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*RuPaul's Drag Race season 12 has disqualified competitor Sherry Pie for misconduct of a sexual nature but she is still featured in episodic footage.
RuPaul's Drag Race is a show as much about the competition as it is about the competitors. Every season the competing queens show their talents and skill, but also introduce themselves and the issues that impact them to the world. It is arguably one of the more powerful components of the longrunning season and this week Gigi Goode, our top queen in the competition, revealed to the world that she identifies as genderfluid.
The admission came as Goode prepared for her standout performance as Maria The Robot in the iconic challenge "Snatch Game." Onscreen, she told Jaida Essence Hall that she was kind of struggling to get into the character as she relies on femininity both in and out of drag.
"I've kind of always teetered between male and female throughout my whole life," Goode explained. "I think I really always carry some sense of female and male, even when I'm in non-drag."
"Growing up, I've always been interested in feminine things," the queen continued in a confessional. "I wanted to wear dresses to school. I've always thought there was no point to putting a label on anything in regards to gender. I don't think I've ever said this out loud, but I think I'm fluid. Sometimes I identify as more male and sometimes I identify as more feminine. I think that I'm both... and I'm neither." And that admission comes as Goode has quickly made herself the queen to beat on the show.
On episode 3 of this season when the queens finally got to see all 13 competitors, Hall asked them "What is like y'alls specialty?"
"Name something," Goode responded, making the point that she's an overall queen. She's provided the evidence for that claim every time she steps on the mainstage each week.
It was clear to all early on in the competition that Goode was a look queen -- it came down to Goode, Hall, and Nicky Doll as the top performers for aesthetics. But throughout the challenges, the 21-year-old has turned out a talent in comedy and acting, as well as an undeniable personality. That latter point is one many of the show's look queens have historically lacked.
We are relatively still early in the race but given Goode's performance in "Snatch Game" where she was able to show off a penchant for physical comedy, improv, and the ability to stay in character all while looking stunning, she's certainly our one to beat.