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    Vinik was charged with one count of sexual conduct with a minor, and was booked into the Pima County Jail. KVOA reported, "TPD said Vinik's ex-wife told law enforcement officials that the couple have been allowing the 15-year-old to live with them in their home. She reported that the 29-year-old and the 15-year-old have been co-sleeping together and she recently found Vinik's 'underwear hidden under a pillow on the bed' the student had been sleeping in." The Tucson-based news outlet also said that police seized cell phones through a search warrant, which "revealed inappropriate messages between the two that supports a sexual/romantic relationship." The interim complaint stated that the female victim "confirmed she had a sexual relationship" with the high school counselor and "that the relationship turned sexual around February 2022." Police said, "During the investigation, detectives found probable cause to arrest the school counselor." Previously, Zobella oversaw the high school's "Q Space" afterschool program. The high school defines the Q Space club as a "space students will learn about LGBTQIA+ history, create community, and engage in individual...
    A church in Naples, Florida, will host a "youth pride conference" next week for children ages 12 to 18 that will include a drag show and a presentation on political activism. Billed as "an exploration of LGBTQ-related issues facing today's youth," the free one-day event, organized by a local chapter of the gay and transgender activist organization GLSEN, will take place on May 21 at Naples United Church of Christ. The program for the conference includes a drag show "from some of our local drag queens," several presentations on mental health issues for gay and transgender individuals, a presentation on "sexuality and science" by an evolutionary biologist, a presentation on "inclusive sex education" by a representative from Planned Parenthood, and a presentation on political activism and advocacy. HOW A FLORIDA PARENTAL RIGHTS BILL WAS MISNAMED AS A 'DON'T SAY GAY' BILL The event drew significant online attention after Christina Pushaw, the press secretary for Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, shared a report on Twitter by the news outlet Florida's Voice that indicated the organizers planned to...
    As is the case before every major election, conservatives at all levels of government have a handful of buzzwords they can use to get their voter base riled up. As Daily Kos continues to cover, trans youth using the bathroom and playing sports is one of the biggest ones, as are calls to ban or even burn books that belong to public schools and libraries. What else? Conservatives absolutely lose their minds over drag queens, too, especially when it comes to totally normal, inclusive activities like story hours and library events.  Largely thanks to the anti-LGBTQ+, conspiracy theory-laden Libs of TikTok Twitter account (you can read more in-depth about Libs here), the Hempfield School District in Pennsylvania has issued an apology for an after-school drag event organized by an openly queer teacher for the high school’s Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA), according to LGBTQ+ outlet them. Far-right and conservative outlets have been covering this event with fervor. The district issued a statement saying they’re going to investigate the event. The district noted an “unnamed” person has been placed on administrative leave per the investigation,...
    A Pennsylvania school district has apologized for a local high school's after-school drag show and has placed a staffer who was involved in organizing it on administrative leave. The drag show at Hempfield High School in Landisville, Pennsylvania, took place last week and was organized by the school's Gay Sexuality Alliance club and reportedly included a highly sexualized dance routine, including exposed buttocks. "First and foremost, the administration team apologizes to students, parents, and the community on behalf of those involved in this event," the district said in a Friday statement. "We are appalled at what took place and in no way condone this type of activity in our schools. Neither the dress of the invited guests nor the performance was appropriate in our school setting." OHIO SCHOOL DISTRICT CANCELS 'DIVERSITY DAY' AFTER CRITICAL RACE THEORY UPROAR "We are taking the incident seriously in our ongoing investigation and follow-up actions," the statement continued. "It is important to district administrators that the district has the trust and confidence of the community, and we realize that an...
    Officials at a high school in Pennsylvania were forced to apologize and place a veteran French teacher on leave after students in the school's LGBT club staged a drag show event on school grounds last week. According to a statement from the Hempfield School District, the unsanctioned event took place after school on April 25. The statement said the district was treating the event as a 'serious situation.' "First and foremost, the administration team apologizes to students, parents, and the community on behalf of those involved in this event," the statement said. "We are appalled at what took place and in no way condone this type of activity in our schools. Neither the dress of the invited guests nor the performance was appropriate in our school setting."  The school is located in Salunga-Landisville, around 80 miles west of Philadelphia.   The show saw students - led by a teacher who supervises the club - dressing in drag and performing raunchy dance routines.  The apology statement was issued after video of the dance routines made it onto social media. 
    A new Discovery+ show documenting five teenage drag queens has garnered pushback as it shared its trailer across social media. The reality TV show, Generation Drag, is to be hosted by Tyra Banks. It is set to stream June 1 as it follows the teenagers’ attempts to find their identities while pursuing drag. Washington Examiner opinion contributor Nicole Russell shared the trailer on Twitter, calling it “child abuse.” This is child abuse https://t.co/dktlNqNwyF— Nicole Russell (@russell_nm) May 1, 2022 Russell is not alone. The American Society for the Defense of Tradition, Family, and Property has created a petition against the show, demanding that Discovery+ cancel it. Say NO to groomingSign Here: Tell Discovery+ To Stop Perverting Children With Their New Show, #GenerationDrag#DiscoveryPlus #Grooming #AntiGrooming https://t.co/9OMXliQnsW— Rolf Anderson (@Rolfums) April 30, 2022 AMBER HEARD’S AQUAMAN 2 ROLE IN JEOPARDY AS PETITION CALLS FOR HER REMOVAL “Once again, our children are being attacked,” the petition states. “Our children should not be exposed to unnatural vice.” As of Sunday morning,...
    by Laurel Duggan   The Discovery+ network is airing a show about children who dress in hypersexual drag costumes to explore their identities and gain confidence in a new show called “Generation Drag.” The show will feature five teenagers and their families as they prepare for a performance at “Dragutante,” a drag show aimed at helping young LGBT people express themselves, according to a Discovery+ description. A trailer for the show displays children wearing strappy lingerie, heavy makeup, colorful wigs and platform boots. The children’s ages are not disclosed, but the show refers to them as teenagers. One boy said he became interested in drag at 13. A mother is shown in the trailer struggling to explain to her daughter that her grandmother does not fully accept her because she refuses to come to her drag performances. The trailer later shows the young girl in her drag costume tearfully hugging two adult men – one of whom is in drag – who do not appear to be related to her. One of the children in the show is transgender, and is shown complaining that...
    A statement reportedly from the teacher on social media expressed her joy about the event and no regrets. "I don't know how to explain the sheer joy I feel in my bones when these queens come take time out of their busy schedules to perform for us (year 3!) and to be with my students," read the statement. "As GSA co-advisor and a queer teacher, it makes me emotional to think of this space we have created — I would have loved nothing more than to have a space like they have, an opportunity to attend their own drag show." Here's more about public school drag shows: Deranged High School Puts On SICK Drag Show with Students | @Chad Prather www.youtube.com
    Discovery+ is preparing to launch a show executive produced by model and TV mogul Tyra Banks that will follow five teens and their journey into the world of drag. Generation drag, a six-episode series due in June, will feature the drag queen journeys of five teens, each about 15-years-old. The show will follow the teens, and their families grappling with all things drag, as they are introduced to adult drag queens who help groom them for their big drag queen show. The series will culminate in a full drag show performance at the annual “Dragutante” event held in Denver, Colorado. The official trailer for the series shows the kids as they make their way to Denver and being doted on and encouraged by parents and adult drag queen performers. Dragutante is an annual event that has been exposing kids as young as 12 to the life of drag since 2017. The event is sponsored by the Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the ICRME – Imperial Court of the Rocky Mountain Empire. The drag queen event explains that...
    Tyra Banks is producing a new Discovery+ show about teen queens—drag queens, that is. Titled Generation Drag, the series will explore the colorful, creative world of teenage drag shows. Generation Drag focuses on five kids—Noah, Jameson, Vinny, Bailey, and Nabela—and their families. It traces the leadup to the most important performance of these teens’ young lives at Dragutante, a nonprofit event that allows LGBTQ+ youth to connect with each other, meet mentors in the drag community, and, at the end of the day, stomp the runway in their own performances. The heartwarming trailer, released on Tuesday, shows a glimpse of the kids’ journey to Denver, where Dragutante takes place. In between clips of a dad sweetly supervising as his child tries on a pair of fuzzy pink platform boots and a mom fluffing a loofah-like tulle minidress, the teens diligently draw on their eyebrows and primp their candy-colored wigs. “So, my mom started Dragutante,” one person explains of the eagerly anticipated event. “Kids and their families are coming from all over the country where we get to be our...
    When Texas A&M University held its first-ever drag show two years ago, it was met with resistance almost immediately. Right-wing student groups lobbied to shut it down, collecting over 1,800 signatures on a Change.org petition claiming the February 2020 event would foster a “climate of degradation” on campus. Dozens of protesters gathered outside Texas A&M’s Rudder Auditorium holding signs reading “God Created Them Male and Female” and “Texans Reject Transgender Tyranny.” The backlash was even worse the following year. A petition referring to the show—dubbed “Draggieland” in a reference to the college’s nickname–as “sinful” and “immoral” this time attracted nearly 20,000 signatures. It was accompanied by an even larger rally. Daniel Hou, the executive showrunner of Draggieland 2022, says protesters flicked holy water at LGBTQ+ students with their fingers. Despite the blowback, the shows were an enormous success. The criticism unintentionally backfired by serving as free advertising for Draggieland, leading to both performances completely selling out. (Some students and faculty members who couldn’t get tickets joined counter-protesters outside the event.) RuPaul’s Drag Race alums Mo Heart and Alyssa Edwards presided...
    Spirits were high. Diamond Gonzalez and his boyfriend, Ray Carabantes, had put on a successful drag show one night last week at a Pasadena bar and were saying their goodbyes in a nearby parking lot. Then, without warning, a group of men attacked from behind. Gonzalez, 33, said he was struck on his temple and everything went black. When he came to, lying on the ground, his boyfriend and their companions were “fighting for their lives,” Gonzalez said in an interview with The Times on Wednesday — nearly a week after the attack in the early morning hours of March 25. Gonzalez’s nephew was in a car nearby as assailants tried to smash the windows. Panicked, he threw the car in reverse and accidentally backed over a friend who was knocked out on the ground. Noah Offield, another friend, was injured while shielding Gonzalez from more blows. Amid the melee, Gonzalez said his car was vandalized. “It was like a freaking horror film,” Gonzalez said. “It was the most evil, demonic thing I’ve ever experienced...
    So, it’s that time of year again when so many of us (especially we of the old Oil of Olay adage regarding “a certain age”) think back to holidays and people long gone. Some of us actually did joyfully organize Christmas pageants or save village bakeries in five-star Hallmark style. Some of us rode holly-festooned sleighs across sparkling snow-covered fields and returned to houses full of happy families and many bottles of Andre champagne. And some of us had (and still have) holidays marked by loneliness, loss, anger or little money to pay the electric bill, much less buy sugar plums or champagne. For me, one of my fondest Christmas memories involves my brother Nick, who died in May 2019. Nick was gay and for four years, I was the only one in my family who officially knew as much. He moved to Phoenix when he was a quite young man and I visited him as much as possible, if only to get away from the Minnesota cold for a while and pick up some sandal lines and eat good...
    An Indiana pastor who appeared on an HBO show dressed in drag was "relieved from pastoral duties" following outrage from some at the church.  "There was a lot of dissent, basically they bullied him right out of his job at the church because he is a person who believes in love and acceptance and faith and inclusion," drag star Shangela Laquifa Wadley said in an Instagram post. "Especially being a faith-based person, he decided to step out on faith and join our show ‘We’re Here,’ and they let Pastor Craig go. That is wrong." Rev. Craig Duke served at United Methodist Church in Newburgh, Indiana, before he was relieved of his duties at the start of December. He was not fired, according to a church official, as he did not commit any crimes or violate the United Methodist Book of Discipline. CHICAGO PASTOR ASKS PERSON IN 'DRAG' TO LEAVE CHURCH AND 'PUT ON MAN CLOTHES’: REPORT An Indiana pastor who appeared on an HBO show dressed in drag was "relieved from pastoral duties" following outrage from some at the...
    NEW YORK (AP) — The Rev. Craig Duke has been a Methodist minister for three decades, building a reputation as a staunch advocate of LGBTQ inclusion. His pastoral duties have now been terminated — the result of a bitter rift surfacing in his Indiana church after he sought to demonstrate solidarity by appearing in drag alongside prominent drag queens in the HBO reality series “We’re Here.” Duke, 62, said he thought most of his 400-member congregation at Newburgh United Methodist Church shared his inclusive views, and he was taken aback when a prominent congregation member, soon backed by other churchgoers, circulated emails attacking him. “You have thrown NUMC under the bus to elevate a minority of individuals,” said one of the emails. Another, according to Duke, said Satan must be pleased with the discord over LGBTQ rights. Duke, who declined to identify his chief critics, told The Associated Press that the attacks “felt very personal,” causing him to worry about his mental health. “It was a matter of sadness and disappointment and heartbreak on my part … realizing I was...
    "Rev. Duke is being relieved from pastoral duties effective December 1, 2021. He will not be available to perform any pastoral functions at NUMC. He and Linda will continue to reside in the parsonage until no later than February 28, 2022, but he will not be at the church in any capacity," Gieselman wrote. "Duke will continue with a significantly reduced salary until no later than February 28." Here's more from the letter:Craig has not “resigned,” nor has he been “fired,” as these are not actions that are consistent with our appointment system. While there is a diversity of opinion regarding the moral implications of Rev. Duke’s actions, he has not been found to have committed any chargeable offense or other violation of the United Methodist Book of Discipline.In short, Craig has reached a place where he feels unable to continue to serve in parish ministry at present. During his time of being relieved from pastoral duties, he will be engaging in a process of renewal, reflection, and recovery that will be monitored by our conference Director of Leadership...
    The fascinating life of mafia wife Anna Genovese is the subject of an upcoming HBO series that will explore her role in Manhattan's drag club scene, her illicit lesbian romances, and her bold testimony against her notorious crime boss husband Vito Genovese.      Anna became the Italian-American mobster's second wife just a few weeks after her first husband was mysteriously murdered in 1932. The businesswoman ran drag clubs and gay bars in Manhattan, reportedly having a number of lesbian affairs.  Two decades after she married into the mob, she reached a new level of infamy when she left Vito in 1950, ultimately breaking the rules of the Sicilian mafia, a.k.a. Cosa Nostra, by revealing his illegal criminal dealings in the divorce proceedings.  For years, her story was overshadowed by the criminal exploits of her ruthless husband, who was also her fourth cousin and the head of the Genovese crime family. Little was known about her until the release of Jessica Bendinger and Michael Seligman's 12-episode podcast Mob Queens in 2019.  Wild: The life of Anna Genovese (pictured in 1957)  is the subject of Lena Dunham's upcoming HBO...
    Andrew LeValley — an English teacher and alliance adviser at the school — came up with the idea for the drag show, the outlet added. "We had some people that are pretty involved in theater come in and talk about how you put on a persona," LeValley explained to the AP, adding that he dressed in a Shakespearean burgundy gown and a wig for the event. Image source: YouTube screenshot "I was just really hoping to give our students — who are both out and the students that were in the stands who are not out — a moment to shine and feel loved, and know that there is a place for them in public schools," he added to the outlet. Principal Lauren McBride told the AP she heard a dad talking during the game to his two sons who didn't know the drag ball would be the halftime show — and that he explained to them what dressing in drag means, "and it was like, 'This is really cool.'" ...
    Burlington High School hosted a “drag ball” during Friday night’s football game halftime. Put on by the school’s Gender-Sexuality Alliance (GSA) club, the show featured students and teachers dressed in drag attire. About thirty participants, most of them male, strutted the track in a mixture of gowns, dresses, high-heeled boots, feather boas, colorful wigs and other accessories with techno music playing in the background. Students in the stands, decked out in rainbow attire, cheered them on. Andrew LeValley, an English teacher and advisor to the GSA club, said the school’s principal and athletic director were “on board excitedly,” according to Seven Days. Tom Flanagan, the Burlington superintendent, joined in wearing a rainbow cape and holding a rainbow flag, Seven Days reported. “I think it’s hard for boys to express an effeminate side of themselves, and often that might be the side they love the most,” LeValley told Seven Days. (RELATED: New Ad Tears Into Democratic Candidate For VA Gov For Saying Parents Shouldn’t Control Their Kids Education) Policies regarding gender identity and transgender students have embroiled school boards in...
    A Vermont high school homecoming football game turned into a "drag ball" runway at halftime, with a mix of students and faculty members parading in gowns, wigs and makeup – and a big crowd in rainbow colors to cheer them on. "Things went amazing," Ezra Totten, student leader of the Gender Sexuality Alliance at Burlington High School, said of Friday night's event, which also included participants from South Burlington High School. "The stands were completely packed. ... It was just so heartwarming to see." As school cheerleaders wrapped up their routine, about 30 students and faculty members dressed as drag queens and kings – or a bit of both – walked out onto the field and the crowd started to chant, "Drag Ball!" WYOMING HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT ON BEING ARRESTED OVER REFUSAL TO WEAR MASK: ‘NEVER THOUGHT I’D BE TAKEN TO JAIL Performers paraded and danced to show support for LGBTQ people. They also lip-synced to singer Todrick Hall's "Rainbow Reign." Andrew LeValley, an English teacher and alliance adviser at the school, came up with the idea. "We had some...