A Win and a Loss for the LGBT Community

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                   Summary

RuPaul has officially cemented his place in Hollywood history. The host of Logo TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race was announced the winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Sunday, September 11.

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RuPaul, who received his first Emmy nomination in July, beat out huge contenders such as American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest and Project Runway’s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.

When asked about Drag Race in the Emmy press room, RuPaul says, “the show represents the tenacity of the human spirit” and he gave credit to “the 100 girls who have graciously told their story” over the past 8 seasons of the show.

The second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is currently airing every Thursday on Logo TV and VH-1. Drag Race has also been renewed for it’s 9th season. RuPaul states that it will be “bigger, better and more twisted than ever.”

In much sadder news, transgender actor and activist Alexis Arquette passed away last Sunday, reportedly while surrounded by family and friends and listening to David Bowie’s “Starman”. Alexis was, of course, a member of the Arquette acting family (which includes Rosanna, Patricia, and David) and starred in over 40 movies, including Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Last Exit to Brooklyn, and The Wedding Singer.

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Alexis was born Robert Arquette and always had a fluid relationship with gender, once saying that she was not “gender fluid” as much as “gender suspicious”. She performed in drag for several years (as Eva Destruction) before transitioning to female in her late 30’s, which became the subject of a 2007 documentary called Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother. 

While the cause of death was not immediately known, a source close to the family later told People magazine that Alexis passed from complications related to AIDS.  

Kat’s Take (RuPaul): Come through, Mama Ru! I was close to tears when I found out RuPaul won his Emmy! Not only was this his first win, it was also his FIRST nomination! I have been a fan of RuPaul for many years & an avid viewer of Drag Race, it was beyond time that the entertainment industry recognized him & the incredible work he does! 

Kat’s Take (Alexis Arquette): When Alexis passed away, the transgender community lost an icon and a huge voice. Although she is no longer with us, I hope that her voice, her work and her story will live on. I hope that people in the trans community will continue to bravely tell their stories and live their truth the way Alexis did. 

Matt’s take (RuPaul): I only have three words: IT’S. ABOUT. TIME. I find it appropriate that RuPaul beat out Tim Gunn and Ryan Seacrest, because Drag Race is a fabulous mashup of everything we love about American Idol and Project Runway — meaning that Ru’s being doing the job of both hosts for eight years now, and half the time she does it in heels. Bravo, Ru, and here’s to many many more successful years of Drag Race!

Matt’s take (Alexis Arquette): Alexis was one of the first trans people I remember seeing in the media, and it’s such a shame that she left us just as trans people are becoming so much more visible. I feel like she could have contributed so much to the current conversations that are happening around gender identity and rights, and sparked important conversations within the LGBT community about what gender identity truly means. Fortunately these conversations will carry on without her, but they’ll be missing a big, important voice.


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RuPaul photographed with his Emmy award at the Creative Arts Emmy Awards ceremony on September, 11 2016 (CREDIT: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images

 RuPaul has officially cemented his place in Hollywood history. The host of Logo TV’s RuPaul’s Drag Race was announced the winner of the Emmy for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program at the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony on Sunday, September 11.

RuPaul, who received his first Emmy nomination in July, beat out huge contenders such as American Idol’s Ryan Seacrest and Project Runway’s Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn.

@RuPaul/Twitter
When asked about Drag Race in the Emmy press room, RuPaul says, “the show represents the tenacity of the human spirit” and he gave credit to “the 100 girls who have graciously told their story” over the past 8 seasons of the show. 

The second season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars is currently airing every Thursday on Logo TV and VH-1. Drag Race has also been renewed for it’s 9th season. RuPaul states that it will be “bigger, better and more twisted than ever.”

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Actress Alexis Arquette arrives at the opening night of “The Pee-Wee Herman Show” Los Angeles Opening Night at Club Nokia on January 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/WireImage)

In much sadder news, transgender actor and activist Alexis Arquette passed away last Sunday, reportedly while surrounded by family and friends and listening to David Bowie’s “Starman”.  Alexis was, of course, a member of the Arquette acting family (which includes Rosanna, Patricia, and David) and starred in over 40 movies, including Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Last Exit to Brooklyn, and The Wedding Singer.
Alexis was born Robert Arquette and always had a fluid relationship with gender, once saying that she was not “gender fluid” as much as “gender suspicious”.  She performed in drag (as Eva Destruction) for several years before transitioning to female in her late 30’s, which became the subject of a 2007 documentary called Alexis Arquette: She’s My Brother.   Some friends and family have stated that in her final years she was living as a man, and this seemed to be confirmed by her brother Richmond who, upon her death, released a statement saying, “Our brother Robert, who became our brother Alexis, who became our sister Alexis, who became our brother Alexis [has] passed.”

While the cause of death was not immediately known, a source close to the family later told People magazine that Alexis passed from complications related to AIDS.  Radar Online also published an exclusive interview with former boyfriend Robert Dupont who said Alexis was “living in an Actors Fund home in West Hollywood for people with HIV and AIDS.… His family offered to have him live with them, but he wanted to be independent. Towards the end he was in a lot of pain, but he was not going to give up. 


 

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