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The Drag Race Era Continues With This Announcement About Its Future

The ‘Drag Race’ Era Continues With This Announcement About Its Future

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The reality TV juggernaut also just earned nine more Emmy nominations.

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We are truly living in the RuPaul’s Drag Race era — and we wouldn’t want it any other way.

After racking up another nine — yes, nine — more Emmy nominations, MTV and Paramount+ are announcing what’s next for the future of the beloved and ever-growing franchise. Fifteen years after the very first episode of Drag Race premiered in 2009, the record-breaking competition series will once again be introducing a new group of fabulous queens for a highly anticipated 16th season.

Yes, the series has been greenlit for another season (no surprise there!), and, along with it, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked, RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Untucked have also all been renewed for another season.

It’s incredible to think how much the world has changed since the first queens walked into the werkroom on February 2, 2009. In some positive ways, including how drag queens, once largely overlooked for their talents by the mainstream, are now seen as the superstars they’ve always been. And in others that are heartbreaking and terrifying, like how that boom in popularity has led to a backlash on the right which targets and slanders these incredible artists along with so many others in the LGBTQ+ community.

In response, World of Wonder created the first-ever Drag Defense Fund with a donation from MTV and RuPaul’s Drag Race. The 501C3 supports the ACLU’s work to defend and ensure LGBTQ+ rights. To date, it has raised more than $1.5 million, and the new seasons of Drag Race will continue to help to raise that platform and caus which is yet another reason to be excited for the new seasons, as if meeting all the glamorous new queens and being Ru-united with some of our fave queens wasn’t already enough to get excited.

While we’ll have to wait a bit for these new seasons to drop, in the meantime the franchises’ international versions are in full swing and they are serving. Check out PRIDE’s interviews with the queens of RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under season three and Drag Race Philippines and catch up on the episodes on WOW Presents Plus now.

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Rachel Shatto

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Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Dread Central, Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.

Rachel Shatto, Editor in Chief of PRIDE.com, is an SF Bay Area-based writer, podcaster, and former editor of Curve magazine, where she honed her passion for writing about social justice and sex (and their frequent intersection). Her work has appeared on Dread Central, Elite Daily, Tecca, and Joystiq, and she podcasts regularly about horror on the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network. She can’t live without cats, vintage style, video games, drag queens, or the Oxford comma.