Welcome to our new weekly blog called "TOP 5 PLAYS" which features a list of the top 5 songs either we are listening to at our office or we will partner with local DJ's, socialites, and members of the community to find out what's on their playlist. Onward to this weeks Top 5 Plays - which seems to have a theme of new love, making love, better love and too much love.
#1. Janet Jackson - So Much Betta
#2. Rita Ora - Your Song
#3. Robyn - Honey
#4. Black Saint - Don't Wreck My Holiday
#5. Tony Chevy - Love
The holidays are the best time of year. Full of Shopping, parties, Christmas music and lights but our favorite part of the holidays are curling up in a fleece blanket, turning the AC down to 63' white drinking hot chocolate and watching Holiday Movies. We asked our facebook friends what thier favorite "gayish" holiday movies are and this some of our favorites!
Ving Rhames stars as a drag queen who takes in a crack-addicted prostitute and her daughter and helps them get back on their feet. It’s heavy subject matter is a bit heavy-handed at times, but Rhames is superb, and it’s truly one of the gayest things you’re bound to see all Christmas.
A Diva's Christmas Charol
A remake of the Dicken's classic, "A Christmas Carol" featuring a very nasty pop singer who gets a reality check by three Christmas spirits. And with a cast of lgbt allies like Vanessa L. Williams, Kathy Griffin and John Taylor it's sure to be a new holiday tradition.
There’s plenty of parallels between Cady trying to fit in with the popular crowd and the closet. Many gay guys and girls have tried their hardest to fit into the stereotypical gender roles for the sake of social acceptance. It is only when Cady is forced to come to terms with her identity, in this case with her interest in math, that she can ‘come out’ and be who she is. Mean Girls isn't necessarily a Holiday Movie but there is a whole scene devoted to one of the most famous versions of Jingle Bell Rock... thus making Mean Girls a Holiday movie in our list!
The show focuses on a single year in the lives of a group of struggling artists and activists living in New York’s Alphabet City. The characters reflect a friend group of filmmakers, musicians, actors and anarchists of all kinds of sexualities and gender expressions, including gay, lesbian, bi and drag queens. In addition to celebrating the diversity of this underground arts scene, the show boldly told stories of people living with HIV and AIDS at a time when it still felt like a death sentence and there were much fewer available treatments.
Frozen is about a Princess... suprise although some say this is Disney's first gay princess! It isn’t like she has a girlfriend or any romance at all. It's the idea that she was born different. Eric Diaz at Topless Robotmovie said: “Queen Elsa’s big number, the Oscar-nominated ‘Let It Go,’ is pretty much the gay kid’s coming-out anthem for a generation. Seriously, expect a whole gaggle of musical-theater kids to belt this number out in audition after audition . . . for like, the next 30 years.”
By Joshua Beadle, Editor and Chief of SarasotaOUT.com
Ok Hunties, lets spill the T on who is, and has been on the TOP of the Sarasota Queen Scene. Here is our list:
#5. Arica Love
Arica Love may not be in Sarasota anymore but she definitely left her mark. Arica was the co-founder of Cream Thursday, one of Sarasota's most popular gay nights. She has worked at almost every Sarasota gay club, started her own Drag Queen Brunch, had her own web series, filmed a documentary and worked for OMG! Magazine *deep breath* and so much more!
#4. Rockell Blu
Rockell Blu is a relatively new queen thats ambushing the Sarasota scene. She currently hosts Elevate - Friday Nights at Starlite, has hosted her own charity event at Flamingo, was a former Vegas girl and was featured world wide on Willams Beat Down.
#3. Lindsay Carlton
Lindsay is known as the First Lady of Sarasota. She has her own music video on youtube, hosts her own showcase at the Purple Rhino and has co-stared in Sarasota's famous Drag Queen Bingo Bonanza!
#2. Spikey Van Dykey
Spikey is Sarasota and beyonds most iconic drag king. Known for her recognizable binding techniques and has been seen on stages across the nation. She's been featured on Buzzfeed and The Huffington Post plus sells her own line of custom airbrushed costumes! Spikey works hard and has earned the #2 spot on our list!
Beneva is Sarasota's most iconic drag performer with regular appearances on daytime television's Suncoast View. She has her own feature length Christmas special (Beneva’s Christmas Special), is the host of her repetitively SOLD OUT Drag Queen Bingo Bonanza and is a passionate LGBT philanthropist which makes Beneva #1 on our list of Top 5 Sarasota Drag performers!
Well there's our list! We know there are a lot of honorable mentions we didn't get to mention, like Kiki Butter Mischief, Lady Liemont - plus a slew of up-and-coming girls! We at SarasotaOUT can't wait to see what they will serve us in the years to come and we will be there to shine the spotlight on them!
By: Joel Pozo & Joshua Beadle