In a recent Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard magazine suggested to RuPaul that an education is being provided by Drag Race that enlightens the younger generation about gay history,
“I think of Drag Race that way. When I was coming up, I had mentors who taught me about Tennessee Williams and Tallulah Bankhead and Truman Capote and Fellini –all that stuff. That sort of went away at one point, for young gay people. So I’m so proud of Drag Race for taking up the slack in that department, because so many young kids around the world, in remote places around the world, get to watch Drag Race and learn about Paris Is Burning or Grey Gardens. Even just attitudes toward drag –different styles of drag. At Drag Race and through my music, I sort of carry the torch of the gay movement, the drag movement. Really, the outsider movement.”
She wears it well. Watch and listen.