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Producers of RuPaul’s Drag Race respond to charges of anti-trans bigotry

In a recent episode, contestants were asked if a picture was of a 'female' or 'she-male'
Drag queen RuPaul

The producers of the Logo show RuPaul's Drag Race are responding to charges of bigotry against the transgender community.

In a recent episode, contestants were shown a photo and asked if the person was a 'female' or  'she-male.'

'She-male' is defamatory and is listed in GLAAD's media reference as a term that 'dehumanize[s] transgender people and should not be used.'

'We delight in celebrating every color in the LGBT rainbow,' producers RuPaul Charles, Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato, Tom Campbell, Steven Corfe, and Mandy Salangsang said in a statement, according to NewNowNext.

'When it comes to the movement of our trans sisters and trans brothers, we are newly sensitized and more committed than ever to help spread love, acceptance and understanding,' the statement continued.

Logo,  the LGBT TV channel, also released a statement.

'We have heard the concerns around this segment,' the channel said.

'We are committed to sharing a diverse range of  trans stories across all of our screens and look forward to featuring positive and groundbreaking stories of trans people in the future,' Logo's statement continued.

Gay Star News spoke with US culture blogger Junior at Juice with Junior.

He noted because the show deals with drag, 'where everything is fodder for camp,' the show's creators thought the game would be seen in a playful, and non-judgmental, light.

'They forgot they are making a television show, for public consumption,  and not a drag ball,' Junior said to GSN.

RuPaul’s Drag Race started its sixth season last month.

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