With signature wit and queer sensibility, Tom & Lorenzo provide the ultimate fan guide to everything RuPaul’s Drag Race. It’s worth reading about how RuPaul’s show has uniquely honored the queer culture of the past while also celebrating it in today’s context for a new generation of LGBTQ+ viewers.
The Art of Drag
Yes, child. There was drag before RuPaul’s Drag Race. And before RuPaul herself. This illustrated guide unpacks centuries of rich tradition, expression, celebration and revolution. It’s FUN-damental text for anyone who wants to touch down on their drag roots.
RuPaul's Drag Race Mad Libs
If you’re willing to put in the WERK, this book is for you. Create and define your own drag adventure for yourself with this iconic adults-only MadLibs game.
Jacob Tobia’s heartfelt memoir touches on universal themes of identity, belonging, and coming of age, and addresses the unique experience of navigating their gender identity and expression. Tobia’s story is an empowering manifesto that shies away from no hard truths, but is sure to get a well-earned laugh along the way.
We Are Everywhere
This history of LGBTQ+ rights protest, shown through incredible archival footage and thoughtful commentary from the folks who brought us @LGBTQ_history, shines a timely and relevant light on the ongoing struggle and hope of the movement.
Kate’s take on her own boundary-defying life—and the politics surrounding it—was originally published in 1994. Perhaps because it was simply ahead of its time, just like its author, the book has been recently updated with a new introduction. If you only know Kate from I Am Cait, be sure to touch down on this text.
Gender and Our Brains
A nonfiction manifesto that explains what RuPaul has been teaching us for years: We’re all born naked, and the rest is drag. This groundbreaking work explores the neuroscience that debunks the myth of a gendered brain. Read on to become the smartest person at your viewing party!
Ladies, gentlemen, and everyone in between… the library is officially (almost) open! Ru always knows how to serve (with 13 Emmys® to prove it), and we know historic season 12 will be no exception. The Queen of Drag took center stage at SNL last week, but now it’s time to find the next heir to the Drag Race throne. The latest crop of talented queens from across the country are sure to bring amazing fashion, out-of-this-world beauty, and wit so sharp we might just cry. An unparalleled crop of guest judges are confirmed to join the fun this season, including Whoopi Goldberg, Jeff Goldblum, Robyn, Chaka Khan, Leslie Jones, and AOC herself: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Star-studded festivities aside, our favorite part of the show is getting to know the talented folks under the wigs, seeing their passion for their art, and learning the stories that shaped them into who they are today. The inevitable drama, fierce competition, and lip syncs don’t make for boring TV, either! RuPaul’s Drag Race enters its 12th season on Friday, February 28 at 8:00 p.m. ET on VH1 with extra special guest judge Nicki Minaj, followed by RuPaul’s Drag Race: Untucked at 9:30 p.m. ET.
If you’re Sorry Not Sorry that you’re counting down the days until the fight for America’s Next Drag Star officially begins, catch up on some reads that affirm our mantra, “we’re all born naked, and the rest is drag!”
Featured image: RuPaul in RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars (2012)