Trinity K. Bonet, a.k.a. Joshua Jones, a drag queen currently competing on the popular drag reality competition, revealed his HIV-positive status on Monday night's episode of Untucked, the show following RuPaul's Drag Race that features the candid and often emotional interactions between the contestants while they wait backstage before the elimination portion of the competition.
"I am HIV-positive," said the 23-year-old contestant on Drag Race Season 6. "I was diagnosed in August 2012, and I have so much to live for. I have so many goals and aspirations that I want to conquer in my life, so I'm not going to let an obstacle get in the way. I wanted to come on this show, and I wanted to be that voice for people who are scared to speak out about that."
"I'm hoping that by sharing this that I will be affecting somebody's life," Jones added. "And I'm hoping, by sharing my story, that I will inspire others and that they will take it and apply it to themselves."
After Jones's revelation, he was surprised when a video recording from his mother conveying her love and support appeared on a television backstage.
"I'm sending you this message to let you know that I miss you and I love you," she said. "I'm happy. I'm your mother, and I love you no matter what."
Jones is the second RPDR contestant to come out as HIV-positive. The first, Ryan Ong Paolo, whose drag name is Ongina, came out in season 1.