The 8th annual RuPaul’s DragCon took place in May 2023 at the LA Convention Center. According to the LA Times, convention organizers anticipated it to be the largest event ever, with dozens of international queens and former “Drag Race” contestants attending as special guests.
This DragCon’s stellar attendance and publicity were significant, considering that 2023 is a record year for the introduction of the most anti-LGBTQ+ bills in the United States. DragCon has proved to be a mecca not just for fans of the show but for LGBTQ+ community members. “Drag Race” queen Kerri Colby told the LA Times that DragCon was one of the few times she felt super sncouraged, super motivated, and super safe to present herself in a more feminine manner.
“Get These Stunt Queens Out of Office”
Throughout the course of his life, RuPaul has been criticized and ostracized for being different. Now, at the height of his career, he continues to help pave the way for others in the queer community. In March 2023, RuPaul took to social media to voice his concern about the recent attacks (literal and figurative) on drag and trans communities across the US.
In an Instagram post, Ru critiqued anti-LGBTQ+ lawmakers by saying, “Hey, look over there! A classic distraction technique, distracting us away from the real issues that they were voted into office to focus on.” He encouraged his fans and fellow LGBTQ+ community members to register to vote and “get these stunt queens out of office.”
“Drag Race” World Domination
As always, RuPaul is making moves to expand his drag queen franchise and achieve world domination. On top of his many “Drag Race” spin-offs, we ave recently seen the debut of three new series. “Drag Race” spin-offs in Mexico, Germany, and Brazil will be added to the franchise’s rolodex. The Mexico and Brazil spin-offs mark the franchise’s first venture into the Latin American market, and plenty of fans are thrilled.
Along with these new spin-offs, RuPaul and World of Wonder Productions have created quite an impressive network. The amount of “Drag Race” spin-offs can make any newbie’s head spin. They include series in Britain, Spain, Italy, the Philippines, and many other countries. Oh, and don’t forget its other shows, such as “Drag Race All Stars,” “Untucked,” “RuPaul’s Drag U,” and “Secret Celebrity Drag Race.” It’s a lot, but fans can’t get enough.
The Drag Defense Fund
For the season 15 finale of “Drag Race,” RuPaul and his team did something a little different. They teamed up with the ACLU to support the organization’s Drag Defense Fund. Members of the ACLU walked the red carpet of the season finale alongside famous “Drag Race” queens.
The Drag Defense Fund also got a special shout-out during the finale, which over half a million people watched. The charitable donation and fundraising effort marks the beginning of a partnership between the ACLU and “RuPaul’s Drag Race” that is sure to continue. RuPaul has millions of fans, so the call to action was pretty successful.
RuPaul Continues to Slay
RuPaul has been a star for over three decades, and his career isn’t slowing down any time soon. Today, Ru continues to run his “Drag Race” empire and recently hosted season 15 of the series in early 2023. “Drag Race” and its spin-offs are incredibly successful. Many credit RuPaul’s reality show for making aspects of LGBTQ+ culture more mainstream and widely accepted.
RuPaul has also added the title of game show host to his resume. He hosts the CBS reboot of the classic game show “Lingo” with his signature coy sense of humor. In addition, Ru continues to use his platform to lift up fellow queens and advocate for the rights and safety of the LGBTQ+ community. RuPaul has contributed so much to our culture. We can’t wait to see what he does next.