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'Drag Race's Gigi Goode Just Came Out as Trans, Discusses Transition

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“For those who have known me as [my previous name:] that’s great, love that for you but it’s pretty much Gigi from here on out.”

After coming out as genderfluid during her season ofRuPaul's Drag Race, show alum Gigi Goode has now come out as trans and nonbinary in a new post to Instagam. A finalist in the competition and much beloved for both her humor and looks -- which have helped lead to a Moschino campaign that appeared in Vogue this month -- Goode posted a video while in recovery from recent surgery, opening up to her fans.

"I don't even know how to start this," she said in the clip which is just over eight minutes. "Let's just jump right into it, you know what I mean? I guess, without beating around the bush, around eight months ago in January, right at the beginning of the year, I decided to begin the process of hormone replacement therapy.

"For those of you who don't know, [that is] the process of taking estrogen and testosterone blockers -- differing on the person -- as a means of bringing in the woman and pushing out the man," she continued. "At least that was my process with it."

Goode, who is currently living in Los Angeles, explained that the lockdown that was caused by the pandemic "was so crucial for me to have that time to myself. It gave me a lot of time to think and reflect." After reflecting, the performer realized that while she still identifies as genderfluid, she is "leaning more towards the nonbinary part of that."

While the process included a lot of self-reflection, watching the HBO Max series Veneno was also pivotal, the Drag Race finalist said. The actresses and the characters, all of whom are trans, "completely opened my mind up to who I am and who I'm supposed to be and, to me, that's a trans nonbinary person."

While the process has been ongoing for eight months, Goode says she waited until now to reveal it publicly. "I know the influence that strangers on social media have on these types of situations and so I knew when I started that I wanted this to be a journey that I was going on by myself on my own without any input from the outside world," she said. She only confided in her mother and the House of Avalon, which is a group of friends who live across the street from her in LA. That group includes Moschino campaign costar and Drag Race season 13 winner Symone, as well as stylist Marko Monroe, and more.

Goode is currently in recovery from facial feminization surgery, which is a group of surgeries customized depending on the patient, aimed at making alterations that will make the face more closely align with society's idea of "feminine."

"I identify as a trans/nonbinary person and I prefer she/her pronouns," Goode said, stipulating that she is legally changing her name to Gigi which is a long and strenuous process.

"I have a lot more healing to go and not a lot of time to do it," the model finished. Earlier this year, fellow Drag Race alum Laganja Estranja came out as a trans woman.

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