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'RuPaul's Drag Race' announces first trans man contestant in season 13 cast

“Competing safely and fiercely, our 13 queens proved that it takes more than a global pandemic to keep a good queen down,” host RuPaul said in a statement.
The cast of the upcoming season of RuPaul's Drag Race.
The cast of the upcoming season of RuPaul's Drag Race.VH1

VH1 announced on Wednesday that “RuPaul’s Drag Race” will return for Season 13 on Jan. 1, 2021, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, with a brand new cast that features the show’s first trans man contestant.

The after-show “RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked” will premiere immediately after at 9:30 p.m. ET/PT.

Season 13 of “Drag Race” shot late last summer under full COVID-19 protocols. “Competing safely and fiercely, our 13 queens proved that it takes more than a global pandemic to keep a good queen down,” host and executive producer RuPaul said in a statement.

The Season 13 cast includes:

Denali: From Chicago, Denali has worked as a professional figure skater, and incorporates those skills into her drag.

Elliott with 2 Ts: As a Las Vegas queen, Elliott is a dancing showgirl with an ’80s aesthetic.

Gottmik: This Los Angeles-based makeup artist is the first out trans man to compete on “RuPaul’s Drag Race;” in July, Gottmik appeared on the cover of Out magazine with fellow trans pioneer Gigi Gorgeous.

Joey Jay: Another dancer, Joey hails from Phoenix, Ariz., and boats “unmatched rhinestoning skills.”

Kahmora Hall: As a drag sister to Season 12 winner Jaida Essence Hall and drag mother to Season 11 contestant Soju, Chicago-based Kahmora already has a lot of “Drag Race” in her blood.

Kandy Muse: Kandy already arrives in the “Drag Race” werk room with a crown, as the Brooklyn Drag Queen of the Year.

LaLa Ri: One of two Atlanta queens this season, LaLa Ri will “bring her mixture of sexy, classy and sassy to the competition.”

Olivia Lux: Hopefully, this New York queen will have a chance to show off her piano playing skills this season, but she’ll definitely get to show off her musical theater abilities.

Rosé: Another New York queen, Rosé is part of the girl group Stephanie’s Child with Season 12 contestant Jan.

Symone: Although currently based in Los Angeles, Symone is the first “Drag Race” contestant to originally hail from Arkansas.

Tamisha Iman: A seasoned queen who has competed in drag pageants since the late 1990s, Tamisha has her own drag dynasty, and makes all her garments from scratch.

Tina Burner: This New York queen won National Miss Comedy Queen in 2019.

Utica Queen: From Minneapolis, Utica Queen identifies as a “wacky, wavy inflatable arm-tube queen” — which, let’s face it, slays.

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Reuters contributed.