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RuPaul's speaks on LGBTQ+ rights after Emmy's nominations

This week, it was announced that RuPaul’s Drag Race was nominated for a total of  11 Emmy Awards. Once again, the reality tv show will be regarded as a star contender at the 74th annual Emmy Awards Show. 

After news broke about the nominations, RuPaul himself shared a rare public statement on social media regarding basic human rights for LGBTQ+ people being threatened. 

“As the basic human rights of LGBTQ+ people are being threatened once again, I want to thank our peers in the Television Academy for acknowledging the achievements of the beautiful and talented souls that work in front of and behind the cameras at RuPaul’s Drag Race.”

Ru continued to acknowledge the power of the show’s meaning, saying: 

“Through the miracle of drag, our spectacular Season 14 queens have touched hearts and opened minds around the planet,” said RuPaul’s Instagram post. “We will never take for granted the platform we’ve been given to tell authentic queer stories, and pledge to do everything in our power to continue to spread light, love, and laughter.”

 

 

 

Season 14 of the hit drag competition series was particularly special as it featured a recorded number of transgender contestants. Kerri Colby and Kornbread ‘The Snack’ Jete were both out when the season began. 

Three queens officially came out during the airing of the season—Jasmine Kennedie, Bosco and ultimately the season’s winner Willow Pill. 

 

 

Over the years, fans have seen other reputable queens come out as transgender. Artists like Peppermint, GiGi Goode, Laganja Estranja and Kylie Sonique Lover are just some of the talents to come out of the show. 

The Emmy Awards will air Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on NBC. Check out this year’s other nominees here

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