“RuPaul’s Drag Race” Is For Everyone, Unless You’re Trans That Is

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There’s no truer irony than a drag queen limiting people who do drag and valuing their talent based on their gender identity behind their drag persona. It’s even more ironic and honestly disappointing when it comes from such an iconic LGBT figure–RuPaul.

In an interview with the “Guardian,” when asked whether or not he would allow openly trans participants on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” (RPDR) he said, “Drag loses its sense of danger and its sense of irony once it’s not men doing it, because at its core it’s a social statement and a big f-you to male-dominated culture.” He later implied on his Twitter that a trans woman transitioning was in the same category as an athlete who is doping for the Olympics.

The outrage was deafening. Many of the “Drag Race” alumni are openly trans, either identifying as women or non-binary, and weren’t afraid to voice their disapproval. Past winner, Sasha Velour who is non-binary, stated on her twitter:

My drag was born in a community full of trans women, trans men, and gender non-conforming folks doing drag. That’s the real world of drag, like it or not. I thinks it’s fabulous and I will fight my entire life to protect and uplift it.”

The outrage reached a point where RuPaul had to recant his statement and issued an apology. He tweeted, “I understand and regret the hurt I have caused… the only thing we have ever screened for is charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent.” The latter statement most likely references an allegation from drag queen and former participant, Willam, who stated that RPDR screens for trans women in order to not allow them on the show.

It’s unknown for now if these events will affect future participants chances of appearing on the show or if they will allow drag queens who came out as trans after taping from coming back. All that can be said that this shed lights all over the drag queen community.

Also RuPaul used the wrong flag in his apology tweet. He used the train flag, not trans.


By Jalyn Long, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep

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