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Gia Gunn Opens Up About Transitioning in First Scene of All Stars 4

Gia Gunn

VH1 did us a solid and spiced up our Tuesday by dropping the first 14 minutes of RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars season four, which premieres Friday at 8pm. The gang’s all here, and we’re on the edges of our seats for a season of fashion, drama, and some GIF-worthy content.

In the clip, we see all our favorite queens from seasons past make their workroom entrances. Trinity Taylor (aka Trinity the Tuck) dons an number seemingly made out of green zip ties. Gia Gunn rocks a look that’s a bejeweled cross between Ariana Grande and Jesus. And Latrice Royale makes a surprise entrance toward the end, handcuffed to Manila Luzon (that’s one hell of a charm bracelet).

And of course we’re dying to see what the contestants have been up to since their OG seasons. Valentina wastes no time in mentioning that she’s done projects with Vogue and Vogue Mexico. Jasmine Masters acknowledges that she’s become a meme queen.

But we’re most inspired by Gunn’s path of self-discovery, which she discusses during her entrance.

“Since season six, I did a huge self-discovery,” she says. “And drag was the gateway for me to realize that I am not a man that dresses up as a woman. I am a woman that participates in the art of drag. It feels amazing to be back in the workroom as the proud trans woman I am.”

The show and its iconic host have come under fire in the past for not including trans women. Contestants like Peppermint and Carmen Carrera have come out as trans while on the show, and season two queen, Sonique, competed in last week’s Holi-Slay Spectacular after having come out as trans during her original season’s reunion.

But RuPaul caused some controversy earlier this year when he told the Guardian, “You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body. It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing.” He also posted a tweet, comparing trans drag queens to athletes using performance enhancing drugs.

 

 

After some serious backlash, he tweeted an apology, assuring that the show would not discriminate against trans contestants. But fans noticed that he accidentally posted the tweet with a painting called Train Landscape by Ellsworth Kelly, likely the result of a typo when googling “trans flag.”

 

 

 

 

Let’s hope the inclusion of Sonique and Gunn means that the show is taking its fans’ responses seriously.

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