RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 9 contestant Peppermint recently made headlines when she was announced as part of the cast for Head Over Heels, a new Broadway-bound jukebox musical featuring the music of the Go-Go’s—making her the first openly trans woman to originate a principal role on Broadway.
Now Peppermint is making history again, this time as the first trans woman cover star of Gay Times magazine. In the new issue the Season 9 squirrel friend talks about why the rest of the LGBT community needs to rally around their trans siblings, and what trans representation she would like to see on future seasons of Drag Race.
“It’s not a show about trans folk or trans issues and it’s not necessarily supposed to educate the community. It’s just the model they have,” she says in the interview. “I don’t know if they’re planning on changing it soon, but I would personally like to see all kinds of queens on the show – not only different types of drag queens but different types of people doing drag.”
Does that mean Peppermint is hoping to see some drag kings in future seasons of Drag Race?
Last year the New York nightlife staple became the first openly transgender contestant cast in Drag Race history, a reveal she wasn’t sure would be met with open arms in the workroom.
“I was nervous. There are a lot of people who think that think drag queens can’t be trans and trans people can’t do drag, that there’s always a separation,” Peppermint told NewNowNext. “There is a separation of course. Not all drag queens are trans and of course most trans people aren’t drag queens.”
“But there are certainly plenty of trans people who work and perform in the context of drag. And there’s a lot of drag queens who transition and there’s a little bit of a margin where they are kind of both. That being said I was worried. I wasn’t sure if they [the Drag Race queens] would accept me into the sisterhood.”
Head on over to the Gay Times website to score a copy of the issue with cover girl Peppermint.
RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 3 airs Thursdays at 8/7c on VH1.