“I’m not about to let a man take credit for a woman’s work.”
Ruby Rose serves feminist caped crusader in the first official trailer for Batwoman.
The highly-anticipated series from The CW comes after Rose’s debut in DC’s annual crossover event, which brought together characters from shows such as Arrow, The Flash and Supergirl.
It marked the first time the fictional superhero had appeared in live-action form on any screen.
Rose clearly made an impact with viewers, as The CW gave a pilot order in January, with Emmy-winning director David Nutter (Game Of Thrones) on board alongside writer Caroline Dries (The Vampire Diaries) and executive producer Greg Berlanti (Love, Simon).
A short, 30-second teaser was revealed earlier this month, but now we have a full three-minute preview of the series and it shows Rose in action as the “female Bruce Wayne” – watch below.
Batwoman | First Look Trailer | The CW - YouTube
Staying true to her depiction in the comics, Batwoman’s primary identity will be a lesbian called Kate Kane, meaning that the series will be the first live-action superhero series with an openly gay lead character – who’s also played by a gay actress.
The show’s synopsis describes “out lesbian” Kate as having “a passion for social justice and a flair for speaking her mind”, while her alter-ego Batwoman is a “highly trained street fighter primed to snuff out the failing city’s criminal resurgence”.
But before she can become the hero that Gotham City needs, Kate has her own “demons” to overcome.
After she was cast as the DC Comics superhero in August last year, the former Orange Is The New Black star faced backlash – with some falsely claiming she isn’t a lesbian – and eventually deleted her Twitter account because of it.
“Where on earth ‘Ruby is not a lesbian therefore she can’t be Batwoman’ come from – has to be the funniest most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read,” she wrote before leaving Twitter.
“I came out at 12? And have for the past 5 years had to deal with ‘she’s too gay’ how do y’all flip it like that? I didn’t change.”
23-year-old transgender woman Muhlaysia Booker was found dead on Saturday (18 May).
Dallas police officials responded to a call in regards to a shooting shortly before 7am, and later found Booker “lying facedown in the street, deceased from homicidal violence”.
Booker’s murder comes just a month after she was brutally attacked by a mob of homophobic men, who repeatedly punched and kicked her in the street because of a minor traffic accident.
The assault was captured and uploaded to Facebook, which led to a 29-year-old man called Edward Thomas being charged with aggravated assault.
Thomas was later released from prison and authorities are unaware of his current whereabouts, but there is zero evidence linking him from last month’s attack to her murder.
Assistant Chief of Police, Avery Moore, told The Dallas Morning News that they didn’t enough information to claim Booker’s murder was motivated by “hate” or “retaliation”.
“We recognize that hate crimes, if you will, are a serious topic,” he said. “We at the Dallas Police Department take them serious.”
Shortly after learning of Booker’s death, Dallas mayor Mike Rawlings tweeted: “I am deeply saddened to learn of the murder of Muhlaysia Booker. I call on anyone with information on this homicide to please contact the Dallas Police Department.”
After Booker’s attack in April, she attended a news conference and told fellow attendees, most of which were members and supporters of the queer community: “This has been a rough week for myself, the transgender community and also the city of Dallas.
“This time, I can stand before you. Whereas in other scenarios, we are at a memorial.”
Transgender women in the United States face extraordinarily high levels of violence. Last year, 26 trans individuals were killed in the country – a majority of which were black and Latina – and 25 of those were women.
Booker is the fourth transgender casualty this year in the United States, after Dana Martin, Ashanti Carmon and Claire Legato – it’s likely that there are many more undocumented murders of trans individuals elsewhere in the world.
She also addresses rumours that Lady Gaga will be involved.
Rihanna has finally opened up about her highly-anticipated ninth studio album.
In an interview with The New York Times, the Disturbia star confirmed that the long-awaited album will be a full-fledged reggae record, and debunked rumours that she’s working with Lady Gaga (wah) and Drake.
However, she did confirm that if an opportunity to collaborate with Gaga came along, she’s “not against it”.
The interviewer then pushed for further information about the album and asked if she had yet settled on a title and a release date, and her answer for both was “I don’t know”.
She did admit: “So far it’s just been R9, thanks to the Navy. I’m about to call it that probably, ’cause they have haunted me with this “R9, R9, when is R9 coming out?”
“How will I accept another name after that’s been burned into my skull?”
Rihanna hasn’t released a full-length studio album since her Billboard 200 number one, Anti, which spawned the worldwide number one, Work, as well as Kiss It Better and Needed Me.
Since then, the performer has featured on singles such as Lemon (with NERD), Selfish (with Future), Loyalty (with Kendrick Lamar) and Wild Thoughts (with DJ Khaled and Bryson Tiller).
The latter became the star’s record-breaking ninth number one single in the UK. She now only trails Madonna for the most number one singles by a female artist in the country.
Rihanna has also launched her critically-acclaimed cosmetics company, Fenty Beauty, and a lingerie brand titled Savage X Fenty.
“I was like, ‘Really bitch? This is what we’re going to go to?'”
Dax Exclamation Point has become the latest Drag Race queen to to spill some T about the Emmy Award winning series on Johnny McGovern’s drag-centric YouTube series, Hey Qween.
The American performer memorably sashayed into the Drag Race werkoom back in 2016 for the show’s eighth season, and later became part of a double elimination alongside fellow contestant Laila McQueen after failing to impress to Gloria Gaynor’s empowerment anthem I Will Survive.
When asked about that iconic moment, Dax admitted that the double sashay “hurt” her feelings, as well as the comments from the judges about her runway outfit that week.
“It was hard, because they don’t tell you how slippery the runway is, first of all, it’s fucking slippery,” she told Johnny. “So that was difficult. It had been a long filming time anyway because we had the dance challenge.
“Then then having to go out and serve a runway look, and then being body-ody-ody shamed on national television. Body-ody-ody shamed. I was like, ‘Really bitch? This is what we’re going to go to?”
Dax continued further by saying she wasn’t given enough time by production to serve a fully-realised look, and hit out at the show’s lack of clocks in the werkroom. She was also unhappy that Laila was given a second chance when she was up for elimination, as well as the first queen to sashay away, Naysha Lopez.
She added: “Then when it happened, and they’re asking me, ‘Well, how do you feel about it?’ It’s like, ‘Well, I’m obviously heartbroken.’ I mean, how do I explain it in words that are also relatable besides rage? It was a really rough moment.
“It honestly just felt rude. It just felt rude and it hurt my feelings and I just didn’t know what to do. I was like, ‘You know what? I’m not gonna argue with this, I’m not gonna fight this, this is not my gig.’
“This is not a circus, I’m not a monkey. There was nothing I could do about it. It was a really hurtful moment.”
Also in the episode, Dax explains why she left the season eight group chat, and is joined by comic book veteran Sina Grace who reveals the inspiration behind his Marvel drag queen superhero, Shade.
DAX EXCLAMATION POINT on Hey Qween! with Jonny McGovern - YouTube
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Madonna has added extra dates to her Madame X Tour.
The Queen of Pop may have divided opinion with her Eurovision Song Contest performance (for the record, we loved it) but that’s not going to slow her down as, due to phenomenal demand, six additional London shows have been announced.
Never one to follow tradition, Madonna is swapping stadiums and arenas (which she’s proven she can sell out with ease) for several dates at intimate theatre venues, providing a rare once-in-a-lifetime experience for fans.
After performing at venues across the United States in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Las Vegas, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami in 2019, the singer’s Madame X Tour will head to Lisbon, Paris and London in 2020.
Adding to the six previously announced dates, Madonna will now be performing across 12 nights at the iconic London Palladium venue – 26, 27, 29, 30 January and 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11 February.
Madonna - A Madame X Tour Announcement - YouTube
The Madame X Tour is using a Verified Fan system for tickets, with fans having to register their interest for the shows before 16 May. There are three tiers of sale in place; ICON Lifetime Legacy members presale, Citi presale, and general Verified Fan sale.
Lifetime Legacy members of Madonna’s fan club ICON will have priority access to tickets, with their presale beginning on Monday 20 May at 9am BST and running through to Tuesday 21 May at 4pm BST.
Citi credit and debit cardholders will have their own presale from Tuesday 21 May at 9am BST running through to Thursday 23 May at 4pm BST.
Finally, general Verified Fan sale will be available from Friday 24 May at 9am BST.
Ticket prices start at £61.50, with additional tickets available at £126.60, £226.50, £351.50, £426.50, and £481.50.
There will also be an opportunity to enter to purchase tickets for £10 each at Madonna.com, with 10 tickets available for each show – lucky fans will be notified on show date if they’ve been selected.
“It’s a real girl power, badass kind of superhero type of movie.”
Idina Menzel has teased the upcoming, highly-anticipated sequel to Frozen.
The Tony Award winning actress – who plays Queen Elsa in the acclaimed Disney film – told The Hollywood Reporter that the follow-up will be a “real girl power, badass superhero movie”.
She added: “They’re really strong, the two sisters, and it’s exciting. The music is beautiful.”
Menzel also compared Elsa to her previous role Elphaba from Wicked: “Elsa, Elphaba, they’re young women that are afraid of their incredible power and then learn a way to harness that.”
Frozen 2 is due for release 22 November 2019.
It will see the return of Kristen Bell (Anna), Adele Dazeem/Idina Menzel (Elsa), Jonathan Groff (Kristoff) and Josh Gad (Olaf), with the addition of Evan Rachel Wood and Sterling Brown in undisclosed roles.
Frozen received widespread praise from critics when it was released back in 2013, and grossed nearly 1.3 billion worldwide, becoming the highest grossing animated film of all time.
It also won two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song.
Watch the first teaser trailer for Frozen 2 below.
Vardaan Arora’s new single thirty under thirty is one of the most relatable songs of the year.
On the midtempo synthpop number, the LGBTQ singer-songwriter compares his success to others and echoes all our thoughts as his laments: “Am I hardly working, or working too hard? Messes me up so I’m off to the bar.
“So I’m out here drinking and overthinking, ‘Am I doing too much? Am I doing enough?'”
He said of the track: “We all go through it, especially in the age of social media. We rarely admit it, but I think it’s normal to compare your path to others – even if you’re happy for them on the surface.
“I want people to know that it’s okay to feel multiple emotions at the same time. You can spread positivity and love, but still feel insecure at the same time. There’s no right or wrong way to react, you know?”
Listen to thirty under thirty below.
When we spoke to Vardaan last year, we discussed his musical influences and what it was like to grow up gay in India.
“Growing up, I didn’t really have a lot of LGBTQ pop stars to look up to,” he told us. “In the 90s, I couldn’t think of anyone who was out-and-proud, and making pop music, which is why I think the resurgence of gay pop stars is so important.
“We have the MNEK’s of the world, the Sam Smith’s, the Troye Sivan’s. I feel like there’s so many out-and-proud artists and I’m one of them. I didn’t have that growing up, and I do think that’s why a lot of gay people my age relate to a lot of female pop stars.
“I can name so many out-and-proud gay pop stars who are killing right now. I do think though that we do need more LGBTQ artists of colour. I think there is a lack who are representing the LGBTQ community, especially in pop music. But I do think it’s changing, and I wanna fight to change that as much as I can.”
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Since Scarlet’s elimination, Drag Race fans have campaigned for the star to appear on the next instalment of All Stars – and honey, she is down for it.
“Of course! Absolutely,” she told us. “I will bring more makeup this time.”
When we asked if she’d do anything differently, she explained: “No. I definitely got in my head as I think we all do at times, but it is very hard to balance having a good time with taking the competition very seriously.
“I think I used confidence as a defence mechanism at times and maybe I could have shown more vulnerability, but we are all a work in progress, so I look forward to attacking more personal challenges in front of a global audience.
“It is a unique position to be in, working on yourself that way in front of the world, but I would not have changed any of my lessons.”
This week’s episode of Drag Race sees all 15 queens from season 11 reunite to spill some T and throw some shade. If the last two seasons are anything to by, it’s gonna be a bitchfest.
The following week, A’Keria C. Davenport, Brooke Lynn Hytes, Silky Nutmeg Ganache and Yvie Oddly will fight for the crown in a massive lip sync showdown. Hopefully there’ll be no live animals this time.
Tan France has been announced as a host for Netflix’s upcoming fashion-centric reality programme.
The Queer Eye star has joined forces with designer Alexa Chung for Next In Fashion, which will focus on 18 designers as they compete for a cash prize of $250,000.
Netflix said in a statement: “Next in Fashion begins with eighteen designers who face challenges centring on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way the entire world dresses.
“These talented contestants have worked for major brands and dressed A-list celebrities, and will now compete head-to-head to see who has the skill, originality and determination to win the grand prize: $250,000 and an opportunity to debut their collection with luxury fashion retailer Net-a-Porter.”
The 10-part series will feature a host of several cameos such as celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart and Eva Chen – children’s book author and director of fashion partnerships at Instagram. Additional cameos will be revealed in due course.
When we spoke to Tan for fifth issue of Gay Times Amplify, the fashion expert said it’s important for him to “represent marginalised communities”, because he had never seen someone like him on a global platform.
“I know we’ve had gay Asian men on TV in the UK, but a gay Asian man in the US on a global show, that hasn’t been done before, and so I don’t just represent Asians for a UK audience, I represent Asians globally at this point, and that’s a lot of pressure for one person,” he explained.
“I still don’t see Far East Asians represented anywhere near enough, especially gay Far East Asians. Yeah, I just didn’t think there would be a time where people would go, ‘Oh, we should probably represent these people also’. So I’m still shocked to be on this show.”
Ahead of various Pride events across the country, the Disney Store have launched a brand new range of rainbow-themed merchandise including an adorable pair of rainbow Mickey Mouse ears which we’ll definitely be rocking for Disneyland Pride.
The newly-released Rainbow Collection includes a rainbow Mickey t-shirt, a ‘Believe In Love’ tank top, a tropical backpack with rainbow Mickey logo, a pair of rainbow sunglasses, a rainbow tumbler, and two rainbow pin badge sets.
For the collectors out there, there’s also an adorable rainbow Mickey Mouse soft toy, which sold out almost immediately online – although Disney have confirmed that it will be restocked in June.
More importantly, Disney will be making a donation to charity Diversity Role Models, which “seeks to embed inclusion and empathy in the next generation” by tackling bullying and running school workshops featuring LGBTQ or ally role models.
The Rainbow Collection is online now and will be available to purchase in store at London Oxford Street, Westfield White City, Westfield Stratford, Manchester Arndale, Birmingham Bullring, Edinburgh The Gyle and Dublin.
It comes ahead of Disneyland’s first ever Pride celebration, Magical Pride, which takes place on 1 June and feature an exclusive parade, a lip sync battle, performances by Years & Years and Corine, and a DJ set by Boy George.
You can find out more about Diversity Role Models here.