FIGHTIN' WORDS

Surprise, Suprise: RuPaul Loves The Word “Tranny”

RuPaulIn our culture one person can write a letter to the network and they shut something down. It’s unfortunate. But I love the word ‘tranny.’

…You have to go to the intent of the person saying it. Lance Bass, his intent would never be to be derogatory. Never. So, you know, that’s really ridiculous. And I hate the fact that he’s apologized. I wish he would have said, ‘F-you, you tranny jerk!’

In the ACT UP age, we called ourselves queers because we earned the right—we took the word back. But in reality, once you go even deeper, you know, you have to come from intent. And black folks call themselves the n-word all the time. It’s because the intent is coming from a place of love.

If the intent is coming from a place of hatred, that’s different. But you can’t legislate intent. There’s no way to do it. So, the truth is, you have to fix that individually on a one-by-one basis. If somebody calls you a green martian, would you be offended by it? No, you wouldn’t be. Why? Because you know you’re not a green martian.

But if you’re offended by someone calling you a ‘tranny'” it’s only because you believe you are a tranny! [laughs] The solution is: Change your mind about yourself being a ‘tranny.’

Drag Race host RuPaul, discussing the use of the controversial term, on Michelangelo Signorile’s Sirius FM show, OutQ.