RuPaul Charles has responded to questions about the US Supreme Court’s decision to throw out transgender teen Gavin Grimm’s case.
A reporter from TMZ questioned Charles as he walked through the streets of New York City this week.
“We are moving forward into a place where the human race is expanding,” he said, adding: “The people who are against this kind of thing, they’re stuck in the 20th century. You know God bless them, but we’re moving [forward]."
He continued: “If they want to go backwards, fine. But just know that they’re obsolete and they know it. And this is their last-ditch effort. We as human people on this planet are moving forward.”
RuPaul has previously been under fire for transphobic slurs used in both his music and in his reality TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race.
In 2014, Drag Race featured a game called ‘Female or Shemale’ where contestants had to guess whether they were being shown a “biological woman or a psychological woman”.
The catchphrase "Ooh, girl, you’ve got she-mail!" that was played to notify contestants before a challenge was also quietly axed after numerous complaints, with the Logo network issuing an apology:
“We wanted to thank the community for sharing their concerns around a recent segment and the use of the term 'she-mail' on Drag Race.
"Logo has pulled the episode from all of our platforms and that challenge will not appear again. Furthermore, we are removing the 'You've got she-mail' intro from new episodes of the series. We did not intend to cause any offense, but in retrospect we realise that it was insensitive. We sincerely apologise.”
Charles has also previously defended his use of the word ‘tranny’ on Marc Maron’s WTF Podcast in 2014.