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[Video] LGBT History Month Icon for Oct. 26: RuPaul

LGBT History Month

October is LGBT History Month. The month of observance was first organized in 1994 by high school teacher Rodney Wilson to coincide with National Coming Out Day (Oct. 11) and was meant to highlight the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights movement.

In 2006, the Equality Forum began promoting the annual commemoration by featuring a different LGBT icon each day.

“This is the 7th anniversary of LGBT History Month. There are a total of 217 Icons that inspire pride in our heroes and our impressive national and international accomplishments,” said Malcolm Lazin, Equality Forum executive director, in a statement.

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[Video] Sharon Needles meets with LGBT protesters before Atlanta show

A meeting between Sharon Needles, winner of the past season of “Rupaul's Drag Race,” and LGBT activists angered by her use of the word “nigger” in her act ended abruptly today after two people planning to protest her show walked out.

Aaron Coady, who performs as Needles, attended the meeting out of drag. A tearful Coady said he felt berated by the activists who questioned his use of the racial slur. He defended Sharon Needles as a “transgressive” character meant to push buttons and shine a spotlight on all that is dark in society.

“If people educated themselves on the type of work and didn't just judge it by my costume choices and simple screen shots and really investigated why I use the imagery I use, I'm really more on their side than they think,” Coady said, tears rolling down his face.

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Atlanta’s Phoenix to star in ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ third season

Drag entertainer Phoenix to be featured in season 3 of RuPaul's Drag Race

The ever popular "Rupaul's Drag Race" on Logo has been picked up for a third season and premieres in January with Atlanta's own Phoenix on the roster of contestants. Also from Atlanta is Mariah, but we are not very familiar with her yet.

Atlanta has been represented well on "Rupaul's Drag Race" with Nicole Paige Brooks and Sonique appearing last season on the show.

Joining Rupaul and Santino Rice as a permanent judge for the 2011 season is Michelle Visage.

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Pop Quiz with JZ – Nicole Paige Brooks

Our first installment of 'Pop Quiz with JZ' features the always hilarious Nicole Paige Brooks. NPB talks about her life after RuPaul's Drag Race, her children and her first "menopause"....