The New York Times’ Marcus Mabry scored an interview with my idol, RuPaul Charles. Obvs, I’m totally jealous. But I can put my feelings aside and say that this video has further solidified Ru’s status as my Life Hero. The “Drag Race” star talked about many interesting subjects including counter culture, gay icons, LGBTQ rights and his new single, “Lick It,” featuring Lady Bunny. But that doesn’t do the interview justice. There’s some seriously deep shit going on under his wig (or in this case, his cowboy hat). After the jump a few things he said that I would like to kiki about with him further with him over a plate of Tic Tacs. Ru, call me. Please.
“Once you decide you’re going to live this life and you’re going to be in it to win it, you’re open to whatever you’re facing. Sometimes that is the dark night of the soul. I’ve been there and I may go there again. I probably wouldn’t go there as deeply because I’ve learned along the way tools to process that information … to step outside of my head and go OK, Ru, what’s really happening? Look underneath the hood.”
“People always ask what makes a gay icon. People who have been ostracized or pushed out of society, relate to other people who have their exact same qualities and personality traits. The spiritual being having to sort of dumb down to fit in.”
“It’s all about knowing that everybody that you see, everybody that you sit across from is a different aspect of yourself. So once you can accept yourself on every level, that’s when everything opens up, that’s when the party really begins.”
“I have been involved with the love of my life, this man, for the past 19 years. We may get married just for business reasons. But I am devoted to him.There’s no piece of paper that’s going to change that. It’s the most amazing thing I’ve ever done in my life … to allow someone to love me.”