Kylie Sonique Love Set to Make Her Film Debut in ‘Dope Queens’
Kylie Sonique Love is making her film debut in upcoming tale, Dope Queens, about San Francisco’s iconic transgender district. Her film debut is coming nearly a year after winning the RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars crown.
Dope Queens tells the story of Compton’s Transgender Cultural District, the Tenderloin District. The Tenderloin Region’s name stems from one of the first documented transgender uprisings in the United States, Compton’s Cafeteria Riots (1966). Dope Queens is one of a few mainstream media pieces that discuss this region.
The film features the main cast of Hustlers actress Trace Lysette, The Man From Toronto actor Pierson Fodé and Empire actress Alexandra Grey. The semi-autobiographical tale plays out as a romantic thriller that follows three friends (played by Gray, Lysette, and Fodé) throughout a wild night on the Tenderloin District streets.
The RuPaul’s Drag Race alum plays the queen of the local DIVAS club named Monika. Monika is a fierce performer with good looks and a playful personality. This drag queen looks Marilyn Monroe-like in the recently release photos. Kylie’s character is the one that warns the group of girls of the dangerous city streets.
Dope Queens is a One-of-a-Kind Story About San Francisco’s Transgender District
This film opens up doors for members of the transgender community in terms of representation. The RuPaul’s Drag Race alum isn’t the only transgender actress part of this film cast. Gray and Lysette are also openly transgender.
As many know, Kylie is the first ever transgender queen to take the RuPaul’s Drag Race crown. This drag queen also made history as the first to come out as a transgender woman on the series itself. Since this queen has been open about her transgender journey, this film is truly perfect for her.
“It’s a new story for a trans person. There’s been a lot of tragedy for trans people,” she said referencing her RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars win. “This can be a story that a lot of people can relate to in life, not just a trans person: Going through hardships, pushing through, and staying true to yourself and not looking for permission to be who you are. You do what makes you happy, as long as you’re not hurting anyone. Trans people are no different than anyone else. We have our awkward moments in life, we have our fabulous moments in life, we all come from somewhere.”
Kylie’s debut film, Dope Queens, is set to premiere this summer with TomorrowLand productions. Producers apart of this film are credits for working on films like Buck Run, On Our Way, and the Oscar-nominated short film Feeling Through. A trailer has not been released at this time.