How drag superstar Trinity K. Bone’t became a success story for Black queer folks living with HIV

November 2, 2022
As Trinity K. Bone’t, Jones has been performing drag almost his entire life, but it wasn’t until starring in RuPaul’s Drag Race‘s 6th season in 2014 thats he came into international stardom. Since then, the 31-year-old drag legend has amassed almost 500,00 followers on Instagram and recently competed in RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars Season 6, placing 5th—not to mention a few singles and countless TV appearances along the way.

Though he had never had to come out as gay, Bone’t used the competition on national television as an opportunity to awaken a community without representation. He decided to come out for good and disclose his HIV status to his fellow contestants, the judges, and America.

The RuPaul fan favorite says he needed to share his truth because there wasn’t any visibility for Black queer men living with HIV in the media—or portrayals of them finding success and happiness—despite it running rampant in their community. As a child, he experienced firsthand the courage that comes from seeing someone else unabashedly live their truth, and he used the wisdom from such privilege to become that rare North Star for a marginalized group living in silence. #OutForGood