History was made on Friday when RuPaul’s star was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He is the first drag queen to be honored with a star. RuPaul described the events as “absolutely the most important moment in my professional career.” He also said: “As a kid, we’d come up here to Hollywood Boulevard.”
The drag icon looked fantastic in a red tartan suit and his trademark glasses and was accompanied by his husband (George LeBar) and his three sisters. Bill Pannell also made an appearance, aka the school teacher to whom RuPaul credits as his original inspiration.
Famous actress and LGBTQ+ supporter Jane Fonda presented him with his star at the unveiling. She said of the star that it:
“should be at least three sizes bigger than any other star on the walk of fame, because I don’t think anyone else has ever launched an industry like RuPaul has. He created an industry that has given hundreds and hundreds of jobs, and dreams to so many.”
She also said:
“In the past, contestants have come out as HIV-positive on the show and opened up about losing loved ones in the Pulse Night Club shooting, while RuPaul himself is widely recognized for revolutionizing the portrayal of the queer community and bringing drag culture into the mainstream in a way that’s never been done before. For that, a gold star is the least he deserves.”