reads: “Violet Chachki was returned to the door of the establishment following unacceptable and inappropriate behaviour and several reports of clients.
Violet Chachki has posted videos of the Cruising Sex space of the establishment on her Instagram account, among others, even though this is expressly forbidden in the settlement of the establishment and that it had been reminded to him several times.
“The management of the establishment did not react at the moment because it wished to cross-check the information and to watch the videos resulting from the telemonitoring.”
They continues: “At no time has there been any judgement on the gender, physical, skin colour, sex or appearance of Violet Chacki who was received within the institution without any discrimination as the whole the clientele came for a festive event as part of the Fashion Week in Paris.”
Bosses deny Chachki was thrown out of the club because “she was not male enough”, but because her behaviour was “not in conformity with the rules of the establishment and the respect of the privacy of other customers in the Cruising space.
“Violet also showed an intolerable aggressiveness towards the security personnel who remained courteous despite the insults that you can see on his video or made against the French on his Twitter account.”
“The institution relays all campaigns against LGBTQI discrimination and has never been the subject of such a defamatory campaign and will initiate legal proceedings if necessary.”
Chachki is yet to respond to Le Dépôt’s statement.
A New York drag queen auditioning for The Voice US shocked judges after unleashing his powerful voice.
Chris Weaver, who often performs as Nedra Belle, stepped on the stage to sing a soulful rendition of ‘Try A Little Tenderness’ – and it slayed.
As Weaver performed the song, judge Adam Levine turned around first, followed by Jennifer Hudson, Miley Cyrus and Blake Shelton.
During the performance, all four judges were up out of their seats and Miley and Jennifer couldn’t stop dancing.
When Chris’s performance was over, the judges revealed their thoughts on it, and Jennifer took Miley Cyrus’ shoe and threw it at him before explaining it’s her way of complimenting him.
Hudson stated Chris’s performance “sang me right up out this chair.”
Chris then revealed that he had already met and sung for Hudson before, and told her: “I grew up singing in a church but I think I’m ready to expand and do something different. I’m a worship leader, but I’m also a drag queen.”
The revelation sent the four judges into a frenzy, with Jennifer stating that the pair have two things in common. The singer stated she too was a gospel singer, and she would often watch drag queens perform.
Weaver then chose Jennifer Hudson as his coach, much to the dismay of the other three judges.
You can watch Chris’s powerful performance below:
The Voice 2017 Blind Audition - Chris Weaver: "Try a Little Tenderness" - YouTube
She’s the fierce, LGBT-loving phenomenon who in various lives has been a singer, co-hosted The Ru Paul Show, written a book and appeared on Celebrity Big Brother. But of course you’re already acquainted with her as the no-nonsense Judge/Queen of the World on Ru Paul’s Drag Race.
As this lady’s t-shirt puts it itself:
Today (September 20) marks Michelle’s birthday. Exactly which birthday is a fact buried somewhere alongside the Ark of the Covenant and the lost Crown Jewels of King John, but we’re here to celebrate nonetheless.
So without further ado, here are 9 of Michelle’s most fabulous moments on RPDR – and that’s without even including this…
RuPaul Throwing Shade at Michelle Visage (Compilation) - YouTube
Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best GIF… win!
9) The Library is OPEN (and reading is what…?)
Michelle’s use of the English language is to create, innovate and inspire Queens (but usually to take them down a notch when they need it). When she’s not writing her best-selling Book The Diva Rules: Ditch the Drama, Find Your Strength, and Sparkle Your Way to the Top (available on Amazon, as Ru would shamelessly let us know) she’s using her platform to encourage the Oxford dictionary to add words such as ‘redonkulous’ into its vocabulary.
8) ‘Shabby Chic’, Sashay Away
With a keen eye, Michelle can spot the difference between ‘vintage’ and ‘garbage’ (pronounced ‘gar-barge’) quicker than you and I can get off the sofa when we hear the domino’s delivery guy ring the doorbell. She’s wise enough to know that Etsy isn’t always besty, that sometimes a lick of paint won’t do the job and honey, its fabric. Come on.
7) The Shade of it all
Michelle’s independent. She knows what she wants from her body and yours, but that doesn’t mean she will let you judge her the same way. As every diva is, she’s a double-edged word, and preaches a message of acceptance; people are who they, don’t try and change them. Unless you’re Michelle Visage.
6) Pre-order my cookbook, because you just got served
What’s that, Michelle cooks? No, we’re not telling you the title of her latest literary endeavour, and we’re not talking about Michelle’s Comedy Roast. One of the MANY pieces of life advice benefited from above to us by Michelle during her time on Drag Race includes the perfect response for when the waiter asks you how you’d like your steak: Meaty with a little blood, please (just like our rugby players).
5) Living a multicoloured life, just like us all
Like all of us, Michelle has a past. And like most of us, there are parts in those former chapters of our lives that we’d rather forget. However, Michelle’s ability to embrace them is what separates her from us mortals. She’s proud to recall her days of dancing on bars and dark deeds. Embrace yourselves, and own it. Don’t be afraid to carry on living in fear of making a fool of yourself. Besides, you can always say you’ve done (or had) worse in your life.
This is NOT Ru Paul’s Best Friend Race. If Michelle has something to say, she’s going to tell you, and this is a trait we all (to a degree) should adopt. If you want a piece of life advice from this article, look no further. You have found it.
3) Ooh Gurl!
Now, this is where us and Michelle differ. We get it, the maturity and completion of character that enables you to admire another person for who they are, parts and all. We just don’t think we’re quite there yet. Sorry, Michelle. Teach us your secrets.
2) You’re safe
Michelle’s not always a drag to the queens! She knows what works well and when they do too, she lets them know it. A compliment sandwich (start with a good moment, followed up with criticism and finished with another compliment) is a trademark of Michelle’s, letting to let the contestants know they’re doing a good job but also to help them improve their game.
After all, whats a race worth if you don’t win it?
1) If you don’t love yourself, how in the hell are you gonna love somebody else?
But, let’s not view Michelle as a tyrant. Decisive, freedom fighter, the Devil on Ru’s shoulder? Yes. She’s a people person, in the sense that she understands people when they don’t understand themselves. She’s there to nourish, to protect the girls and to help them grow, to blossom into fully fledged birds so that once they leave Mama Ru’s nest, any criticism will just be water off a duck’s back.
So happy birthday Michelle! Today we celebrate the Second Mother’s arrival. May she guide us all to a higher destiny and (gently) force us to become the person she wants us to be, the person deep down we know we all can be.
A group of homophobic thugs got more than they bargained for after three Australian drag queens rushed in to defend the gay man they were cowardly attacking.
Ivan Flinn, who is originally from New Zealand, had entered a takeaway shop after a night out in the Sydney gay district of Darlinghurst when he claims he was targeted by a group of people who began hurling homophobic abuse at him.
“There were heaps of homophobic slurs, ‘you f**king f*ggot, you queer c**t,” all the slurs you can possibly imagine,” he told news.com.au.
After challenging the group over the abuse, Mr Flinn alleges one of the man ripped his shirt and punched him, dislocating his jaw.
However, the violent group of thugs weren’t expecting what happened next.
The trio stepped in after witnessing Ivan Flinn, 34, being attacked in a Sydney gay district.
“I am a bit religious and I really thought I was going to die, I was praying for a hero and I got three angels,” Ivan explained.
Those three angels came in the form of local drag queen Coco Jumbo, Ivy League and Vybe, who had finished a night of performances and were also enjoying a late night kebab in the same takeaway shop.
After witnessing the attack on Ivan, the trio – who were still dressed to the nines in heels, make-up and wigs – rushed to his defence.
It didn’t end well for the homophones.
“I said, ‘you want to pick on little guys, you’ll need to fight the big freak. I’m a man underneath all of this, so let’s go,” Ivy – real name Luke Karakia – explained.
Coco – real name Luke Waqa – added: “A guy pushed Ivy so I picked him up and threw him into the gutter.
“I don’t think they knew what they were getting themselves into. I used to play rugby league. Plus I have an older brother.
(L-R): Vybe, Coco Jumbo and Ivy League.
“He tried to run away and I chased him into the oncoming traffic. I’m surprised my wig didn’t come off.”
Ivy, who says she sustained injuries to her leg and also had her wig destroyed during the scuffle, added: “These big burly guys couldn’t even throw a punch, all they could do was pull hair and run.”
Coco, Ivy and Vybe’s bravery wasn’t lost on Ivan, who has since set up a Go Fund Me page to raise money to help replace the trio’s damaged outfits.
“I really thought I was going to die that night if he had kept punching me,” he said.
“Everyone was silent but they reacted so quickly. The drag queens fought my fight for me, they are my heroes.”
Ivan, the queens and the alleged attackers all spoke to police at the scene.
A New South Wales (NSW) police spokesperson said in a statement: “Police are continuing to investigate the incident, including a possible motivation of homophobic bias.
The incident allegedly took place in the Sydney gay district of Darlinghurst
“NSW Police treats all matters of violence extremely seriously, including bias crimes motivated by sexuality or gender.”
As fort the alleged attackers, one can only hope they think twice before launching a similar cowardly assault in the future.
“I don’t have a problem defending myself,” Ivy said.
“Growing up gay, I’ve been picked on and bullied and there comes a time when you fight back and you don’t care if you’ll get hurt or what happens to your wig.
“I may be gay but I’m a man and if you’ll hit me I’ll hit you back.”