Welcome to The Birdcage, your weekly round-up of queer celeb news, gossip and entertainment. I'm Stephanie, a certified* celebrity and pop culture guru, and I'm here to tell you the who's who and what's what of everything going on with all our favourite LGBTQIA+ celebs.
(*not an actual certification)
Drag Race all-stars Detox and Phi Phi O'Hara offered their best tips for surviving New York Fashion Week, including how to get into a show you weren't invited to: "cause a scene! Be as loud and crazy as you can, get arrested!" offers Detox. "We've been there, done that," laughs Phi Phi.
"How do you keep your makeup looking perfect throughout the day?" asks Rebecca Laurey.
"Well, I love Instagram," replies Phi Phi.
"Filter it!" adds Detox. Basically, the clip is great and you can watch it below.
“It’s uplifting how [RuPaul] builds up the queens, he gives them tough love and they blossom throughout the series. It’s really life-affirming—but on top of everything else it’s obviously hilarious. I know all the queens now by name—we quote it left, right and centre.”
She also said she was flattered by Kaya's impression of her, saying that she "absolutely loved it, especially when she started humming to herself, ha ha ha".
She added: “Selfishly I was hoping for a more current version like a Vulnicura one lol. But she nailed the feminist activist tribal volta…[It's the] sincerest form of flattery.”
Bb-blue eyes Troye Sivan answered fan's burning questions in a new video for BuzzFeed, covering everything from coming out to his love for Miley Cyrus.
Troye says that Miley's coming out was the most influential celebrity LGBTQIA+ coming out for him because when he was "13 and watching Hannah Montana" he thought she was "the coolest person in the world".
"She wrote a song called 'My Heart Beats For Love', she said in an interview that it was about her gay best friend, and I was like 'oh my God, Miley Cyrus has a gay best friend, why am I not that person?!'"
He also says his fitness routine includes "about ten push-ups" and maybe some star jumps if he's feeling "a bit crazy", which like... same tbh.
Troye is also in the #WeAllCan campaign for American Eagle Outfitters, celebrating individuality and personal freedom without judgement.
And finally, Lady Chablis, of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil - both the non-fiction crime book as well as the Clint Eastwood movie adaptation - has passed away at 59 after being hospitalised for pneumonia earlier this week.
The transgender nightclub star rose to fame after being featured in John Berendt's real-life murder mystery novel, and when the book was set to be adapted for the big screen, Berendt quoted her as saying "‘If I’m not cast as myself in that movie, there won’t be a movie."
"So," Berendt told the Washington Post, "he cast Chablis as Chablis".
Sia released a music video for her new song "The Greatest" - a tribute to the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting. With rainbow warpaint on her cheeks, Maddie Zeigler leads a group of 49 dancers - one for every life lost that night - through the video as they dance, and dance, until the haunting end.
Demi Lovato covered Adele's "When We Were Young" while on tour in Cleveland this week, serving range.
Sydney duo Rooms released a music video for their song "Stars Beyond", which shows the deterioration of a relationship and how confusing and muddled everything can be as you're falling out of love with someone.
From the casting couch
Heather Matarazzo, your favourite sidekick best friend from The Princess Diaries and The Hairy Bird, will play Darby Dixon in indie-flick Stuck. After bending one too many rules at her job as an ER nurse, she gets sentenced to 30 days of house arrest. Here's the kicker - she's staying in the home of her ex-boyfriend, but he's there also - with his new fiancée! Sounds funny but apparently it's a drama? Who knows.
On the small screen
Hit The Floor served steamy shower HEAT between Brent Antonello's Jude and Adam Senn's Zero this week during the "Til Death Do Us Part" summer special, giving the Zude shippers everything they want in the clip below:
We also have the trailer for season 3 of Younger, starring sexually-fluid (IRL) bae Nico Tortorella, as well as Debi Mazar and Molly Bernard hooking up on-screen. Honestly this show is excellent and if you're not watching it you should be.
And finally, my chance to continue aggressively shoe-horning in my personal agenda to get you all to #BuyGloryOniTunes, 'coz Ellen DeGeneres had my girl Britney on this week. They run a stop sign, steal, and offer advice like "don't go to college and become a doctor, become a big celebrity like us".
To a group of parents, Ellen offers this gem: "If you want to be taken care of by your children, start auditioning them now."
The queen of my life is adorable throughout and this clip is very funny so hop on board, please.
On the big screen
This week, we have the trailer for Certain Women, starring Kristen Stewart, white Michelle Williams and Laura Dern. It's directed by Kelly Reichardt and is based on Maile Meloy's collection of short stories Both Ways Is The Only Way I Want It. (...same.)
Anyway, the film follows three gals in nowheresville, USA as they cross paths and blaze their imperfect trails. Looks like the kind of slow burn Oscar-bait that I will EAT UP with a glass (lol) of wine and a nice-ass cheese board.
Your weekly watch on SBS On Demand
I've been in a Elle Fanning kind of mood since I watched Batfleck's new trailer for Live By Night three times in a row last night (seriously, it's such a pretty trailer, Affleck's comin' to snatch another Oscar next year you MARK MY WORDS), so our weekly watch on this fine Saturday is Ginger and Rosa.
Starring Elle Fanning, Alice Englert and Annette Benning, Ginger and Rosa follows two teen girls in 1962 as they play truant together, discuss religion, politics and hairstyles, and dream of lives bigger than their mothers' frustrated domesticity. But, as the Cold War meets the sexual revolution, and the threat of nuclear holocaust escalates, the lifelong friendship of the two girls is shattered – by the clash of desire and the determination to survive.