Drag Race UK queens Ginny Lemon and Bimini Bon Boulash shared a moving heart-to-heart about being non-binary, drawing praise from fans.
Amid the sexual tension, sewing machine drama and spine-crunching limbo competitions, Drag Race UK fans were treated to Ginny and Bimini having an emotional chat about gender the werk room, sparked when Ginny began explaining why she wears the colour yellow.
“It’s for healing and positivity, and also it’s the non-binary colour,” she told Sister Sister.
“I’ve always struggled with my identity,” she explained when Sister Sister asked how she identified.
“For years and years I just didn’t know what I was. I didn’t know whether I was a boy or a girl, I just didn’t know, and that’s why wear yellow because it doesn’t say anything – it doesn’t define me as anything.”
Ginny shared more of their story in the Drag Race UK confessional booth.
“My whole life I’ve never felt comfortable in my body. I’ve suppressed it for years, so I do drag as a release. I’ve found more success as a woman than I ever did as a man, and I realised I was neither of these things.”
The journey to loving one’s self is the longest and hardest – and I’m not there.
She continued in the werk room: “When I realised there was this whole community of non-binary people I was like yes, that is for me. But the journey to loving one’s self is the longest and hardest – and I’m not there.”
Bimini Bon Boulash, who is also non-binary, joined the chat from the bench across.
“I think it’s always a difficult conversation to have, especially when some people don’t understand, some people don’t quite get it, it can be emotional,” the east London queen chimed.
To camera, they added: “Non-binary isn’t a new thing, it’s just a new term. It’s just basically someone that doesn’t feel like they are either masculine or feminine, they kind of float between the two.
“As humans, we are so complex, that having a binary to fit everyone into, whether it’s just male or female, doesn’t make sense, when there are seven billion plus people in the world.”
Thank you @GinnyLemon69 and @biminibabes for opening up and bringing this extremely important conversation about gender identity to the forefront. You're inspiring so many and we have so much love for you both 💛💛💛#DragRaceUK https://t.co/f9SbTLBdlt pic.twitter.com/QdivVbFcdX
— World of Wonder (@WorldOfWonder) January 28, 2021
Drag Race UK fans were moved by the exchange and thrilled to see the non-binary experience being given such a powerful platform.
The conversation on @dragraceukbbc about being non-binary is probably one of the most important, and helpful, conversations on the subject ever shown on British TV. One of the *many* reasons the show is so important #DragRaceUK
— Craig Heathcote (@craigheathcote) January 28, 2021
Oh absolutely, 100%
I sat thinking “Hang on, is this actually happening?! On MY BBC?!”
Toto, I have a feeling we’re not watching Antiques Roadshow in Ambridge anymore…
— Robert Elkin (@RobertElkin) January 28, 2021
Protect Ginny Lemon at all costs #DragRaceUK
— Protect Trans Kids / BLM ✊🏾 (@MunroeBergdorf) January 28, 2021
You have no idea how important it is for queer kids to see people like them on TV, and your vulnerability was inspiring.
— aoife 🌈 (@aoifelikeeefa) January 28, 2021
— Danny (@shckldg) January 28, 2021
After the episode aired, Bimini revealed that a number of fans had been in touch to say they’d come out as non-binary to their families after watching.
It warms my heart reading so many of you came out to your family about being non-binary after watching tonight’s episode! Honestly emotional! Non-binary isn’t new and it’s okay to exist somewhere in between! POWER TO YOU ALL 💓
— BIMINI! (@biminibabes) January 28, 2021
“It warms my heart reading so many of you came out to your family about being non-binary after watching tonight’s episode,” Bimini tweeted.
“Honestly emotional! Non-binary isn’t new and it’s okay to exist somewhere in between! POWER TO YOU ALL.”
Ginny added: “The outpouring of luv is astounding. [Thank you] and love to all my trans and non-binary siblings.
“United we rise.”
the outpouring of luv is astounding 💛
fank u and love to all my trans and non binary siblings united we rise pic.twitter.com/litsi5ZgIU
— Ginny Lemon (@GinnyLemon69) January 28, 2021
Drag Race UK season two continues Thursdays on BBC iPlayer.
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