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Who is Rupaul and Why is His Relation Tense With Trans Gender Community?

Who is Rupaul

Who is Rupaul

The full name of Rupaul is RuPaul Andre Charles and He is America’s favourite drag queen, TV host, actor, musician and model was born on November 17, 1960. Among his many honours are 12 Primetime Emmy Awards, three GLAAD Media Awards, a Critics’ Choice Television Award, two Billboard Music Awards and a Tony Award for his work on the reality competition series RuPaul’s Drag Race as a producer, host and judge. The title “Queen of Drag” has been bestowed upon him.

What is the Relation of Rupaul With the Transgender Community?

Multiple scandals have surrounded RuPaul because of his transphobic remarks and behaviour. According to the reports, his relationship with the trans community is tense because of their apparent inability to reconcile their divergent worldviews.

While he uses drag to poke fun at gender and identity norms, he believes that the trans community takes identity too seriously. Sonique, Carmen Carrera, Jiggly Caliente, Monica Beverly Hillz, Kenya Michaels and Gia Gunn are just a few of the trans women who have competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race and openly discussed their trans identity.


As the show progressed into later seasons, transgender contestants began to appear. Peppermint made history in 2017 as the first openly transgender female contestant and Gottmik made history in 2021 as the first openly transgender male.

RuPaul blasted the censors for their bad-faith efforts and clarified that the term tranny included all transgender people, not just trans women. In an interview with The Guardian published in 2018, RuPaul said that a transgender woman who had already undergone her transition (like Peppermint) “probably not” be accepted onto the show.

After receiving backlash on social media and from former contestants, RuPaul made a comparison between transgender drag queens who have transitioned and athletes who have used performance-enhancing drugs which drew further criticism.

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Let’s read about Rupaul’s professional life. In the below section, we updated you with the latest updates on his career and about his first album.

Which is the First Album of Rupaul?

According to the reports we can say that World’s Top Supermodel is the first album of Rupaul.  And after that Foxy Female and Ho Ho Ho Released in 1993, Supermodel of the World featured dance/house music from RuPaul.

Dance floor staple “Supermodel (You Better Work)” was lifted from this album which was released by the rap label Tommy Boy. It reached number 45 on the Billboard Hot 100. It made its way into the top 40 of the UK Singles Chart.

The song reached its highest position of #2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart. The song’s success can be attributed to numerous factors including radio play, MTV’s heavy rotation of the music video and TV appearances on shows like The Arsenio Hall Show.

How Much Did Rupaul Struggle to Make His Career?

On November 17, 1960 RuPaul Charles was born to Ernestine Toni and Irving Andrew Charles in San Diego. Both of her parents were natives of the Magnolia State. His mother gave him the name “Ru” which is an adaptation of the French word for the floury substance used in making gumbo and other creole soups and stews.

When RuPaul was 15, he and his sister Renetta uprooted to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue acting careers. In the 1980s, RuPaul worked at Atlanta’s renowned Plaza Theatre while he fought for success as a musician and filmmaker. Starting in 1982, he made regular appearances on an Atlanta public access variety show called The American Music Show.


In addition to mainstream filmmaking, he was involved in the production of the low budget film Star Booty and the corresponding album. He was a regular at Larry Tee’s Atlanta Celebrity Club as a bar dancer and musician with his band Wee Wee Pole.

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In addition to singing with Glen Meadmore, drag queen Vaginal Davis and RuPaul both contributed their talents as backup singers. In 1989, RuPaul gained widespread recognition as a dancer in The B-52s’ “Love Shack” music video.

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