Don’t Be Dumb at Brunch: A ‘Drag Race’ Holiday Special, Pushback on Trump’s Trans Erasure

Happy Sunday! It’s brunch time, and you don’t wanna be dumb. This week we bring you stories on a recently announced Drag Race holiday special, take a look at some American politicians who won’t even be getting their families’ votes in the U.S. midterms and spotlight a recent statement of support for the trans community — signed by 56 of the world’s biggest companies.

And of course we have our Whackjob of the Week. Who made the cut? Scroll down to find out.

Here are the week’s 4 news stories that’ll keep you looking well-informed at brunch:

1. Holiday Queens

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If you follow our weekly podcast, The Husbands, and read this column regularly, you know that we are huge RuPaul’s Drag Race fans. RuPaul just announced that he’s doing a special holiday edition of his popular reality show called RuPaul’s Holi-slay Spectacular. The Emmy-winning series is returning to VH1 on Dec. 7 for a one-off holiday-themed competition that’s structured similar to the show’s regular format. Both Michelle Visage and Ross Mathews are back as judges. Which queens are competing? Check it out here. Go, Latrice Royale! Ho, Ho, Ho!

2. Blood Isn’t Thicker than a Ballot

Just because you’re running for election doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll secure the votes of those who share your blood. These four candidates have family members who have come out against their candidacy, and in some instances have even actively campaigned against them. That should make for interesting family gatherings during the holiday season. Hornet asks a great question: If you were running for office, would your family support you?

3. Trump’s Trans Pushback

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As we approach Election Day on Tuesday, President Trump and his administration continue to look for classes of people they can hurt and “use” to drive-up turnout. One of the most attacked classes of people for the first two years of his term has been the trans community. He’s already tried to kick them out of the military and most recently supported a change that would require individuals to be identified, for federal purposes, by their gender at birth.

Well now 56 of America’s most prominent corporations have joined in on a statement of support to “oppose any administrative and legislative efforts to erase transgender protections.” They are also advocating for Congress to pass the Equality Act, which will ensure our Trans brothers and sisters are treated equally under the law. The Equality Act has lingered in Congress since the Obama Administration, but with Republicans in control of all or part of Congress, it hasn’t gained any traction. It’s great to see this show of support that will hopefully make the most anti-LGBTQ president in recent history think twice about attacking our community. Check out the statement and list of companies here.

4. Whackjob of the Week: Larry Sinclair, who says he had sex with Obama and is running for office

Larry Sinclair

Obama is one amazing guy, and not so bad on the eyes either. But did he really get down with convicted felon Larry Sinclair, smoke crack and have sex with him twice? Hell no. But Larry held a press conference during which he claims he and Obama got high and had sex. And even after the nationwide ridicule he’s still running against two Dems in a nonpartisan race for Mayor of Cocoa, Florida. The worst part of it? Outlets like Alex Jones’ InfoWars picked up the story and have continued to let it live for the whackjob conspiracy theorists that actually fall for this BS.

Paul Katami and Jeff Zarrillo were one of two plaintiff couples in California’s 2013 challenge of Proposition 8, which brought marriage equality back to the state after being ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court. These activists also host the weekly podcast The Husbands. Catch them there or follow them on Hornet @PaulAndJeff

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