A standout contestant in the second season of RuPaul's Drag Race and spinoff series Drag U, Morgan McMichaels (Thomas White) has stayed busy entertaining audiences with her unique performance style and brash personality. Now "she" wipes off the make-up for a spirited conversation with author Josh Sabarra in another episode of Porn Again: The Podcast. They chat about what it takes to be a good drag queen, the current state of trans issues, and his upcoming appearance at RuPaul's DragCon 2016 in Los Angeles May7-8.
"As Thomas, I am the polar opposite of Morgan -- I don't want to be seen, talked to or heard from; I like my little bubble and my little space. That's my downtime. But, as Morgan -- you have to take every picture and talk to every single person. That's your duty as a queen. They're not there for you; you're there for them," Morgan explains to Josh about the difference between his famous drag persona and personal life.
Morgan continues to be outspoken about the need to help lift up transgender people who still feel marginalized in the larger LGBT community: "If you keep letting the little things -- like calling people a tranny or calling a trans girl 'he' -- all those little things become too much. Gay people, in general, have so many more rights than trans people, and I think it's our duty as gay men and gay women to help out our trans brothers and sisters because, let's bring them to where we are and then let's keep fighting to get everything. I feel like the trans community has been left behind a little bit by the gay community, and I don't like that."
Queens who've partcipated in Drag Race over the years have had lots to say about RuPaul, and Morgan offers her own opinions on working with the show's head glamazon: "It's definitely creativity. You can have all the money in the world and still be busted as shit. With RuPaul, she looks amazing. It's her attitude, always positive. That's what makes her the star. You can never be prepared for Rupaul's Drag Race -- no matter how many costumes you have, how many wigs, how many times you've seen each episode. Ru keeps it so fresh and shady. You never know what you're gonna get."
Morgan McMichaels will be at RuPaul's DragCon 2016 in Los Angeles May7-8 with a multitude of other drag stars and celebrities. "I'm getting a Rascal this year! I'm going to have a little red wagon with all my shit in it...," Morgan says about her appearance this weekend.
Listen to the full podcast episode below.
Best-selling author Josh Sabarra will be signing copies of Porn Again: A Memoir at RuPaul's DragCon 2016, May 7-8, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. Tickets are available at RuPaulsDragCon.com.