RuPaul’s Drag Race Christmas special and its trans-inclusive change

RuPaul in drag

The RuPaul’s Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular Christmas special made a subtle change to an iconic Drag Race staple to make it more trans-inclusive. Sonique, who competed on Season 2 of Drag Race back in 2010 and revealed her transgender identity when the season came to the end, was one of those who are going to take part in the Christmas special this year and who will represent the trans community there. The inclusion of Sonique comes after a firestorm sparked by RuPaul in March, when the TV host suggested that his show should not have been female-inclusive. Sonique’s trans identity was not referenced on the special, but Drag Race made one very subtle change. There is one cliche which RuPaul uses in every episode of his show – he says “Gentleman, start your engines, and may the best woman win”. But this time Ru changed the phrase, adding just one little, but very important word – “Ladies and gentleman, start your engines, and may the best woman win.”


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