How RuPaul’s Drag Race Can (And Can’t) Teach You To Be A Better Queer Ally [Podcast]

CW: discussions of transphobia, including slurs


The Series: RuPaul’s Drag Race (2009-present)

With guest Josh Morrison.

For all of its power in bringing drag and queer culture to an increasingly mainstream audience, guest Josh Morrison also wants us to recognize that, at times, RuPaul’s Drag Race and its titular queen don’t have a flawless track record when it comes to trans equality and gay misogyny.

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Further Reading, Viewing, and Links:

  • if you’d like a Dirt Squirrel fan of your own, you can get one here
  • Dylan’s guest spots on NetFreaks talking about Grace & FrankieSeason One and Season Two
  • Kate Borstein’s blog post about the history and use of the word “tranny,” called “Who You Calling a Tranny?” as well as her follow-up post five years later called “Tranny, Revisited”
  • the book The Makeup of RuPaul’s Drag Race: Essays on the Queen of Reality Shows including Josh’s essay “Draguating’ to Normal: Camp and Homonormative Politics” (paperback: $34.86 or Kindle: $9.99)


Other Episodes Referenced:

  • Episode #44 – The Great Muppet Caper w/ Josh Morrison
  • Episode #74 – Back to the Future Part II w/ Rob MacDougall

Other Movies and Series mentioned:

  • 3%
  • America’s Next Top Model
  • Canada’s Next Top Model
  • Glee
  • GLOW
  • Grace & Frankie
  • Jane the Virgin
  • Mrs. Brown’s Boys
  • Project Runway
  • Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
  • Santa Clarita Diet
  • Scream Queens
  • Sharknado
  • Will & Grace



Dylan Clark-Moore is a podcast creator and blogger at NetFlakes. You can find him on Letterboxd and Twitter.

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