Mean Gay withdrawls

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Mean Gays make you cry

So you’ve ignored our warnings of dating a Mean Gays, being in the same vicinity as them, or befriending them, and now you have Mean Gay withdrawals. You are now traumatized and wander the streets of Sacramento sobbing uncontrollably, eating donuts; you can’t show your face in the gayborhood anymore where the Mean Gays routinely gather. Unfortunately there are no pills to help you get over this. Besides drinking alcohol, you just have to deal with it.

It’s kind of like having a really bad hangover: you’re not exactly sure what happened in those 6 hours prior when you dated or talked to a Mean Gay and it leaves you with this horrible headache and spend most of the day vomiting in the bathroom. Okay, so I am exaggerating a little here, but you get the point. Here are four likely symptoms you will go through:

Decreased confidence – You were influenced by THEM for a second so you bought yourself the booty shorts and tank-top to go along with the shorts. You even looked good in them, but now sad and depressed, you only wear sweats and shirts that are one size too large. You don’t even comb your Macklemore hairdo anymore, let alone take a shower.

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THEY also gut your soul

Isolation – THEY made you hate the world or scared of it, but either way you don’t want to leave your house. You don’t hang out with friends because most likely they are Mean Gays themselves, and your co-workers keep asking you if you are okay – why the cheery gay guy at work is now the Debbie-downer.

Binge on RuPaul’s Dragrace – Separating from the Mean Gay pack leaves you wanting more, like crack or chocolate, so you binge on the bitchy queens of RuPaul’s Dragrace to give you the T. Their cattiness fills the void by your recent departure from THEM.

Madonna/Whore complex – This last one is a little tricky. Because THEY are mean, you develop the Madonna/Whore complex. You either become celibate to avoid sleeping with THEM or you begin to sleep around with anyone, even girls, to get THEIR taste out of your mouth.

So dear five readers who stuck around for ALL four posts (because, as you know, Mean Gays don’t read), if we saved at least one of you from enduring Mean Gays, our work here is complete. We hope it was as fun for you to read as it was for us to write. In all seriousness, we support and love all gays, nice or mean or the bi’s (the ones who don’t know whether to be mean or nice. Don’t worry, we’ve all been there at one point).

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Call of the Mean Gay

Here’s the second blog post on the 4 part series of the Mean Gay saga. This post was written by my friend Scott and Words. He shows you how the Mean Gays communicate or lack thereof. Have a read and some laughs.

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Don't laugh. This was being serious. Don’t laugh. This is real life.

Oh, the Mean Gays. You know, the guys that appear perfectly pretty but when they open their mouths and all this ugly comes spewing out. Even as you read this, you’re probably thinking of a few guys you’ve met from Grindr or Scruff, and even a few fellas you’ve encountered at the clubs/bars. So if our previous post didn’t help you identify the Mean Gay with a simple glance, then a few key phrases will help you notice that you’re talking to one. This particular segment of gays have their own communication style.

It’s Hot. It’s Cold.
The Mean Gays aren’t bitchy right off the bat. Some of these pretty boys are friendly in their first message or two. They may thank you for the woof. They may even drop a picture on you. Beware of the switch-aroo though. That friendly facade will melt…

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Q&A with Adore Delano from season 6 RuPaul’s Drag Race

RuPaul's Drag Race contestant Adore Delano

RuPaul’s Drag Race contestant Adore Delano

No one imagined that a drag queen who did her make up like a chola and whose catchphrase is “Party!” would make it to the end of season 6 of RuPaul’s Drag Race yet Adore Delano (Danny Noriega) charmed her way through the competition to make it the final three.

“It’s very surreal and liberating,” said Adore Delano. “I went into it thinking I would get half way but as the competition started to get harder, I started to push myself harder and thinking ‘you gotta fucking kick ass. This is season 6, lets fucking play.’”

Not apologetic or afraid to expressing herself, Adore’s star quality appeals to the masses. She was adored by RuPaul and the judges and was one of the funnier queens of the season. In one episode she said, “I’m from the hood. I’m from Asuza. I’ll stab a bitch.” with such seriousness you couldn’t help but laugh.

Being one of the youngest queens competing, Adore, 23, struggled throughout the season landing in the bottom and being criticized for her inexperienced looks on the runway.  But when it mattered the most, she fought to stay there.

“The harder the challenges were getting, the more I knew I was going to stay because I know myself and I know that I don’t give up at all,” said Adore, who also competed on the seventh season of American Idol. “I will not leave without a fight.”

Drag Race concludes on Monday with Bianca Del Rio and Courtney Act as the other two finalist. And Adore is content with her two competitors.

“Courtney is a brilliant person and really talented, and Bianca is a comedic genius,” she added. Although, she wished Ben Delacreme, who was eliminated in an earlier episode, would have made it to the finals. Adore added that Delacreme was one of her closest friends on the show and consistently worked hard to make it to the final three.

Below Adore discusses her soon to be released album, her chola-ness, and her plans to conquer the world.

JM: How did you come up with Adore?

Adore: Adore was my brother’s chola friend’s name, and I loved it so much and kept tagging the name on the walls around the city, and I was like I want that name. My brother was like ‘no that’s her name.’ I was like ‘I’ll fight her for it.’ [Laughs] At my first drag competition, I didn’t even have a drag name and they asked me ‘What’s your name?’ I said Adore. I really connected with it and I just love the name.

JM: How did you decide to make drag a career choice?

Adore: Well School is fucking not for me. [Laughs] I started dressing up in drag when I was 15 and competing in singing competitions. I had to stop for American Idol because my mom told me to, and then I started to perform and dressing up again in local bars around the city. I was like yeah, this is something that I’m good at, this is something that I can incorporate my music in. It’s been like I can fucking take over the world in this. Lady Gaga is a drag queen. The only difference is I have a penis and she doesn’t.

JM: You also do videos as a character named Angel Baby dressed as a chola. Is that influenced from how you grew up?

Adore: My dad is still like a cholo and my mom is like an ex-chola. My family reunions look like Mi Vida Loca. It’s hilarious. It’s definitely inspired by all my cousins and the girls I grew up with. My new single “DTF” is definitely chola-realness. I like merging different genre of people. I have the chola background in the video and I think it’s really cool. It’s almost like a pin-up vibe.

JM: Speaking of the new single, you also have a new album coming out.

Adore: My new album is called “Til Death Do Us Party,” which I co-wrote. It’s a fucking awesome album. I feel like every song should be a single for different reasons. It’s very solid. I want to be taken serious as an artist and it’s about time that a drag queen busts through the main stream circuit again. I really think I can do that. I see myself touring and winning a goddamn Grammy! [Laughs]

JM: You have fans drawing Adore on alleys in Paris and making memes out of your character. Did you ever see that coming?

Adore: No. It’s very surreal and awesome. I’m also noticing people getting tattoos of my name on them and it’s so fucking punk rock of them. I love it! Party!

JM: You did American Idol when you were younger and now Drag Race. Which show has felt more like you?

Adore: American Idol is very watered down. It’s run by Fox, by republicans. It’s very watch what you say. You can’t sing this. You can’t sing that. Don’t act too gay. Don’t come out. On Drag Race, it’s literally balls to the walls. It’s literally documenting who you are as a person.

JM: What do you think about Conchita Wurst winning the singing competition in Europevision?

Adore:I think he’s brilliant and sobering. He has a beautiful aura and amazing voice. It’s such an awesome statement that he’s making.

JM: In Latino culture, masculinity is very prominent and being gay is something that sometimes gets viewed down on. How do you view drag in your culture?

Adore: I don’t give a fuck. I came out of the closet when I was twelve years old and my mom was very accepting and I felt very blessed for that. She basically raised me to really not care and as long as my immediate family is okay with it and if someone isn’t okay with that, it is there issue. I was lucky enough to have a family that has brains and realize that I was gay when I was a kid. My brother’s basically treated me like their little sister but they really roughed me up. I was like literally in piggy-tails playing football with my brothers in family reunions. I’m kinda like the tomboy of drag.

Adore Delano

Adore Delano

JM: You even mentioned to RuPaul that you didn’t want to be seen as the chillona (crier). Will your fans get to see a Llorona (A Mexican folk legend of the weeping woman) inspired drag?

Adore: Probably not. [Laughs] My mom used to tell me that story when I was a kid and it used to scare the shit out of me.

JM: Anything you want to tell your fans?

Adore: I can’t wait to marry America in “Til Death Do Us Party!”

You can catch the season finale on Monday night at 9 p.m. on LogoTV and see if Adore Delano wins the $100,000 prize and the crown.

Q&A with Ben Delacreme from RuPaul’s Drag Race

Ben Delacreme drag star from RuPaul’s Drag Race

Her name is synonymous to the best of the crop, the crème de la crème and so far Ben Delacreme is one of the top contestants to beat on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 6, and she’ll make her first appearance in Sacramento this Saturday at Badlands.

Her unique style is a throwback to the 1950’s pinup girl and her charisma and sweetness has made her one of the favorite queens this season. Delacreme, who has been performing drag for 11 years, attributes her style to burlesque and cabaret shows and old cartoon where women were idolized.

“As a kid, I was really into those older Warner Brothers cartoons where the wolf is whistling at the lady,” Delacreme said. “That kind of image of womanhood was the thing I was most excited about growing up.”

Delacreme has made a career out of this sexy bombshell image performing burlesque shows in Seattle where she lives and around the country. She is part of the “The Atomic Bombshells” burlesque troupe and a producer of the Seattle “Tuck” dance/drag event.

On Drag Race she is one queen who stays true to the style that has inspired her look for many years. So far this season, Delacreme has won two challenges and is praised by RuPaul and the rest of the judges for her dazzling style and charm. She’s also spent time at the bottom lip-singing for her life but surviving.

“I think it really shows a realistic range of what it’s like to be a performer and a human,” Delacreme said. “I work really hard; I do my darnest to put my art out there and be true to myself and also give the audience what they want and sometimes you falter and when you do, you gotta get back up and try your harder.”

But on this week’s episode she flew back up with her fly-inspired look on the runway and her personable interview with Chaz Bono and Georgia Holt (Bono’s grandmother).  Delacreme lived to see another week of Drag Race.

Below she discusses what to expect Friday, her inspiration for Delacreme and her current addiction.

Jorge Moreno: You have a unique style of drag, so what can your fans expect Saturday?

Delacreme:  Well I am a queen of many faces, so you can definitely expect comedy, something a little bit out of the regular form of what the other queens do. I’ll be performing live and possibly doing a parody I wrote myself or something a little bit more complicated but bringing you all on a comedic journey. [Laughs]

JM: Where did DelaCreme come from?

Delacreme: I grew up watching old MGM musicals who featured Ann Miller, the tap dancer, and she was one of my first female icons, and she’s always wearing those little showgirl one piece outfits. I also get a lot of drag inspiration from the burlesque and cabaret world since I was around women who were referencing that time period as well so a lot of my style is entrenched in that background.

JM: What is a moment that stands out from being on the show?

Delacreme: Well so far, since I can’t give out the rest, has been winning the Snatch Game. It was really phenomenal because I wasn’t expecting it. I was really nervous coming in to do an impersonation [She impersonated the great Maggie Smith] and of course Snatch Game this year was really hot and heavy because there were really good performances from the other queens. So that win was totally like a high for me.

ME: Which queens did you bond the most on the Drag Race?

I got a really close with Adore [Delano] and you don’t really get to see that on the show except for little moments like when I jump on her back or hold hands but she is someone I talk to pretty frequently. Also, Bianca [Del Rio] and I developed a good friendship as well.

JM: Have you felt any negativity since appearing on the show?

Delacreme: It’s been really positive and I’ve been overwhelmed by how awesome and positive the response has been. I get tons of letters and emails with people telling me how they connect to me and the character and they feel inspired. I’ve been working in this field for 11 years and getting this kind of response really makes it feel like it’s totally worth it. Like I am doing the right thing with my life

JM: You were compared by RuPaul to Michelle Vasage. Do you see the resemblance?

Delacreme: I’ve been hearing that for a couple of years now. At first I was like, no I don’t know what you’re talking about but of course now that I see us on TV I totally see it. [Laughs]

JM: How hectic has your life been since appearing on the show?

Delacreme: I had experience doing shows before but this has been insane. I’ve been going to parts of the country that I’ve never been to and the audiences are different, and you kind of have to be ready for everything. I’m also working on writing new material, and creating new shows that I’ll be collaborating with others in the future.

JM: Will these collaborations be with any of the other Drag Race contestants?

Delacreme: Well, there are some things in the works but nothing that I can really talk about yet, but I can tell people there are things coming they can look forward to.

JM: You are also part of “DeLouRue Presents,” tell me about that?

Delacreme: It’s my production company with my two best friends, Kitten la Rue and Lou Henry Hoover, who are burlesque queen and a drag king, and the three of us have been working together in different ways for the past six years. We do shows that have cabaret and burlesque, and drag, comedy and social commentary and huge dance numbers. I like to think of it as a cross between an old MGM musical, “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and a contemporary drag show.

JM: What advice do you have for anyone in Sacramento or anywhere who wants to do drag?

Delacreme: My number one advice is, and what makes the coolest drag, is when you just listen to your own head. If people just focus on the things they love the most that’s when they will come up with the most interesting things in drag.

JM: What drag accessory can you not live without?

Delacreme: It’s hard to just pick one thing but what feels the most like Dela is having the right hair. Like she always has like a big bump in the back no matter what the hairdo is. When I get the hair pined in and I can feel it squishing behind me, then I know I am her.

JM: What’s your addiction right now?

Delacreme: Oh my god, I have a lot of addictions! [Laughs] As I travel around the country I realize that my true Seattlelite comes out because I cannot seem to get enough coffee in my body. I feel like the coffee everywhere else is half the strength like the coffee in Seattle. Caffeine is my drug of choice.

You can catch Delacreme on Monday’s on Logo TV at 9 p.m.  She also has her own products and you can learn more here. Admissions into Badlands for the show starts at 8 p.m., and you can purchase tickets for a meet-and-greet here or at the door.