RuPaul would ‘probably not’ allow transitioning queens on ‘Drag Race’

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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RuPaul doesn’t think he would allow transitioning transgender contestants on “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Speaking with the Guardian, RuPaul explains that to him the purpose of drag would be lost if “bio queens,” cis-gender women who participate in the art of drag, were on the show.

“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,” RuPaul says. “So for men to do it, it’s really punk rock, because it’s a real rejection of masculinity.”

As for transgender queens, RuPaul noted that he has allowed it before but under certain rules. Peppermint became the first openly transgender queen to compete in season nine.

“Mmmm. It’s an interesting area. Peppermint didn’t get breast implants until after she left our show; she was identifying as a woman, but she hadn’t really transitioned,” RuPaul told the Guardian.

However, if a transgender contestant was actively transitioning RuPaul says he doesn’t think they should be competing on the show.

“Probably not. You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body. It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing. 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,” RuPaul says.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race” season 10 premieres on Thursday, March 22 at 8 p.m. on VH1 with guest judge Christina Aguilera.

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