RuPaul finally changes iconic Drag Race catchphrase to be more inclusive of trans and non-binary queens

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Across 12 seasons and countless spin-offs, nearly every episode of the reality TV show has featured the line: “Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best woman win.” However, This New Years Weekend premier of the show’s 13th season revealed that the line has been switched up. In its place, RuPaul opts for the more inclusive: “Racers, start your engines, and may the best drag queen win!” The more inclusive language recognises the fact that not every contestant on the show is a cisgender man, and not all of their drag personas are specifically women – with a number of trans and non-binary Drag Race alum, and plenty more who use drag to explore gender-fluidity. Noting the show’s slowness to adapt, a fan posted on Twitter: “This is so important! I’m so glad RuPaul is finally taking accountability and being responsible for his queer audience.” The changing times is likely not the only reason for the change. Season 13 features the first trans man to appear on the show. Gottmik was notable in the premiere to say… “I was a woman, who transitioned to a man, who is dressing up as a woman.” Everyone at Queer News Tonight cheered that moment.

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