These besties are more confident than ever.
10 years ago, Gigi Gorgeous came out as a transgender woman at the height of her popularity on YouTube. Since then, the star has used her voice to help LGBTQ+ youth come to terms with who they are, especially with harmful legislation introduced in the United States.
"I'm doing part. I really am. I'm trying to really keep it moving, keep it positive, but still educate. There's obviously a huge amount of severity to what's going on. The world does need a lot more positivity, so if I can be a point of positivity for people in the world, especially in this realm of things, I think it's really important," Gorgeous tells Out on the red carpet of the Human Rights Campaign's annual Los Angeles fundraising dinner.
Fan-favorite RuPaul's Drag Racecontestant Gottmik is also speaking up for the drag community after Tennessee's recent ban.
"It is so important now more than ever to be louder and prouder and talk about who you are and what you believe in. No matter what bill anyone tries to ban, we're not going anywhere. This is who we are. This is what we do. Girl, you can try to ban whatever you want, but that does not change anything. Being here and being loud and proud is all I care about right now," Gottmik says.
Recently, Gottmik brought key transgender representation to the mainstream media by appearing in the music video for Kim Petras and Smith Smith's collaboration "Unholy," which made history for its win at the Grammys for Best Pop Group/Duo Performance.
"Being part of such an insane queer moment, trans history, getting to be with all these trans performers on stage... it was just mind-blowing. I am so honored to a part of it. When I said 'yes,' I didn't even really think about how monumental that was. I love Sam and Kim so much."
As transgender celebrities, the best friends are releasing their own book called The T Guide that unveils their personal experiences coming to terms with their true authentic selves.
"We wrote about all our tips and tricks. He's a trans man and I'm a trans woman, so it's both sides of the spectrum. A bunch of our amazing, diverse, talented, inspirational friends wrote short essays about unique parts of their life. It really is a guide. I really wish I had it growing up. I would have probably in my backpack every day. I'm really proud of it [and] so is he," Gorgeous says.
The T Guide comes out May 16. To see the full interview with Gigi Gorgeous and Gottmik, check out the video below.
Gigi Gorgeous & Gottmik Advocate for Transgender Rightsyoutu.be