Over the last few years, RuPaul's Drag Race has been consistently expanding the types of drag performers it has cast in the series. Much of this came after series host RuPaul was heavily criticized for comments related to the casting of trans drag performers and cisgender women who do drag. Season 14 will expand even more.
RuPaul's Drag Race season 14 will begin airing on January 7, 2022, as announced tonight in a Meet the Queen's reveal hosted by season 13 winner Symone. The episode will be the first of a two-part premiere introducing the 14 competing queens to the Werk Room where they will face off for $100,000 and the title of America's Next Drag Superstar. After the episode airs, RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked will kick off its new season.
In this new crop of contestants, there is a history-maker: Maddy Morphosis will make history as the first-ever cisgender, heterosexual queen on RuPaul's Drag Race.
Season 14 of RuPaul's Drag Race has 14 contestants: Angeria Paris VanMichaels, Bosco, Daya Betty, Deja Skye, Jasmine Kennedie, Jorgeous, June Jambalaya, Kerri Colby, Kornbread "The Snack" Jete, Lady Camden, Maddy Morphosis, Orion Story, and Willow Pill. In addition to Morphosis, who is the first cisgender, heterosexual competitor, the show boasts two trans competitor: Kerry Colby and Kornbread "The Snack" Jete.
Read on to see a few history-making competitors from Drag Race over the years.
Competing on season 14, Maddy Morphosis is the first cisgender, heterosexual queen on RuPaul's Drag Race. The series describes her as a "small-town camp and comedy queen." They go on to write that her "quirky performances set her apart from the pack." Previously, Morphosis has been romantically linked to another drag performer, Liza Montgomery who is a bio queen. The status of their relationship is unknown.
She follows Scaredy Kat, a competitor in RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. season one who did not identify with a label but dated indiscriminately of gender. At the time of the show, Kat was also dating a bio queen.
In season one of RuPaul's Drag Race, Ongina made waves by opening up about her HIV status in the fourth episode of the show. She made the announcement after winning the Mac Viva Glam maxi challenge.
"I just want to say — I've always been so afraid to say it — that I've been living with HIV for the last two years of my life," she said. The words made her one of the first reality stars to come out on air. She's been followed by others in the Drag Race family, like Trinity K. Bonet and Charity Kase.
Appearing on season two of RuPaul's Drag Race, Kylie Sonique Love made history when she came out as trans during the show's reunion.
"I've always been a girl," she said on the verge of tears. "I've always been a girl trapped in a boy's body. I started doing drag and it was just something about it that wasn't enough. I went to a doctor and he put me on testosterone blockers and moved me to hormones. My levels are even and I've never been happier in my whole life."
Love was followed by many trans performers on the show, notably with Peppermint coming out in her Meet the Queens video before the series aired. Love made a return first for a Holi-Slay Special, before returning to win RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars 6, becoming the first out trans person to win an American iteration of the show.
In 2019, Drag Race Thailand aired its second season. Hosted by Art Arya and Pangina Heals, the finale saw three performers face off against one another, two of whom, Angele Anang and Kandy Zyanide, who are trans. In the end, it was Anang who won. The pair followed Meannie Minaj, who appeared on season one of the show.
On RuPaul's Drag Race season 13, the Los Angeles-based Gottmik made history as the first trans masculine performer on the franchise. The performer came into the series a bonafide star and a well-known makeup artist. She ended up making it to the final four before being eliminated.
For RuPaul's Drag Race U.K. series three, Victoria Scone made history as the first cisgender woman to compete on the show. At 27-years-old, the queen from Cardiff, made quite the impression, wowing judges and coming out as a top performer of the first episode. She was disqualified. in episode three after injuring herself.
Scone identifies as a lesbian.