As the RuPaul’s Drag Race finale approaches, critical ongoing conversations regarding race in the drag community have grown, following a season that has brought politics center stage.
Much of the dialogue centers around the disproportionate popularity and fan treatment of queens of color, particularly black queens, as Season 8’s Bob the Drag Queen most recently pointed out via Twitter.
On Saturday (June 16), Season 6 contestant Courtney Act took it upon herself to address white people on a video uploaded to YouTube titled “How to be a Race Ally.”
“This is not meant to be some definitive statement on ‘how to be a race ally,’” Act says in the video. “It’s just meant to continue the conversation of people who give a damn about other people on this planet.”
In the clip, she shares simple suggestions on how to support people of color without taking up space and making the situation about yourself. “Recognizing your place of power and privilege in an unfair system can, as an ally, help you to start using that privilege as an opportunity to do good,” Act says.
Season 10 finalist Asia O’Hara also opened up about race in an interview with Billboard saying, “The last couple months have been the first time in my life where I have ever felt that I wasn’t treated equally because I’m a person of color.”
Over the weekend, the Australian queen’s video was met with support from fellow Drag Race queens Monet X Change, Latrice Royale, and The Vixen.
See their replies and watch Act’s video below:
I LOVE her!!! https://t.co/wI1X7dSPLB
— Monét X Change (@monetxchange) June 18, 2018
— Latrice Royale Inc. (@LatriceRoyale) June 18, 2018
I love this woman! Listen to her!!! https://t.co/fz6jGIhDYc
— The Vixen (@TheVixensworld) June 18, 2018