Alaska Thunderfuck 5000 has delivered a powerful statement for transgender drag performers.
The winner of RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars season 2 used the podium Tuesday at the Queerties — an awards ceremony run by the LGBTQ blog Queerty — to advocate for transgender inclusion on the VH1 reality competition.
Alaska and Willam — who cohost Race Chaser, which won Best Podcast at the Queerties — together read the names onstage of all of the trans contestants who have appeared in Drag Race history, including Carmen Carrera, Monica Beverly-Hillz, Peppermint, Sonique, Gia Gunn, and Jiggly Caliente.
"We see you, we love you, we fucking value you so much. And anyone who has done drag a day in their life knows that we would not be fucking here without the contributions of trans drag artists," Alaska declared to the cheering crowd at Liaison in Hollywood.
"It is my grown-up Christmas wish with this award that hopefully, we can review one day an episode with some more trans girls who are fucking amazing," she added.
Season 12 of RuPaul's Drag Race, which premieres Friday, has come under fire for not including trans performers in its cast. Sadly, the exclusion is not unusual. In its over decade-long history, the Emmy-wining show has rarely featured out trans queens — and its host, RuPaul, has historically been criticized for anti-trans remarks.
In January, another Drag Race alumnus, Detox, also called on Drag Race to diversify. “Enough with the feigned inclusivity. Time to start putting your money where your mouth is," the All Stars season 2 runner-up tweeted along with the hashtag #AllDragIsValid.
"Denying trans women the 'highest' platform of drag (which was pioneered by them) is wrong and we all know it," added fellow Drag Racer Aja.