“This is what we mean when we say that trans women were the pioneers of drag. Before the advent of Drag Race, participating in drag required you to sacrifice your manhood entirely, whereas nowadays we have a rich vocabulary when it comes to queer and trans identities and their associated expressions. The categories of what we now call “drag queens” or “trans women” weren’t so clearly divided, because the spotlight of the stage bore witness to all. It’s not just that the the fame and success that comes to a queen after appearing on Drag Race is being withheld from trans women who want their slice of the pie. It’s that trans women baked the pie, and RuPaul sold it to straight people.”

RuPaul’s Version Of LGBT History Erases Decades Of Trans Drag Queens | Charlene Incarnate for BuzzFeed