so I just got confirmation from the artist herself yesterday (via Facebook feed of course, but always good to have it straight form the source) that Miss Carmen Carrera in fact DID discover herself to be trans, has had her boob job & has been on HRT for over a year now, and the bitch is LOOKING FIERCE (but when did she not 😉 ), lets give a GREAT BIG HUG from the T in the GLBT community, welcome to the family girl! May you lead a long, happy. fulfilling and prosperous life in your shiny new skin :).
here’s the photo she posted of her transitional progress-
now, like many during the active airing of RPDR season 3, I had my reasonable suspicions (I can spot a fellow T a mile away, its all in how you carry yourself etc, you learn the signs), BUT I didn’t want to voice my suspicions for a lot of reasons. the primary one being that in the drag community being an actual TGirl carries a HUGE social stigma along with it, and bringing it up even ruffles some MAD feathers. This is due, at least in no small part, to the social stigma already in place from the CIS/Het set in society…most, poorly informed I’ll give you, Het. people believe that ALL drag queens secretly want to be women and that the stage portion is just a farce meant to keep up appearances (not unlike the act of having a beard to attend Het. social functions)…this chronic outside mental pressure forces most queens, at one point or another, to question their OWN gender identity on/off the stage and this, for many, can make them both angry and terribly uncomfortable (not unlike the homophobe when confronted w/a gay man)…whether the mental assertion made by society or other queens is TRUE or not, queens are very big on the fact that MOST QUEENS ARE GAY MEN, WANT TO BE MEN AND BE WITH OTHER MEN, and are PERFECTLY HAPPY BEING MEN…but for many MtFs, you get interested in drag as a perfectly NATURAL precursor stage to the idea of transitioning (i wore boy clothes, mens jeans, my male cousins hand me downs instead of my females, in contemporary society especially a farm community where i grew up this is less jarring but i went out of the way & did things like shaved my head in an attempt to feel more at ease w/myself, or stole my dads work shirts, all very VERY common)…anyway, the reason such a revelation tends to ruffle the feathers of the other queens so badly is because they take it as a THREAT, a visual reinforcement that ‘I’m LIKE YOU :O OH FUCK, NOW WHAT?!’ when they generally aren’t, it just angers them because from their vantage point it is a social confirmation that ALL drag queens CLEARLY want to be women and are just staying in the closet for whatever reasons, when its certainly NOT the case.
now that we’ve addressed WHY it ruffles your ladies feathers so badly, now perhaps my DEAR DEAR queens, perhaps YOU can step back and do a lil self examination and consider all the bashing that YOU YOURSELVES have done within the community against your trans sisters/brothers just because, not unlike the homophobe, their personal LIFE clouded YOUR PRECIOUS WORLD VIEW and allowed YOU too loose your shit. can we consider this please? this goes out to ANY of you queens who has ever uttered a negative word about the trans men & women in your community who are NO DIFFERENT than you, they just decided to change the wrapper permanently, maybe you’ll stop letting yourself get so caught up in the mainstream social attitudes and focus on NOT tearing apart a community that already has to fight to stay together while the rest of the world desperately tries to destroy us and take away our rights & our lives…
just a lil food for thought.
in conclusion though, i would once again like to extend a hearty virtual handshake and HUG ❤ to our newly out Carmen Carrera, YOU GO GIRL! now go out there and make the TGirls proud 😉 !