RuPaul covers Us Weekly for Pride…
The host and namesake of RuPaul’s Drag Race says,
Whenever I go on stage I say to myself,
‘Ru, you’re going into Mama’s living room,’
I used to perform for my mom and that’s what helps me overcome nerves about anything, including what people may have said about me.
What other people say about me is none of my business!”
Ru got his start as a go-go dancer in the 90s, performing at NYC venues like the Pyramid Club.
It was a place where all the weirdos could get together and be inspired
I’d sleep at Chelsea Piers because I didn’t have a stable home and stored all my belongings in the basement at the Pyramid.”
Since then the GuRu author has become a master of learning how to get through tough times,
Life is tough, there’s no way around that, but you can arm yourself with knowledge.
And to hell with what anyone thinks — you have to do things because you want to and not rely on anyone else for validation.”
Drag Race‘s global dominance is now a shock to some, but not Mama,
I always saw myself as a star and I always imagined myself having my own show.
Drag has evolved a lot in the last 10 to 20 years. Drag is much more accessible, which is a beautiful thing.
Remember, we’re all born naked — and the rest is drag.”
Ru adds that drag fans that want to support the LGBTQ community should consider donating to the ACLU Drag Defense Fund.
(via Us Weekly)