Gottmik may be making history as the first trans male queen to compete on RuPaul’s Drag Race, but the LA-based fashion queen is letting her talent do all the talking as she leads the Attitude April Style issue, out now to download and to order direct to your door.
As he poses for his exclusive cover shoot, Gottmik, aka 24-year-old Kade Gottlieb (who uses female pronouns when in drag) reflects on his drag inspirations and the ways in which we can all support transgender people.
“I’ve learned so much about the power of embracing your identity. I remember before I truly was comfortable in the skin I’m in and before I truly came out and told the world who I was – even though I thought I was living my life, I was not
“The second I embraced who I was fully and showed the world who I was fully and started living unapologetically, it changed my life and allowed me to open up in ways that I didn’t even understand at the time.”
“For any cis person who’s trying to be more supportive of the trans community or a trans person in their life who’s transitioning, my best advice is to listen”, the Drag Race season 13 star says.
“Make sure you have an open mind and that you’re listening to what your trans friend or the trans community is saying triggers them, or what they need help with.
“Just be there in any way you can, whether it’s emotionally, physically, financially, no matter what it is. You know, such little things: it doesn’t have to be major surgeries, like, an outfit or a binder – or a little jaw filler, for me! – just little things like that have changed my entire life.
“Just be open-minded and listen, and be as supportive as you can.”