This week read about "Drag Race" Laganja Estranja coming out as transgender, Punkie Johnson talking about being the first Black queer woman on Saturday Night Live, and a professional soccer player selected as campaign star for Victoria's Secret.

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Alum Laganja Estranja Comes Out as Trans

Laganja Estranja, a season six contestant on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” came out as transgender. Estranja has been working in drag for over 10 years and told Entertainment Weekly that being a drag performer made her identity “more explainable to the masses.” However, she is done being a woman only on stage and wants to be able to express herself at all times. Discovering her gender identity has been a journey and, at times, she tried to fit what society deemed as normal.

“But, that isn’t my truth, and I’m daring to take this on. I tried to be male and be in-between and non-binary. The truth is I’m a feminine entity and I can live this life,” said Estranja.

She is not the first RuPaul alum to come out as trans and many of them have helped Estranja on her journey.

“I want to thank all the trans brothers and sisters that came before me who fought so that my coming out could be joyous!” she said on Instagram. “I am so proud to identify as TRANS and to be living my truth. Happy PRIDE, you are beautiful as you are.”

Punkie Johnson Opens Up About Being the First Black Queer Woman on SNL

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Punkie Johnson. Photo via Facebook.

Punkie Johnson, a comedian from New Orleans, just finished her first season with the long-running sketch show “Saturday Night Live” making her the first out Black queer woman on the show. Before SNL, Johnson appeared on HBO’s “A Black Lady Sketch Show” and Netflix’s “Space Force.” She told NBC News she had to trust “God and the Universe” to make sure comedy was her path.

After going through two rounds of taped auditions she received a call from Lorne Michaels, an SNL creator saying, "We think you'll be a good addition to the cast." This former bartender and occasional comedian is now on one of the most popular shows on television for a full-fledged career in comedy. Johnson is still reeling from her time on the show and is looking forward to future seasons.

Megan Rapinoe to be New Campaign Star for Victoria Secret

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Megan Rapinoe. Photo via Facebook.

Megan Rapinoe, an American professional soccer player, will be a new cover star and consultant for Victoria's Secret, according to the New York Times. The brand is shifting from their infamous “Angel” model group to what they are calling the “VS Collective.” Not only is this a cultural change but also an attempt to bounce back after closing a quarter of VS stores in 2020.

Martin Waters, the chief executive officer of VS, said, “We needed to stop being about what men want and to be about what women want.” He continued by saying that “The Angels” are no longer culturally relevant. Rapinoe admits she was uncertain about the project at first but says the old way was “damaging,” particularly to young girls.

“As a gay woman, I think a lot about what we think is sexy, and we are afforded the ability to do that, because I don’t have to wear the traditional sexy thing to be sexy and I don’t think the traditional thing is sexy when it comes to my partner or people I’ve dated,” the Times reported her as saying. Rapinoe is looking forward to this new age of VS and changing the definition of “sexy.”


Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.


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