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How Drag Queens Shaped Today’s Biggest Makeup Trends

An absolutely fascinating look into how today’s current makeup looks (AKA “Insta-makeup” or “Selfie Makeup”) developed from drag queen trends over the years.

Canada now allows “X” Gender on Passports

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Canadians will now be allowed to have a neutral gender on their Canadian passport and immigration documents.

The Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced that a new gender designation, “X,” for those who don’t identify as male or female, will be available starting Aug. 31st, 2019.

“Canadian citizens and residents deserve to be respected and have the opportunity to live according to their own identity. As of today, individuals who do not identify exclusively as female or male can have an “X” printed on their passport, travel document, citizenship certificate or permanent resident card.”

Those who would like to replace their current documents with gender “X” can do so with no fee until June 4, 2020.

It’s the latest in a series of policy changes supported by Bill C-16, which defends the rights of transgender people and makes it illegal to discriminate based on “gender identity or expression.”

For more information:
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/gender-x-documents.html

International Day of the Woman: “The Clitterati”

On this, the International Day of the Woman, “The Clitterati” have a message to spread:

House For Sale With Dungeon Makes The News

So a house in Philadelphia went up for sale yesterday that included a private basement BDSM dungeon, complete with kink furniture and equipment, and has become known as “50 Shades of Maple Glen“.

Philadelphia House with private dungeon up for sale

The US$750,000 house was posted on sites such as Zillow & Redfin, popular online realtor listing services, and quickly became viral (because apparently these things totally fascinate the Vanillas), however the controversy had the dungeon photos removed from many online listings.

However, the realtor still has the entire set of photos on their own realtor listing:
Philadelphia 50 Shades of Maple Glen House

To read the full Slate interview with the realtor who is handling the sale, and was the one to post the listing, have a look:

Interview With the Realtor Selling the Suburban House With the Sex Room in the Basement

For more coverage and several other photos, check out the Daily Mail article.

World’s Only Transgender Bodybuilding Competition

It’s been twenty years since Charles Bennett took the stage to compete in bodybuilding. But at the age of 63 he’s now done something he’s never done before — compete as a man for the first time in what’s billed as the world’s only transgender bodybuilding competition.

Bennett and seven fellow competitors went before a crowd Saturday evening in the annual International Association of Trans Bodybuilders competition at a theatre in Atlanta. The competition first started in 2014 and has since drawn competitors from across the country and one from Russia.

Competitors were judged in the categories of lightweight, middleweight, heavyweight and masters for age 60 and over. There are five disciplines on which they’re judged: mass, definition, proportion, symmetry and stage presence.

Read the full article on CTV News

Montreal / Kahnawake woman crowned Queen of Burlesque!

1st Indigenous woman and 1st Canadian to win the title

Lauren Jiles ( known on stage as Lou Lou la Duchesse de Rière) has been performing burlesque for more than a decade, but her latest win as the 2018 New Orleans Queen of Burlesque is extra special, as she is the 1st Indigenous woman and the 1st Canadian to win the title.

Jiles is Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) from Kahnawake and is well-known in Montreal’s burlesque community. When she started her career 13 years ago, she was one of only a handful of Indigenous performers across Canada.

The international festival, which is in its 10th year, is known for crowning the top classic striptease dancer. Jiles was crowned on September 22nd, 2018 at New Orleans’ Civic Theatre.

Rick Delaup, founder and producer of the New Orleans Burlesque Festival, said Jiles had an edge over other contestants.

“All seven of the contestants are really established burlesque performers who are very skilled at what they do,” he said. “But when you have them all at one showcase where only one of them wins the title, you have to stand out among the others. She had everything in that performance. She had a really stunning costume. It was more original and it was just really noticeable.”

Watch her award-winning performance for yourself!

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month — an annual international health campaign organized by major breast cancer charities every October to increase awareness of the disease and to educate people about the importance of early screening & tests,and to support to those affected by breast cancer.

A variety of events around the world are organized in October, including fund-raising walks and runs to raise money for breast cancer research institutes, and the pink illumination of various landmark buildings.

“Mammo-graham cookies”

Early detection can save lives!! Do your monthly self-exam, and mammograms when appropriate.

Breast self-exam instructions