‘Canada’s Drag Race’ debuts, the president of Poland’s constitutional homophobia and Halle Berry’s trans snafu

Here’s what to expect from Xtra Weekly, July 10

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Is RuPaul afraid of ice? Canada’s Drag Race, a non-RuPaul variant of the Drag Race franchise, debuted, and Xtra’s Drag Race herstorian Kevin O’Keeffe has the Canuck kiki on the inaugural episode. Spoiler alert: One of the queens went home.


Polish President Andrzej Duda proposed changing the country’s constitution to ban LGBTQ couples from adopting children. He and his opponent, Warsaw mayor Rafa Trzaskowski, are polling neck-and-neck ahead of Sunday’s presidential run-off vote. But the news out of Eastern Europe isn’t all bad: Maksym Eristavi reports on how LGBTQ activists from Russia and Ukraine to Moldova are finding novel ways to fight the good fight.


Pulling a ScarJo. Last week, Halle Berry announced she was playing a trans man in an upcoming project, and misgendered the character during an Instagram Live interview—but has since pulled out and apologized after facing major backlash . Plus, Dolly Parton really loves her gays .

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


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