REVIEW: RuPaul’s Drag Race UK starring Ginny Lemon, Bimini Bon-Boulash & Tia Kofi (season 2 episode 3)

WHEN?: Available from 28/1/21

WHERE? BBC iPlayer

For those wondering why RuPaul’s Drag Race has been garlanded with quite so many awards – 19 (count ’em!) Emmys at the time of writing – need look no further than the groundbreaking sensitivity shown here while tackling a new subject.

  • Read on for reasons including how Lemon and Bon-Boulash discuss being non-binary

Contestants Ginny Lemon and Bimini Bon-Boulash are non-binary and discuss what the definition means for them and how it feels to be different or other.

Who could fail to be moved by Lemon’s story and the support shown by Bon-Boulash. Says Lemon: ‘The reason I wear the colour yellow is for healing and positivity and also because it’s the non-binary colour. I’ve always struggled with my identity. For years and years I didn’t know what I was, boy or girl?

‘When I realised there was this whole community of non-binary people I was like: ‘Yes, that was for me.’

And later: ‘I grew up in a very working class council home. Anyone who was any different from binary was a freak or an outsider. Every day of my life I grew up thinking I was ugly or stupid.’

Full marks to Bon-Boulash for providing support: ‘Non-binary isn’t a new thing. It’s just a new term for someone who doesn’t feel masculine or feminine but kind of floats between the 2.’

Elsewhere the show’s best line goes to Tayce who’s tiring of Lawrence Cheney bringing up the sexual tension between the Welsh queen and A’Whora. ‘She wouldn’t know sexual tension if it smacked her across the chops.’

A’Whora is living up to her reputation as the queen of shade observing of Ellie Diamond’s limbo efforts: ‘Ellie, you could have had a bikini wax girl’ and later: ‘Finally, she can put those balls away.’

We’re also enjoying Tia Kofi’s sense of humour, self deprecation and defiant response in owning the ‘basic’ label she’s been awarded by the other queens.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy RuPaul’s Drag Race. Watch Drag Race UK on BBC iPlayer
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