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Meet Gottmik, the First Trans Male Contestant in RuPaul's Drag Race Herstory

Gottmik Makes Herstory as 'Drag Race's First Trans Male Contestant

Gottmik Makes Herstory as 'Drag Race's First Trans Male Contestant

The LA-based makeup artist is the first trans man to compete on the beloved drag competition series! 

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With the announcement of the Season 13 queens of RuPaul's Drag Race, a contestant named Gottmik has made herstory as the series' first transgender male competitor. 

The beloved reality competition has featured transgender women in the past, including Peppermint, Gia Gunn, and more, but this is the first time RuPaul's Drag Race has a trans male competitor.

And Gottmik is ready to represent their community. 

"I need to be the first trans winner of RuPaul's Drag Race, period," the Los Angeles-based makeup artist said in their Meet the Queens interview. 

Exploring their drag character went hand in hand with unpacking their trans identity. "The more and more I got comfortable with my gender identity, the more I got to play with my drag, Gottmik side."

So here comes Gottmik! "The trans movement is getting so big, so powerful, so strong," emphasizing their desire to "win this crown for my community."

RuPaul's Drag Race Season 13 premieres Friday, January 1, at 8pm ET/PT on VH1!

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Taylor Henderson

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one! 

Taylor Henderson is a PRIDE.com contributor. This proud Texas Bama studied Media Production/Studies and Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin, where he developed his passions for pop culture, writing, and videography. He's absolutely obsessed with Beyoncé, mangoes, and cheesy YA novels that allow him to vicariously experience the teen years he spent in the closet. He's also writing one!