This Week's Gay Agenda: Jake Shears, Bob the Drag Queen & Patti LaBelle


Gay Agenda is a new column for Billboard Pride where we run down a few fab things before the weekend. Between new tracks, music videos and pop culture moments, we want our readers to be prepared for boozy brunch conversation.

For this week's edition, we have a gag-worthy Dua Lipa parody, some Emmy love for a queer icon (no, not RuPaul) and a self-described suspiciously large woman. 

Running With Scissor (Sisters)
Indie dance duo Sofi Tukker’s new single, "F--- They” was co-written with Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears and Evermore's Jon Hume. Shears’ influence is especially apparent; if you’re a fan of “Let’s Have a Kiki,” definitely give this a spin.

A 'Suspiciously Large Woman'
Bob the Drag Queen is one of the funniest queens to enter the RuPaul’s Drag Race workroom, so it’s no surprise that she’s been given her own comedy special. Suspiciously Large Woman airs Sunday, July 16 at 8 p.m. ET on Logo.

Let's Hear It for the Girls
It’s an amazing week for new releases by lady up-and-comers: 15-year old Billie Eilish, Katy Perry signee CYN and Ed Sheeran's gal pal Nina Nesbitt all have saccharine offerings. Another chick we're excited about? Grace Mitchell. Not only is she a fierce ally to the LGBTQ community, but her latest single, “Come Back For You,” is a dream.

Patti is a 'Diva'
As if Daytime Divas wasn’t LGBTQ-friendly enough -- the show features several prominent queer storylines -- recording legend
Patti LaBelle and trans activist Janet Mock will be making guest appearances on Monday's episode (July 17), which airs at 10 p.m. ET on VH1.

Openly gay singer-songwriter Jeffery Austin has followed up his debut single “Only You” -- which racked up 1.6 million streams on Spotify -- with the synthy “Stay the Night.” The ballad shows Austin turning to a more pop-friendly sound. Think of it as a less-desperate companion to Sam Smith's "Stay With Me."

Dua Gets Parodied
Well, that was fast! Dua Lipa unleashed her meticulously choreographed “New Rules” a week ago, and the gays have already created their own (impressive) version. Check out Twitter user Jake Wilson and Co.’s take on the visual.


Lost in the buzz that RuPaul’s Drag Race received eight (!) Emmy nominations was a shocker: Stranger Things star and queer heroine Shannon Purser got a nod for her role on the Netflix juggernaut. Purser faces stiff competition, with Alison Wright (The Americans), Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale), Cicely Tyson (How to Get Away With Murder), Ann Dowd (The Leftovers) and Laverne Cox (Orange Is the New Black) in the category.


So thankful. I'll see you at the Emmy's!!!!

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Weekend 'Warriors'
To close out this week’s edition, we’ve got a cool new track from Australian band Tigertown. Check out the anthemic “Warriors” below.