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Queerty Announces Jinkx Monsoon to Host The 12th AnnualQueerties Awards

Show;Paula Abdul to beHonored with StraightUp Ally Award

Paula Abdul (Photo By Sebastian Smith)

Queerty, the LGBTQ+ entertainmentnews site, has announced that Jinkx Monsoon will host the 12th anniversary Queerties awards, taking place March 12th in Los Angeles,and Paula Abdul will be honoredwith the Straight Up Ally Award. TheQueerties is a celebration ofentertainment and pop culturemoments that defined the past yearin the LGBTQ+ community. It isdesigned to uplift and spotlight LGBTQ+ creators, tastemakers, andstorytellers who are not oftenrecognized at other award shows.Says Jinkx Monsoon, “With me hosting The Queerties, you canexpect lots of humor with areverence to the great female hosts before me. Joan Rivers, Whoopi, Rosie… they taught me all I need to know: look good, be funny, throwthings at the audience."

"I wanted to host The Queertiesbecause I’ve won enough awards,”Monsoon laughs. “No, seriously, Ican’t think of a better evening thancelebrating the queerest of thequeer. These awards are so

important. Just because the worldisn’t ready to recognize ourgreatness all at once doesn’t mean

we aren’t great, so let’s celebrate it."

On being presented with theStraight Up Ally award, Paula Abdul says, "I am so honored to receivethe Straight Up Ally Award from the Queerties and the Queertyteam. The LGBTQ+ community hasalways held such an enormously large place in my heart, soul andbeing. They themselves have truly been such magnificent allies to me,which I’m eternally grateful for. I’m

so looking forward to celebratingwith the other honorees, the gaycommunity andmy peers on

this very specialevening."

David Archuleta, whose song"Afraid To Love"is nominated in

the Music Videocategory, willperform live atThe Queerties. He

rose to fame as the first runnerup in Season 7of American Idol. In 2020,

David Archuleta released his eighthalbum, Therapy Sessions, which

offered a peak into his internalstruggle with himself: a battle he has

experienced for most of his life. In2021, he came out as part of the

LGBTQ+ community.“The Queerties gives voice to the

LGBTQ+ community,” Scott Gatz of

Q.Digital, the parent company of

Queerty, explains. “It is the pop

culture awards show where queer

people honor the best of the best by

voting for the talent and creatives

they feel will have the most lasting

impact on the next generation of

queer youth.”

Nominees for The Queerties were selected by theeditors at Queerty. Queerty readers

are voting on their favorites nowthrough February 22nd. Categories

range from the “Badass” award,honoring the year’s top LGBTQ+newsmakers, to “Coming Out for

Good”, an award recognizing bravenotables who shook up mainstreamAmerica with their coming outstories, and awards for excellence inmusic, TV, cinema and more.Nominees for thisyear’s “Badass” include gender fluid actor Bella Ramsey (Game of Thrones and The Last of Us)

and Ncuti Gatwa (DoctorWho and Sex Education). Hunter Schafer (Euphoria) and Filipino-

American beauty influencer and social media personality Bretman Rock are among those vying for thecoveted “Style Icon” award. Joe Locke (Heartstopper), Karan Brar,and Wayne Brady are some of thestars being heralded for officially andunapologetically coming out this

year as LGBTQ+.In the performance categories, Colman Domingo (Rustin), Andrew

Scott (All of Us Strangers) and LilyGladstone (Killers of the FlowerMoon) are among those competingin “Film Performance” while Kit Connor (Heartstopper), Matt Bomer (Fellow Travelers) and Miss Benny (Glamorous) battle it out inthe TV category. Ice Spice, Victoria Monét, and Reneé Rapp are among the divas squaring off to be named the year’s “Breakout

Musical Artist”.And what is a queer award

show without at least a little

drama? The 12th anniversary

Queerties will award the “Best

Feud” prize to the most legendary

rivalry of all time. Nominees include Joan Crawford vs. Bette Davis, Mariah Carey vs. Jennifer Lopez, and Kim Cattrall vs. Sarah Jessica Parker.

Bianca Del Rio - (photo by David Laffee)

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12th Annual Queerties Award

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