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Queer Athlete Josh Cavallo Excited To Judge Drag Race Down Under S3

Queer Athlete Josh Cavallo Excited To Judge 'Drag Race Down Under' S3

Josh Cavallo
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“RuPaul’s Drag Race is so important, because it inspires queer people to be their authentic self," Cavallo said.

The season three premiere of RuPaul's Drag Race Down Under is only nine days away — crikey!

Soccer player Josh Cavallo is joining Drag Race Down Under as a guest judge for the upcoming season of the Australian version of the uber-popular drag competition show.

The 23-year-old footballer came out in 2021, becoming the only currently playing top-flight male soccer player to be openly queer. The sport has a troubling history of bigotry and still to this day homophobic chants are frequently repeated by fans during matches.

In fact, homophobia seems to be on the rise in professional soccer. During the 2022-2023 season, there was a 65.1 percent rise in incidents of discriminatory behavior from the previous season and in the professional game there was an increase of 27.4 percent.

But Cavallo isn’t letting that stop him from living his best gay life and nabbing a coveted guest judge spot on everyone’s favorite drag franchise.

“As the only openly gay male professional footballer currently playing top-flight football in the world, I’m a big fan of embracing your true self, but for many in sport and the queer community this is really difficult to do,” Cavallo said in a statement.

“RuPaul’s Drag Race is so important, because it inspires queer people to be their authentic self, and allows drag to become more accepted and celebrated as it should be.”

Other guest judges include notable queer faves like pop star Adam Lambert, actor Keiynan Lonsdale, singer Deva Mahal, former Miss Universe Australia Maria Thattil, Amyl and the Sniffers frontwoman Amy Taylor, and supermodel Rachel Hunter.

Drag Race Down Under season 3 premieres on July 29 on WOW Presents Plus in the U.S. and select territories worldwide, with its local airing on TVNZ+ in New Zealand and Stan in Australia.

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Ariel Messman-Rucker

Ariel Messman-Rucker is an Oakland-born journalist who now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. When she’s not writing about politics and queer pop culture, she can be found reading, hiking, or talking about horror movies with the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network.

Ariel Messman-Rucker is an Oakland-born journalist who now calls the Pacific Northwest her home. When she’s not writing about politics and queer pop culture, she can be found reading, hiking, or talking about horror movies with the Zombie Grrlz Horror Podcast Network.