Welcome to our fourth issue of QLife Magazine. Thank you to all of our readers for making our first quarter a momentous one!

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Chick-Fil-A Comes to Las Vegas

We know what you are thinking… but before you start, just know that we were also nervous. It could have gone one of two ways, and we were prepared either way. We will fill you in on the backstory before we get to tell you about the day we met with the new Las Vegas franchise owners.

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From Agent to Artist: Susan Surftone

From her FBI years to the time she sent as an NYPD officer working in Harlem, and her prolific career as a surf guitarist, out artist Susan Surftone surely spent her lifetime working with the good old boys! 

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Buns and Bonnets

Now through May is the high season in Palm Springs, with temperatures averaging in the 80s, but the lovely blue skies are not the only thing attracting gay visitors to the desert.  

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Magic Mike Live Ready to Roll

The search is over! Following a nationwide man-hunt, casting for the highly-anticipated production, MAGIC MIKE LIVE LAS VEGAS is now finalized.

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Photo Credit: Myriam Santos

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Melissa Etheridge: ‘I’m Still Here’ 

The Grammy-winning rock icon, whose coming out at the height of her career in the early ’90s paved the way for many in the LGBT community, knows the gravity mere visibility can have on the world. During this impassioned interview, Etheridge, 55, brings her centered thoughtfulness to our conversation about the precise career moments when her music incited momentous change, the influence Donald Trump is having on her latest “empowered” songwriting sessions, and why she’s not sweating the “big bully in the schoolyard.” 

Photo Credit: Courtesy of Kathy Griffin

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Kathy Griffin to the Rescue

Of course Kathy Griffin’s manager asks if our conversation is being recorded – have you heard her talk? Luckily, the celeb-skewering, gay-loving, Trump-hating comedienne’s filterless mouth moves at a meteoric pace, which is good news for anyone who wants to know her thoughts on basically everything: the practicality of celebrity activism, her idea for a My Life on the D-List spinoff and the surprising number of people she meets who say they’ve never encountered a gay person. 

Photo Credit: Denise Truscello

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Paul Lynde Returns to Las Vegas

Paul returns to Las Vegas in Michael Airington’s one man show “The Paul Lynde Show” where Airington takes the audience on a journey through Lynde’s life and career. From a struggling actor to his iconic role as The Center Square in Hollywood Squares, Airington narrates, sings, dances, and unfolds the complicated life of Paul as Paul.
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Community Marketing Survey 2017

There's power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors—and minds—around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries!
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Valentina

25, Echo Park, CA This Latina beauty hails from East Los Angeles, where she has only been doing drag for 10 months. But with a plethora of Latin influences - from telenovelas to the Miss Universe pageant - and an exceedingly polished look, this sassy young queen is a fiery addition to the race, and plans to scorch her competition.
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Twenty Years of Lips

From one small restaurant in New York’s West Village, Lips has grown into a beloved nationwide chain with five locations in  Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, San Diego and Chicago.  
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Publishers Notes

April is here and that means the sun is starting to reappear across the country. As we were finishing up this issue, we took a short road trip to Los Angeles—our first since the launch of QLife. Russ attended the GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton and Garrett scoped out the hot spots around town, including brunch at Hamburger Mary’s (we hear there’s more to this story coming). 

Photo Credit: GSBA/malcolmphoto.com

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Western Business Alliance LGBT Economic Summit

The Greater Seattle Business Association hosted the Western Business Alliance's first-ever LGBT Economic Summit on Thursday, March 16 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel. The summit addressed economic factors and policy agendas that affect LGBT- and minority-owned businesses in the 40 cities represented from Washington, Oregon, California, Nevada, Utah, Hawaii, and British Columbia.
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Jaymes Mansfield

26, Milwaukee, WI A campy queen from America’s Dairyland, Jaymes is inspired by Pee Wee Herman, Elvira, and of course her namesake Jayne Mansfield. Jaymes likes to think of herself as the “Swiss Army Knife” of drag - she's a singer, seamstress, actor, dancer… even a puppeteer. Can this quirky kook pull enough strings to become America’s Next Drag Superstar?