RuPaul’s Drag Race star Miss Peppermint has come out as transgender to her fellow contestants.
In Friday night’s episode, Miss Peppermint revealed her gender identity when the discussion of gender came up between the group of Drag Race hopefuls.
Peppermint has come out publicly after the episode’s were filmed in a moving interview where that she used drag as a disguise for her transition.
On the show, she explained that doing drag helped her come to terms with her trans identity.
“It was actually though my drag that I realised my transness,” she explained. “I’m trans. I’m a trans woman.”
Peppermint went on to explained that she faced discrimination from some people who believed that drag queens and trans people shouldn’t cross over.
“There’s a lot of people who think drag queens are not trans and shouldn’t be,” she said.
“And there’s a lot of trans people who think that drag queens have no place in the trans community. I wanted to really get to know the girls before I came out to them. I was afraid.”
She added that it took her journey had been long, and was still on going.
“It took me a long time to really sort out gender and at a really early age, I was able to latch on to drag, and that was how I was able to express my femininity.
“But I kind of evolved to realise that all the drag things that I wanted to do, it always led back to the realisation that I’m a trans woman.”
The other contestants on the show were incredibly positive about her coming out, which Peppermint was overjoyed at.
“It feels so good to feel fully accepted. I’m so happy right now,” she said.
Monica Beverly Hillz from season five of the show and Carmen Carrera of season three have also since come out as transgender. More recently, Gia Gunn also revealed her trans status on transgender day of awareness.