Articles tagged with: drag

Toronto’s Eastside Movement

published: March, 31, 2016 Categories // DJ Relentless, Community Events, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Fundraisers, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Our DJ Relentless on the new part of town for LGBT Entertainment

Toronto’s Eastside Movement

Spring seems like its coming and so is a change of scenery for the LGBT community. If you live in Toronto, everyone is familiar with The Gay Village on Church Street and of course the alternative scene on Queen Street West. But have you heard about The Eastside Movement?  I would say it started with a bar called WAYLA about 5 years ago. Great spot. It's actually an auto garage converted into a bar and nightclub. I have spun there on many occasions and even had a few consistent events that r

Catching up with the first Miss America to champion AIDS awareness

published: September, 29, 2015 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Activism, Current Affairs, Women, Features and Interviews, International , Mark S. King

Mark S King says “When Miss Florida 1992, Leanza Cornett, competed for the crown of Miss America 1993, . . we adored her because she proudly chose an AIDS awareness platform — and she meant it down to her lovely bones.”

Catching up with the first Miss America to champion AIDS awareness

When Miss Florida 1992, Leanza Cornett, competed for the crown of Miss America 1993, she didn’t just have gay hearts aflutter over our love for pageant competitions. We adored her because she proudly chose an AIDS awareness platform — and she meant it down to her lovely bones. When she won, she made good on her promise to bring HIV issues to an audience that wasn’t used to Miss America hanging out with dying gay men or performing condom demonstrations. My interview with the groundbre

It's summertime and the POZ-TO monthly fundraiser is switching gears

published: July, 22, 2014 Categories // Fundraisers, Events, Features and Interviews

DJ Relentless interviews new POZ-TO party hostess Miss Barbie Jo Bontemps about love life and HIV

It's summertime and the POZ-TO monthly fundraiser is switching gears

It's summertime and the POZ-TO monthly fundraiser is switching gears. We are proud to announce that we have a new party hostess…..the fabulous Miss Barbie Jo Bontemps! Originally from Toronto but quite worldly in her travels, Barbie Jo speaks several languages and recently celebrated her first anniversary as a fixture on the Toronto nightlife scene. After competing last year in Crews & Tangos' Drag Race, Barbie Jo has returned as a contestant and we wish her well. But when she approache

I’m just not that kind of girl

published: June, 11, 2013 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

DJ Relentless on tranny love and how he deals with suitors when he’s Jade Elektra.

I’m just not that kind of girl

It's that wonderful time of the year when some young men's fancies turn to finding the company of lovely beauties. The beauties are fashionable. They love attention and you might even say these gyrls have something extra. I'm talking about the men who are better known as "tranny chasers" and the gyrls are transsexuals or female impersonators. And given the fact that I have a stage persona known as Jade Elektra, I often get what I call "tranny mail". Very forward messages from aggressive young

Big Apple dreams of success

published: February, 28, 2013 Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Music

DJ Relentless and the reality of NYC life.

Big Apple dreams of success

Lately I have been getting inquiries about what it's like to live in New York City. Many of my acquaintances  and friends in the arts here in Toronto are all falling in love with the idea of moving to the Big Apple. I try to tell them that New York is magical and it will definitely cast a spell on you with all of it's legends and tales of success and stardom, but all that glitters isn't gold. I remember my first trip to New York City. It was in late September of 1990. I was there to audition

Born This Way….no, I mean Marketed This Way

published: January, 11, 2013 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Opinion Pieces

Another blog by DJ Relentless: “Last year I wrote about two artists who came "out" over the summer - Azealia Banks and Frank Ocean. But now I am beginning to wonder if it was just a marketing ploy”

Born This Way….no, I mean Marketed This Way

This past week, Azealia Banks got into a twitter war with Perez Hilton when he blogged about her beef with up and coming rapper, Angel Haze. I think in an attempt to shed some light on Azealia's child-like attention seeking behavior he tweeted that he liked her music but she tends to drag others down instead of lifting people up. Banks then tweeted to Perez, "omg u should just kill yourself…. Like for real" followed by "lol what a messy faggot you are." Now…I'm not the biggest Perez Hilt

Relentlessly speaking about 2012

published: December, 30, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Opinion Pieces

Toronto’s DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra and his year in review

Relentlessly  speaking about 2012

You know….a man never forgets finding his first chest hair in his whiskey. Especially if it isn't his. And believe it or not, that's how I feel about 2012. While some great things happened during this year, there were quite a few moments I was extremely disappointed with. I mean, don't get me wrong, I am overjoyed that Obama was re-elected, but the process was despicable! Watching the U.S. show the real underbelly of racism and ignorance was just embarrassing. Seeing how divided the country

PositiveLite.com interviews Alphonso King.

published: April, 16, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // DJ Relentless, Arts and Entertainment, Features and Interviews, Music, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Alphonso King is DJ Relentless. He’s also drag performer and recording artist Jade Elektra. And he’s out about his HIV-positive status. Bob Leahy interviews this fascinating multi-facetted man.

PositiveLite.com interviews Alphonso King.

Bob Leahy: Hi Alphonso. Thank you for talking to PositiveLite.com.  You’re no stranger of course, because you have your own column on our site  but I’m really liking the chance to ask you a few questions and get to know you better.  You really are an interesting person, with more than one story to tell. Right now for instance you have your music career as DJ Relentless and as a recording artist, your drag career as Jade Elektra and then, of course you happen to be HIV-positive and entir

A (Poz) Insider's Look at the World of Drag

published: April, 14, 2012 Categories // Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV

Our DJ Relentless aka Jade Elektra: “The drag world still fascinates me. What motivates a man to put on a dress and act like a woman?"

A (Poz) Insider's Look at the World of Drag

Inside tbe world of drag Most of you know me as DJ Relentless, but I am also known as Jade Elektra and I just spent Easter Weekend in Chicago competing in The Miss Continental Elite Pageant. As an out HIV-positive person, it was really a great weekend for me to represent Canada in my first national pageant. Ever since I came out on the gay scene back in Tampa in the mid 80's, the drag world has always been a major fascination for me. I remember going to The El Goya and seeing my first drag s

Dealing with Shame can be a Drag

published: March, 25, 2012 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Performances, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Mark S. King

Mark S. King says “Being a drag queen, even for a night, terrified and delighted me. But the performer in me won out, wouldn’t you know, and Anita Mann was born.” The rest is history!

Dealing with Shame can be a Drag

We’re born naked… and the rest is drag.” — RuPaul When I was nine years old, I took my parents’ album of the Broadway musical “Damn Yankees” and memorized every syllable of Gwen Verdon’s show stopper, “Who’s Got the Pain When They Do the Mambo?” Once I was satisfied with my lip-synching and choreography (I decided that a mambo was a dance in which young boys gyrated and flung themselves on and off the living room sofa), the number was ready for public display. The premi

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