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Drag performers dress down Facebook over ‘real names’ policy

| Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Drag performers (from left) Lil Ms. Hot Mess, Sister Roma and Heklina, take turns speaking about their battle with Facebook during a news conference at City Hall Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, in San Francisco, Calif.
SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco drag performers are sparring with Facebook over its policy requiring people to use their real names, rather than drag names such as Pollo Del Mar and Heklina. But the world's biggest social network is not budging from its rules. In recent weeks, Facebook has been deleting the profiles of self-described drag queens and ...

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State regulators say Denver gay bar discriminated against man in drag

| Monday, August 4, 2014
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DENVER -- Colorado regulators say a Denver gay bar discriminated against a man when a bouncer denied him entry last year because he was dressed in drag. The civil rights division of the state's Department of Regulatory Agencies has ordered the Denver Wrangler to resolve the dispute with Vito Marzano, a gay man who was wearing a dress and wig...

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Speech by Ireland’s top drag performer fuels Irish gay rights debate

| Tuesday, February 11, 2014
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DUBLIN -— Ireland's top drag performer, Miss Panti Bliss, has driven a stiletto heel through this nation's long-running debate on gay rights. Panti has riled up conservative Catholics and won global admirers in a social media tour de force that is dominating Irish water-cooler talk.

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Equality House hosts ‘Drag Down Bigotry’ show in Westboro neighborhood

| Monday, October 28, 2013
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TOPEKA, Kan. -- The Westboro Baptist Church, home of the "God hates Fags" movement, found itself with ringside seats to drag show on Saturday, organized by its neighbor, the rainbow painted Equality House.

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Gays hit the catwalk at drag queen contest in Zimbabwe

| Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi, APA contestant takes part in the Miss Jacaranda pageant held on the outskirts of Harare on Oct. 19.
HARARE, Zimbabwe — And the winner is ... Ezmerald Kim Kardashian. That was the stage name for a young man who won the title of Miss Jacaranda at a drag queen pageant in Zimbabwe.

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Former ‘Satanic Drag Queen’ to receive ‘Ex-Gay of the Year’ Award

| Tuesday, September 10, 2013
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Liberty Counsel’s Mat Staver won’t be the only person honored at this year’s Ex-Gay Awareness Month festivities. The event’s organizers, Voice of the Voiceless, announced today that a former “Satanic Drag Queen” will receive their “Courage Award.”

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Carnival Cruises under fire from gay passengers for banning ‘drag’ attire on ‘drag cruise’

| Tuesday, November 27, 2012
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Carnival Cruses on Tuesday issued an apology after it came under fire from gay passengers who were told they were forbidden from dressing in drag on an upcoming "drag cruise," or face being kicked off the ship.

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‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ star Sahara Davenport dies at age 27

By Ken Williams| San Diego Gay and Lesbian News | Tuesday, October 2, 2012
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LOS ANGELES – Sahara Davenport, who made a name for herself on the second season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and who recently released a single “Go Off,” has died. She was 27.

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Catholic church bans drag performers from gay group’s annual fundraiser

By Chuck Colbert| The Bay Area Reporter | Saturday, August 11, 2012
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SAN FRANCISCO -- A local gay recovery group will not be holding its annual fall fundraiser in the social hall of the Castro neighborhood's Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church after officials said that no drag queens would be allowed.

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