Avengers who?? A group of fierce, real-life superheroes are assembling to celebrate October as LGBTQ+ History Month and honor the trailblazers who came before us and those are continuing to make the world a more inclusive, equal place!
As part of VH1's #LGBTQHerstoryMonth project, five winners from the RuPaul's Drag Race winner's circle — season one's BeBe Zahara Benet, All Stars 4 winner Monét X Change, season 11's winner Yvie Oddly, season 12's Jaida Essence Hall, and season 13's Symone — all got together for a stunning photoshoot and to have important discussions on why it's vital that the queer community honors the heroes who paved the way for where are now.
"It's very important for young queer people to get to learn their history, because we can't lose our culture," BeBe, Drag Race's very first winner, said in a behind-the-scenes video about why we as a community need to know our history. "That's what's going to help you move forward, and the generations after you. The fight is still there; we're not done. We still have a lot of work to do, and we can't do that work without knowing what the past was."
"This show saved my life," reigning season 13 queen Symone added, talking about how much Drag Race means to her and the Emmy-winning reality competition's place in the LGBTQ+ history books. "I've watched it since season one and I remember being a kid who was very shy. I didn't really like myself, so winning a show that taught me so much about myself, about the world, about drag and our history and everything that I hold dear, it means everything to me, and I get to, in a way, kind of be that for somebody else."
Watch Drag Race winners get together and talk about the importance of learning and knowing your history below.