‘Drag Race’ Star Laganja Estranja Comes Out as Transgender

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Drag Race star Laganja Estranja has come out as a transgender woman.

After “presenting as female for the last 10 years” as a drag performer, Laganja has eased into her identity.

Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, she revealed she will “no longer live her life in fear.”

“There are so many other women around me who’ve inspired me to come forward today, and it’s because of their fight and their struggle that I’m able to really do this and say that I’m nervous, but I’m not scared.”

“I’m not going to live my life in fear anymore.”

Although Laganja is only just revealing the news to the world, she came out to her “incredibly supportive” family earlier this month.

She also came out to her inner circle during her birthday in 2020.
She told EW she has been “comfortably, fully committing” to who she is as a trans woman among her friends for a year.

“I do want to be able to express this at all times.”

“I just got my haircut – a very feminine cut – and in one week already, my life has changed. I’m able to come off stage and take my makeup off and still see a beautiful woman in the mirror. It’s powerful,” she explained.
Going forward, Laganja plans to keep her birth name and drag name she’s “not turning [her] back on” the bricks that built her.

Laganja explained she feels it’s her responsibility to come out during Pride month to help others who might be conflicted over their identities.

“Being a drag queen in itself is inherently political and being trans is even more so. As more people like Elliot Page coming forward as trans, like Demi Lovato coming forward as nonbinary, the more the landscape can change, and the more that people have to accept the truth. Gender is a construct, and we’re all tearing it apart,” she said.
“I’m going to be part of a wave of change. I’m so happy. I feel so beautiful and empowered, and, finally, I’m looking back at who I am in the mirror, and it’s such an incredible feeling. If anyone is struggling with it, breathe and accept it, because once you do, it’s incredibly empowering.”

After sharing her news, Laganja took to Instagram to thank people for their response.

“I have so many emotions running through me at this current moment, so I promise I will make a more detailed post later. But FIRST, I want to thank all of you for the overwhelming amount of love and support I am receiving right now,” she wrote.
We’re so happy for Laganja and her new, and much happier, chapter!
You can read her full post here.