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PETE BURNS

“2016 was an in­sane year. We lost Pete Burns, David Bowie, Ge­orge Michael and Prince. They all toyed with es­tab­lished ideas of gen­der and sex­u­al­ity and cre­ated some­thing new. Pete, es­pe­cially, could pos­si­bly be the last in­di­vid­u­al­ist. His life and his phys­i­cal body were his art. In the

’80s and ’90s he burned ev­ery bridge by re­fus­ing to be any­one but him­self. He de­stroyed his friend­ship with Mor­ris­sey over his in­fa­mous Guerilla coat, which also got him in trou­ble on Big Brother. That’s how he en­deared him­self to his fans. That sort of au­then­tic­ity is hard to come by.”

RU­PAUL

“That Ru­Paul has stayed in the spot­light since the ’80s is un­prece­dented. I love his ’80s pre

Su­per­model videos. He was more of a gen­der­fucker than a drag queen early on. My mom worked for a ma­jor fash­ion de­signer and ended up do­ing some men’s suits for him. She never worked on a dress for him. She gets a Christ­mas card from him ev­ery year. Drag Race has given the art­form more vis­i­bil­ity and more ac­cept­abil­ity. I feel it still fa­vors “fishy drag” but there’s a huge va­ri­ety of drag out there, so I wish it would be more var­ied.”

CHILD­ISH GAM­BINO

“I rate Child­ish Gam­bino very highly for play­ing pan­sex­ual in the re­cent Star Wars movie. With all the racial ten­sion cur­rently go­ing on over here [his video] This Is Amer­ica has re­ally struck a nerve. He put it all on the line and cre­ated an un­com­fort­able dis­cus­sion, which is what good art should do. I have high ex­pec­ta­tions for any­thing he puts out – mu­sic, film or oth­er­wise. I also love that he’s the al­ter ego of an al­ready fa­mous ac­tor.”

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