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Interview: Ongina On The “RuPaul’s Drag Race” Lost Season, HIV Advocacy, And Shady Queens

1 November 2013 1:36 PM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Season one of RuPaul’s Drag Race is over four years old, yet it’s wildly re-watchable even considering how much flashier and bigger the drag queen competition has become. Though Bebe Zahara Benet walked off with the title of that so-called “lost season,” her competitor Ongina — a.k.a. Ryan Ong Palao — was an endearing, adorable presence who gave us incredible moments, including a tearful admission of her HIV-positive status to RuPaul following a challenge victory. For regular Logo viewers, Ongina’s face and saucy voice seem to be everywhere considering she’s a spokesperson for OraQuick, the first in-home oral HIV test.

We caught up with Ongina to discuss that mystical first season of Drag Race, how life has changed since disclosing her HIV status on the show, and the kinds of drag queens who throw her some shady side-eye on the road.

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- Louis Virtel

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RuPaul Talks 'Drag Race' Hits -- and Misses!

23 September 2013 10:50 AM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

When RuPaul's Drag Race sashayed into our lives in February 2009, it didn't instantly snatch wigs. In fact, it's taken six seasons (including one All-Stars edition) for the show to permeate the mainstream, earn inclusion in nearly every "Snubbed By Emmy" story and be considered Must See TV.

But loyal fans have known since day one that RuPaul was on to something special with this eleganza extravaganza, and now Logo's giving Johnny-come-lately's the chance to come correct and -- finally -- experience the first edition of Drag Race! The 9-episode season, which has not been re-aired or available on DVD due to legal issues, premieres tonight and includes never-before-seen footage, new cast interviews and "peek-a-Ru" pop-up commentary!

ETonline caught up with the H.B.I.C. to talk about revisiting the first season, the show's ultimate legacy and why drag -- and Drag Race -- still has a long way to go to truly be considered "popular culture »

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Puppets Now Apparently Most At Risk For HIV

11 March 2013 6:51 AM, PDT | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Some basic facts: in the U.S. more than one million people are living with HIV, one in five are unaware they're infected, there are approximately 50,000 new infections each year and sexually active gay men are still the most at risk for HIV infection in the U.S.

You probably wouldn't be aware of those facts by watching television these days. It's been several years since a major TV character on a scripted American series dealt with HIV infection. ER had physician's assistant Jeanie Boulet, Queer as Folk had Ben Bruckner, in 2010 Brothers & Sisters had Uncle Saul. After that the pickings are astoundingly slim.

It's not much better in the realm of reality television. Uncle Poodle might have recently come out as HIV positive, but he did that outside of the popular TLC series Here Comes Honey Boo Boo. Sure, MTV might have given us Pedro Zamora way back in »

- dennis

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