A recent interview between drag performer RuPaul and reporters from SiriusXM, OutQ, and HuffPost Gay Voices underlines the reason why one simply does not ask a drag performer about, well, transsexual issues.
The drag performer born RuPaul Andre Charles is kicking off a new season of his show “RuPaul’s Drag Race”, but addressed the recent cancellation of the ABC sitcom Work It. The show featured two men who dressed as women, and was resoundly attacked by transsexual and transgender activists. RuPaul stated “Don’t take life so seriously… We live in a culture where everyone is offended by everything.”
While drag performers are often placed under the auspices of the transgender label, the vast majority of them only take on a female persona (drag queens) or male persona (drag kings) for the purposes of performing and not as a routine part of their lives.
As for the humour bit…I happen to read a variety of webcomics from Quiltbag to Eerie Cuties to Menage a 3, and quite honestly, I also read a lot of Terry Pratchett. Indeed, we here at LezGetReal like a good joke. . .as evidenced by the Monty Python references.
Lance Bass also, apparently, used the word ‘tranny’, and that caused ire among transsexual and transgender activists. Bass later apologized, but RuPaul says that he should not have. The performer stated “It’s ridiculous! It’s ridiculous!… I love the word “tranny”…And I hate the fact that he’s apologized. I wish he would have said, ‘F-you, you tranny jerk!’”
When RuPaul takes off the costume, he is just another guy. He does not face the same kinds of discrimination as the vast majority of transsexual and transgender women do on a daily basis. He is a performer, plain and simple. While drag performers get lumped in with trans people, they are not really trans people. Just because they dress up as women for stage shows does not mean that they are automatically able to understand what our lives are like.