This story contains spoilers for the latest episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars 4.
RuPaul’s Drag Race alum, Gia Gunn, has credited the reality show with making her ‘the proud trans woman’ that she now is.
Gunn first competed on season six of Drag Race in 2014. She revealed her gender identity as a trans woman last year and had begun transitioning.
This year she returned to Drag Race on All Stars 4, making her the first openly trans person to compete on the show. Previous contestants, Peppermint and Monica Beverly Hillz, came out as trans during their seasons.
Trans drag queens on the show has been a controversial topic. RuPaul famously put his foot in it last year when he said trans queens who had plastic surgery would not be allowed on the show.
Writing on Twitter, he apologized: ‘Each morning I pray to set aside everything I THINK I know, so I may have an open mind and a new experience.’
He added: ‘I understand and regret the hurt I have caused. The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers.’
But Gunn revealed that Drag Race helped shaped her identity as a trans woman.
She made the admission speaking to Michelle Visage in the webseries, Whatcha Packin, after her elimination from All Stars 4.
‘RuPaul’s Drag Race is the reason why I’m the proud trans woman I am today,’ Gunn said.
‘That’s why I got the call (to do All Stars 4), that it was so, so special for me to know that after all the rumors and the drama that these doors were being opened to me.’
RuPaul is ‘ignorant’
Gunn’s comments in the video seem to contradict an outburst she had on stage at a recent gig.
‘Welcome to the world of drag that includes transgender,’ Gunn said onstage.
‘Fuck Miss RuPaul and her ignorant ass comments.
‘We are coming into 2019. I’m tired of giving hos credit when they don’t deserve it.
‘It’s time to give credit to what makes the world go round: us queens and us as a community.’