RuPaul apologizes for controversial transgender drag queen comments

By : MARIAH COOPER OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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RuPaul has apologized for controversial statements he made regarding the place of transgender individuals in the drag community.

Ru stated he would “probably not” allow a transitioning transgender person compete on “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and explained Peppermint was an exception because she had not fully transitioned.

“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 told the Guardian.

Later he tweeted, “You can take performance enhancing drugs and still be an athlete, just not in the Olympics,” which caused even more backlash.

Many people, including “RuPaul’s Drag Race” alumni, sent tweets of support to the transgender community and made it clear they didn’t agree with RuPaul’s thoughts.

RuPaul has now issued an apology for his comments.

“Each morning I pray to set 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,” RuPaul tweeted.

He added, “In the 10 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.”

Image is screenshot courtesy of YouTube

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