This week read about Kylie Sonique Love winning "RuPaul's Drag Race," JoJo Siwa making her red carpet debut with her girlfriend, and Elliot Page crediting an LGBT film on helping him come out as transgender.
First Trans Contestant Wins ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’
Kylie Sonique Love has been crowned the winner of the sixth season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” making her the first transgender contestant to win.
Love walked away with $100,000 and a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.
“Kylie’s exhilarating blend of tenacity, vulnerability and talent made her a sizzling stand-out in the most compelling ‘All Stars’ in the franchise’s herstory,” said RuPaul, the host and executive producer of the show in an interview with NBC.
Love first appeared on the show in 2010 but was eliminated after four episodes. However, she was given a chance to redeem herself 11 years later.
“I couldn’t have done this without thanking the universe every single day, for all my blessings and all the people around me that believed in my dreams,” Love said.
JoJo Siwa Makes Red Carpet Debut with Girlfriend
JoJo Siwa and girlfriend Kylie Prew. Photo via Instagram.
Friday evening JoJo Siwa and Kylie Prew attended the premiere of The J Team in Pasadena, California. Siwa came out as pansexual earlier this year and has been very outspoken about her journey on social media.
"I like queer. Technically I would say that I am pansexual because that's how I have always been my whole life is just like, my human is my human," Sita told People Magazine earlier this year.
The 18-year-olds arrived in multicolored onesies and Siwa’s signature high ponytails. The former “Dance Moms” star appears in the film and serves as its executive producer. The movie follows a young girl named Jojo who refuses to let her sparkle be dimmed after her beloved dance instructor is replaced by a much harsher coach. The live-action musical is available to stream on Paramount.
Elliot Page Credits Iconic Queer Film For Helping Him Come Out
Elliot Page. Photo via Instagram.
Elliot Page recently announced that iconic queer movie, “But I’m a Cheerleader” changed his life.
The 1999 film starring Natasha Lyonne follows a high school girl who is sent to a gay conversion camp after her boyfriend and family suspect she might be gay. Page came out as transgender in December 2020 and said the movie transformed his life.
“I don’t know if I would have made it through the moments of isolation and loneliness and shame and self-hatred that was so extreme and powerful and all-encompassing that you could hardly see out of it and then, you know, at 15, when you are flipping through the channels and you stumble on ‘But I’m a Cheerleader’ and the dialogue in that film, and scenes in that film just transform your life. I almost think we don’t talk enough about how important representation is and enough about how many lives it saves and how many futures it allows for,” Page said.
Page believes it’s important to have more queer visibility and more movies like this to explore narratives that are often untold.
Each week ‘Beyond the G’ looks at news featuring the many letters of our LGBTQIA+ spectrum.