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Top 10 Most Iconic ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Queens Who Have Come Out As Transgender

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RuPaul’s Drag Race has featured many incredible queens who have come out as transgender over the years. From pioneers who paved the way to recent fan favorites, these queens have broken barriers and redefined drag. We listed down the 10 most iconic transgender queens in Drag Race history.

Most Iconic RuPaul’s Drag Race Queens That Have Come Out as Transgender

10. Bosco (Season 14)

Bosco’s vibrant persona, coupled with her comedic flair and unapologetic self-expression, made a lasting impression on Season 14. She won three challenges with her signature beat and deep fashion closet before landing in third place.

9. Adore Delano (Season 6, All Stars 2)

A captivating presence on Season 6 and All Stars 2, Adore Delano’s magnetic personality and musical prowess charmed audiences. Her announcement of identifying as transgender in July 2023 further cemented her legacy as an icon, inspiring countless individuals to embrace their truth fearlessly.

8. Kerri Colby (Season 14)

Radiating wisdom and grace, Kerri Colby stood out not just for her stunning performances but also for her nurturing presence on Season 14. The “mother” of season 14 turned looks and helped fellow queens Jasmine Kennedie and Bosco come out and understand themselves better on their own gender identity journeys.

7. Kylie Sonique Love (Season 2, All Stars 6)

Kylie Sonique Love’s journey from Season 2 to All Stars 6 epitomized resilience and authenticity. She became the first trans queen to come out on the show at the season 2 reunion, and later made history again as the first trans contestant to win All Stars.

6. Monica Beverly Hillz (Season 5)

Monica bravely came out as trans during season 5 while struggling to understand herself amid the competition. Sharing her truth on the main stage was a brave act that highlighted the importance of visibility and representation.

5. Carmen Carrera (Season 3)

A pioneer in transgender representation on the show, Carmen Carrera’s journey from Season 3 led to a profound impact beyond the runway. She became a prominent advocate for better trans representation and spoke out against transphobia in the years after doing Drag Race.

4. Peppermint (Season 9)

Peppermint slayed season 9 as the first openly trans finalist, ultimately finishing as runner-up while serving high-energy lip-syncs and clever raps.

3. Gigi Goode (Season 12)

Gigi dominated season 12 with four wins thanks to her signature face and deep fashion closet, ultimately landing as runner-up to Jaida Essence Hall.

2. Sasha Colby (Season 15)

As the first-ever queen to compete openly as a trans contestant and claim the coveted title of America’s Next Drag Superstar, Sasha Colby redefined the landscape of drag with grace and authenticity.

1. Jinkx Monsoon (Season 5, All Stars 7)

Jinkx Monsoon’s unparalleled talent, coupled with her identification as non-binary, entertained audiences on Season 5 and All Stars 7, and she also won both seasons.

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