5 LGBT things for you to know today, April 7

1. Gay “American Idol” runner-up turned politico Clay Aiken leads in yesterday's Democratic primary for a U.S. House seat in North Carolina, but it's too close to call as of Wednesday morning. Aiken leads by le...
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Mark S. King: The nexus of shame and shamelessness

When I was nine years old, I took my parents’ album of the Broadway musical “Damn Yankees” and memorized every syllable of Gwen Verdon’s show stopper, “Who’s Got the Pain When They Do the Mambo?” Once I was sat...
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A field guide to Atlanta’s drag scene


Drag queens may bend gender, but they have broken this traveler's understanding of ecosystems, achieving a feat unduplicated anywhere else in nature.

Neither during my summers in the Galapagos Islands nor my expeditions to the Great Barrier Reef have I observed a population that is so rare and simultaneously abundant, so small yet powerful, as the Drag Genus is in the Queer Kingdom.

These colorful creatures compose the tiniest fraction of the Queer Kingdom – or, to use the vernacular phrase, the LGBT community – and yet their presence dominates. They rule the kingdom's nightlife. They once monopolized media images of herding rituals known as Pride parades. They are the stereotype, with a good many of those outside the Queer Kingdom mistakenly thinking that all within the LGBT community are drag queens.

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Suspect arrested in slaying of Atlanta drag queen


 Dunwoody police have arrested Christopher Williams, 20, of Stone Mountain in the killing of Roberto Calderon-Guzman, 28, known to many in Atlanta's nightlife community as drag artist Noxy Cassandra Calderon.

Williams is charged with murder and possession of a firearm while committing a felony and is currently being held in the DeKalb County Jail, said Sgt. Mike Carlson of the Dunwoody Police Department.

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End of ‘Dragnique’ is beginning for host and creator Eve Michaels

Drag personality Eve Michaels

In a vote separated by only three ballots, Janelle Brooks was named the winner of Jungle's first “Dragnique” drag competition on Friday. Brooks, an energetic dancing diva, beat out Gunza Blazin, a member of the Atlanta Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.

The seven-week contest where drag newbies performed their way through weekly challenges for audience approval has ended, but the event marks the beginning of so much more for the contest's creator and host, Eve Michaels.

“If you would have said that I would be doing this a year ago, I would have never believed you,” Michaels said. “I never would have thought at my age I'd be throwing on platform boots and wigs and performing on stage.”