RuPaul thinks Donald Trump era is wake-up call for LGBT people who were ‘complacent’
RuPaul sees Donald Trump being in The White House as a much-needed wake-up call.
The Emmy-winning host of RuPaul’s Drag Race tells Vanity Fair: ‘I’ve gotta think this way—it’s probably the best thing that could have happened, because it shapes us up.’
RuPaul describes himself as always being ‘on the front lines’ in the fight for LGBT equality.
‘I never drank the Kool-Aid. Never drank the Kool-Aid ever,’ he says.
‘But a lot of people had become complacent. A lot of the kids grew up in an age of Obama: they didn’t know any better. So I guess this is what had to happen.’
Still, he adds: ‘There will be a lot of blood before we turn this around, unfortunately.’
Trump’s administration recently rescinded federal guidelines that had been put in place to protect transgender students in school.
Trump has said he is against same-sex marriage and most of the members of his cabinet have anti-LGBTI records.
There is also concern that Trump may yet sign a sweeping religious freedom Executive Order to make it legal to discriminate against LGBTI people and others.
‘I believe that what you defend against actually becomes stronger,’ RuPaul says of the resistance.
‘This movement of people who want it to go back to the way it was before . . . time does not go back.
‘I think that this whole administration will actually accelerate what they’re trying to defend against. What you defend against persists, and I think it’s a call to action for all of the like-minded people like ourselves to get involved.’