Topline: Bounce artist Big Freedia and model Valentina Sampaio

Here’s what to expect from "Xtra Weekly," July 17

Hi friend, here is a tiny sampling of the stories coming your way in this week’s Xtra Weekly ‍ newsletter. Let’s get to it!


Righteous sounds. From Big Freedia and Second Seasons to Kate Can Wait, Xtra contributor Caitlyn Stall-Paquet lines up 10 queer and trans artists whose music supports anti-racist and LGBTQ2 advocacy groups. [Xtra]


On July 1, Russian voters approved a constitutional amendment that bans same-sex unions.


Brazilian model Valentina Sampaio is the first trans woman to grace the cover of Sports Illustrated . Plus, Canada’s Drag Race eliminated contestant Kyne talks about the challenges for queens of colour on the show.

All these stories and much more in this week’s Xtra Weekly.


And here’s a little gif for you. Start your weekend with some bounce.


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