Drag Race Contestants Are Calling Out RuPaul For His Controversial Comments On Trans Queens

"Trans folks are within the DNA of drag."

RuPaul has apologised for his controversial comments about trans drag queens after a huge backlash from Drag Race fans and contestants.

Speaking to The Guardian, the influential drag queen said that he wouldn’t allow trans contestants who have “really transitioned” on to the show, citing season nine queen Peppermint as an example:

Peppermint didn’t get breast implants until after she left our show; she was identifying as a woman, but she hadn’t really transitioned… You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body. We’ve had some girls who’ve had some injections in the face and maybe a little bit in the butt here and there, but they haven’t transitioned.

His comments were immediately condemned by the wider LGBT community, who sought  to remind RuPaul that trans people and drag have always been linked – take for instance Marsha P Johnson, the trans drag queen who played a key role in the gay rights movement of the 1960s.

Also, as fans have pointed out, the argument that it would be unfair to allow contestants with female bodies on the show doesn’t stand up when you consider the countless queens who’ve had plastic surgery to make them look more feminine.

Besides, there have already been trans contestants on RuPaul’s Drag Race – Peppermint entered as a trans woman, while Monica Beverly Hillz came out during season five – and a significant number of queens have come out as trans or non-binary after their time on the show.

These queens, along with some of their fellow Drag Race contestants, have made it very clear that they don’t share RuPaul’s views:

RuPaul apologised last night for his words, tweeting that he has never purposefully excluded trans contestants on the show:

Each morning I pray to aside aside everything I think I know, so I may have an open mind and a new experience. I understand and regret the hurt I have caused. The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers.

“In the ten years we’ve been casting Drag Race, the only thing we’ve ever screened for is charisma, uniqueness, nerve and talent. And that will never change.”

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