RuPaul's Drag Race, the award-winning series that pits drag queens against each other for the title of American's Next Drag Superstar, has revealed it's cast for Season 13. For the first time in the show's history, a trans man will compete in the contest.
The Queen, Gottmik, has been praised as a breath of fresh air for a show that has previously been criticised for excluding trans and non-binary Queens. Many Queens have come out as trans since departing the show, but Gottmik will be the first trans Queen to compete who hasn't been on the show before.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Gottmik said "I was always good at makeup - and if I went out in drag, it was the only time people thought I was a guy. Once I got more comfortable with myself out of drag, my drag character was able to actually be my art, and that's when I started taking it seriously."
The move came as a surprise to many, after Drag Race royalty Detox and Carmen Carrera launched a scalding attack on the show in January, accusing it of "conscious exclusion" of trans Queens, who they described as an integral part of the drag community. Many critics have accused the show's host, RuPaul, of gatekeeping drag.