This week read about Jasmine Kennedie coming out as trans, and Ireen Wüst and Timothy LeDuc both making history in the Olympics.
‘Drag Race’ Jasmine Kennedie Comes Out as Trans
In an episode of Untucked, “RuPaul’s Drag Race” contestants Bosco and Jasmine Kennedie both opened up about their gender identity.
In tears, Kennedie said, "Before coming here I was about to start hormones, and coming here I was scared and I didn't want to have to go through this process while going through that. But seeing Kerri and seeing how confident she is in who she is, it just further affirmed what I've been feeling my whole life."
“I definitely feel like I am trans," she continued. "I've been so scared to say it. I have held back from it for so long because I didn't want to hurt my dad but I can't lie about it anymore.”
Following the episode, Kennedie took to social media and posted a letter where she revealed that she has spent the last seven years focused on her career instead of her truth.
“I [thought] drag was enough for me, I could take off the makeup any time and no one would know me out of drag," she wrote. "But at a certain point in my drag career, I realized that I was doing drag to fill the void in my own life. I couldn't be happier."
"Everything I've wanted is finally happening and I am so thankful for the people who made it possible,” she continued. “Thank you Kerri Colby for making me feel comfortable to talk about my identity. If it wasn't for you, I probably would have never come out."
With four trans performers, Season 14 marks the most trans-inclusive cast of any “Drag Race” iteration.
Non-binary Skater Performs History-Making Olympic Routine
Timothy LeDuc (right). Credit: Luu, Wikipedia.
U.S. figure skating champion Timothy LeDuc made history in Beijing as the first non-binary athlete to compete in the Winter Olympics.
“I know for me, being openly nonbinary is only possible because amazing queer people have come before me and laid the groundwork for me,” LeDuc was quoted by MSN. “So now I want to do that for others to come after, as well.”
LeDuc has had a long road with their sexuality. Coming from a strongly religious family, they first came out as bisexual at 18 and then 10 years later as non-binary but acceptance was not easy to come by. In an interview with My Favorite Olympian podcast, LeDuc revealed that their family regularly attended an evangelical church that believed that same-sex relationships and LGBT identities were a sin.
“I believed the lies that I was told,” LeDuc recalled. “That I was an abomination.”
Eventually, LeDuc found peace with their family and soon became a star on ice after pairing up with current partner Ashley Cain-Gribble. The pair has reworked the narrative of traditional ice-skating teams and storylines and hope it will get them the gold.
Bisexual Speed Skater Becomes First Athlete To Win Gold At 5 Straight Games
Ireen Wüst. Credit: Jladage, Wikipedia.
Dutch speed skating legend Ireen Wüst went out with a bang in her final Olympics. The 35-year-old bisexual speed skater has competed in five Olympic Games and made history by becoming the first athlete to win gold in five straight games.
After a historic run, she’s hanging up the skates.
“It’s not that I’m not good enough anymore,” she said. “But I want to have children. And I’m 35, so one day I have to make a decision and say, ‘O.K., let’s go for the other life.’”
“Going, what is it, 55 [kilometers] an hour, on such a small blade, that’s like an amazing feeling,” she added. “You feel the wind through your hair, through your hands. The feeling of winning is quite addictive too. I will miss that, for sure.”
As Wüst enters her final few games, she is excited to see what comes next.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.