Anyone can be a queen — according to RuPaul’s Drag Race star Agnes Moore, aka Peppermint! The transgender drag queen found herself at the center of a controversy when her appearance on the show prompted a discussion as to whether or not out trans women should be allowed to compete on the reality series (at the time, Peppermint — who had not yet had top surgery — was the first trans queen to enter the competition as an out contestant). RuPaul initially came under fire for saying that trans queens should “probably not” participate on the series, but has since apologized for the statements.
As for the woman at the center of the drama, she had nothing but supportive words for fellow trans queens who aspire to compete on the show. “Bitch, do it! Do it, let your titties out — well, maybe don’t take your titties out — but do it if you’re trans, if you’re queer, if you’re gender non-binary, you’re gender non-conforming — show people that you have whatever talents you have,” she exclusively gushed to Life & Style at the All Stars Season 3 premiere. “As long as you have that talent, it will speak for itself. I think the fact that I came in first runner-up says all that needs to be said.”
While Ru’s initial statements suggested that “changing” one’s body “changes the whole concept of what we’re doing” didn’t sit well with fans of the show, Peppermint was the first to admit that she understands why people aren’t necessarily comfortable with trans women doing drag — while proving how antiquated their views sound, especially in the context of drag culture. “I think I can definitely understand where people come from when they feel like drag is for men and drag is dressing up as women — but you know what? There are a lot of people who say marriage is between a man and a woman,” Peppermint quipped to Life & Style.
She continued, “There are a lot of people who have traditional values and those are valid opinions, but the bottom line is we are moving forward and either you can stay behind or you can move forward, and women can do anything that men can do. Trans women can do anything that cisgender women can do. We’re all equal. Drag is drag.”
For more exclusive content, sign up for our Life & Style newsletter!