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RuPaul’s Drag Race

RuPaul’s Drag Race is a reality TV show whereby contestants compete to become RuPaul’s America’s next drag superstar. The show is aired internationally and is the highest rated show on its channel, Logo TV after running for 8 seasons. The show won a GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Reality Program in 2010 and RuPaul also won an Emmy in 2016 for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program which is such an amazing achievement. The other issue that the “pussyhat” poses is that it also excludes transwomen. Although RuPaul’s drag race doesn’t 100% focus on transgender women (some contestants, since being on the show, have transitioned fully including Carmen Carrera and Monica Beverly Hillz), more that of drag queens, where men transform into their female persona or alter ego, it again raises the question of what it is to be classed as ‘a woman’. With this show being so celebrated and globally known, it suggests that this is not only excelling in terms of entertainment but also for the LGBTQ community in terms of acceptance and I applaud it.  I think that RuPaul has done an amazing thing here, by creating a place where people can get their name out there and fully embrace their true self, as RuPaul’s Drag Race has been known to launch people into stardom.

Natasha Perkin

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