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Interview: Takeover artist Tabatha Coffey turns her infamous scrutiny on herself

Tabatha Coffey stars on Bravo's 'Tabatha's Salon Takeover'

From the first moment audiences encountered Tabatha Coffey on Bravo’s “Shear Genius,” she has never been shy with an opinion. Her reputation as the dominatrix of deep-conditioning led to her own series on the network, “Tabatha’s Salon Takeover,” now in its third season.

Each episode features Coffey in a struggling salon, doling out tough love to the owner and staff. In each installment, it is absolutely guaranteed someone will cry, Tabatha will be gobsmacked by someone’s incompetence, and at least one person will call her a bitch. Sometimes this all happens in the same scene.

In her new memoir, “It’s Not All About The Hair: The Honest Truth About Life, Love and the Business of Beauty,” Coffey opens up about growing up in the dressing rooms of drag queens, coming out at fifteen, the nearly fatal experience of getting breast implants, and why it doesn’t matter if the truth hurts. She talked to the GA Voice while packing to leave Hollywood, following her TV Guide Channel coverage of the Academy Awards.

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Lisa Ling talks gender transition on ‘Daily Show’

Journalist Lisa Ling on The Daily Show

Last night, journalist Lisa Ling appeared on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to discuss her new show, “Our America with Lisa Ling,” on Oprah Winfrey's OWN network.

Ling discusses an episode of her show centering on transgender people at different points in transition.

“It's a really beautiful show,” Ling says. “We cover people at different stages of transitions, including a six-year-old child who was born Harry but never identified with being a boy.”

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RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 3: Meet the contestants

RuPaul's Drag Race kicks off tonight

Gearing up for the premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race Season 3? For a limited time, iTunes is offering a free video download—about 15 minutes worth—of introductions by the cast themselves. You must have a iTunes to download the clip.

Yes, Atlanta queens Phoenix—who was rather terse in her interview—and Mariah, the“legendary” Atlanta ball scene queen, are in the bunch, but a couple personalities stood out above all others.

Mimi, a big girl from New York brings a campy edge to the competition. She calls herself over-the-top (“If you're not over the top, you'll see never see the other side.”) and it seems like she's immediately got the goods to make interesting TV. She says she can sing live, too. Will we see it?

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Prop 8 lawyer says ‘marriage is most important right’ on ‘Colbert Report’

Last night on “The Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert,” attorney David Boies sat down for an interview with host Stephen Colbert after a segment on the ongoing legal battle over the constitutionality of California’s Proposition 8.

Boies, along with attorney Ted Olson, have argued that the state’s same-sex marriage ban violates the constitutional rights of free speech and due process. They represent two sets of plaintiffs suing the state over the ban.

A federal appeals court heard arguments last week after a district judge ruled the ban unconstitutional. The appeals court ruling is expected early in the New Year.

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Collections of small screen faves make great holiday gifts

As you gear up for holiday shopping, several gay favorite TV shows have released season compilations on DVD — perfect for snuggling on the couch and reliving your favorite scenes, or exploring a series that never made it to your radar screen before.

“Glee: The Complete First Season” (20th Century Fox Home Entertainment): “Glee” has become one of the third-rate network’s greatest assets. LGBT folks especially can’t get enough of the series, with gay bars all across the country regularly hosting “Glee” events on the nights that the program airs.

The irony that the anti-gay Fox should be home to one (make that two, if you include “American Idol”) of the gayest shows on television is not lost. That said, by the fourth episode of the insanely popular series, the gay issue is addressed with more sensitivity than one might expect when glee club member Kurt (out actor Chris Colfer) comes out to his father and to friend Mercedes (Amber Riley).

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'Alternative Perspectives' on WRFG FM gives a queer point of view on Atlanta's airwaves

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Fall Preview: LGBT characters on the small screen

There are a fair number of LGBT characters on TV this fall

The start of the fall television season bites for gay fans of HBO’s way homoerotic vampire series “True Blood,” which airs its season finale Sept. 12.

But there are still plenty of queer small-screen offerings for cozy nights in front of the TV, or boisterous evenings hooting at your favorites with friends.

Two of the hottest gay-inclusive new series on network TV last year — “Glee” on FOX and “Modern Family” on NBC — went head to head in the Aug. 29 Primetime Emmy Awards, with “Modern Family” taking home the statue for Best Comedy Series.

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Anthony Williams on a new runway

For a few months, Anthony Williams was judged weekly for his fashion designs on the reality show “Project Runway.”  This weekend he will actually be one of the judges himself for the Simon Fashion Bow Wow, part of the Simon Fashion Now weekend event at Lenox.