TW: misgenderingThe Queen of Bounce stopped by HuffPost Live today to discuss our culture’s recent fascination with twerking, Miley Cyrus’s controversial VMAs performance and his somewhat unique views on gender identity. Referencing Big Freedia’s cited ambivalence toward male and female pronoun usage, Huffington Post Gay Voices Editor Noah Michelson asked the artist if he considered the issue of starting a mainstream conversation about gender important to him.
Although a case can be made that the category ‘trans*’ can include the person who crossdresses for 15 minutes a week, the post-op transsexual, and everyone in between. Or really, just anyone who wants to identifies with the term. ‘Trans*’ can mean a lot of things: transgender, transsexual, transvestite; but also transcend or transgress (like to transgress gender-roles). Just because Ru Paul doesn’t identify as trans*, doesn’t mean that he can’t, or that he should somehow be excluded from this identity. And I can assure that are times when it would be inappropriate to call Ru Paul a ‘he’. Massive respect <3