Thursday night’s (April 5) episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race had a lot going on — an over-the-top mini-challenge, significant drama between queens Aquaria and The Vixen, some hilarious advertisements for fake dating apps, and an amazing Lip Sync for Your Life performance.
But halfway through the episode, viewers witnessed a moving yet heartbreaking moment when Dusty Ray Bottoms, one of this season’s queens from New York, opened up about coming out to his parents. The moment came after fellow contestant Blair St. Clair mentioned how supportive her conservative Christian parents are of her career.
“I find that so interesting because your parents are so supportive of you and your drag,” Dusty said to Blair. “My parents have never seen me in a show. I don’t think they’ll ever come.”
Dusty spoke to his fellow queens about his coming out process, where he said he had come to such a breaking point that he “literally cried out to God” to make a change in his life. The next day, he came out to his parents, who did not approve.
“They lost it,” he said. “They took me to church, they got me exorcised because they thought I was possessed by a gay demon.”
The queen explained in his confessional that he had to detail, in front of his parents and a “prayer warrior,” every sexual encounter he’d had. He admitted that he left the experience even more confused. “
Was I straight now?” he asked. “I had to go to therapy, and I was on track to go to straight camp.”
Dusty eventually packed his things and left home, and went on to become the famous drag queen he is today. He pointed out that he now has a fianceé, and is enjoying a very happy life.
“Things are going really great in my life, and I didn’t have to compromise or change for someone’s small-minded view. But it was a journey,” he said.