RuPaul Andre Charles was born 54 years ago. He didn’t get his fame from his drag show. Although he did get his fame from drag. Living in Atlanta, many years ago, he became a well-known drag queen. And why not, he is a gorgeous woman! So, then he took the show to New York. He was first nationally recognized due to his appearance in the music video “Love Shack” by the B-52s in 1989. After that, he released a few albums, modelled, and wrote his autobiography. However, he came to be nearly a household word after the brainchild of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” began years ago.
The show is approaching its 8th season, and some of the transgendered women and men in drag on the show over these years have themselves become fairly well known. The US and UK wait for the next season, but in the meantime, there are always episodes of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” or “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” airing on truTV and LOGO.
There has never been a question of RuPaul’s sexual identity. He has declared for many, many years that he is an African-American gay man. He has a partner of many years, and thinks of himself as “RuPaul, an extension of the power that created the universe.” He refers to his audiences as “my gay brothers and sisters,” and then has been known in the past to encourage them to follow their dreams.
He has done exactly that. He has dreamt and worn taffeta, and sprinkled pixy dust. At the end of the day, he is a dapper, well-read and very spiritual man. A gay man who has carried transsexualism into the mainstream, on the skirt-tail of a drag queen. Definitions? Labels? All unnecessary. He is who he is, and he loves himself enough to be at peace with the rest of the world. Everybody say “Love!”
Can we get an Amen up in here???