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RuPaul's Drag Race Contestant Comes Out As HIV-Positive: VIDEO


Previous to this last Monday, the only drag queen to have ever openly come out about their HIV-positive status on RuPaul's Drag Race was Ryan Ong Paolo (aka season one's Ongina). But in the most recent season six episode of Untucked, Joshua Jones (or drag performer Trinity K. Bonet) opened up about being HIV-positive.

Despite finishing amongst the highest performers during her first two challenges, Bonet has struggled this season with some lackluster performances and self-doubt, constantly saying that she knows that she won't win and that she's not as good as her competitors. During the Untucked segment of episode five however, Jones got this news off of his chest:

"When I came on this show, I came on this show with a mission because I am HIV-positive. I was diagnosed in August 2012, and I have so much to live for. I have so many goals and aspirations that I want to conquer in my life, so I’m not going to let an obstacle get in the way. And I wanted to come on this show, and I wanted to be that voice for people who are scared to speak out about that.”

“I’m hoping that by sharing this that I will be affecting somebody’s life. And I’m hoping, by sharing my story, that I will inspire others and that they will take it and maybe apply it to themselves.”

"It's not a disease, it's just a situation. I get up in the morning, I take my vitamin E, I take my fish oils and and then I pop my pill and that's the end of that. I have to remember, 'Bitch, you're here for a reason. The main reason why I came here is I’m here for all those people so that you have somebody that you can look up to. There are people out there who love you and who support you. And if you don’t have anybody know that I love you and I support you. You have somebody that you can lean on."

Watch the revelatory episode, AFTER THE JUMP...


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  1. I don't want to underplay the horror of the 1980's and 1990's but he is absolutely right.

    HIV in 2014 is a chronic condition that is far easier to manage and control than type 1 diabetes.

    True, a HIV diagnosis has a stigma that Type 1 diabetes does not have, but that is OK - it is completely avoidable so there should be a stigma attached to it.

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 28, 2014 11:05:22 AM

  2. "It's not a disease, it's just a situation."

    This has to be the most clueless, pathetic individual on Earth. OK, if it's not a disease, then his "pills" shouldn't be covered by insurance or by the taxpayer. What a disgusting person to belittle disease and to consciously act to undermine human health.

    Posted by: Zeb | Mar 28, 2014 12:30:27 PM

  3. Don't feed the trolls.

    Posted by: sugarrhill | Mar 28, 2014 1:03:12 PM

  4. HIV is NOT a disease. It's a virus that can be held in check very simply with medication.

    And it's 100% avoidable.

    It's not trolling to point out these indisputable facts.

    It is far more difficult to treat and control Type 1 diabetes than it is to treat HIV. And type 1 diabetes cannot be avoided - it is not acquired through lack of education or responsibility.

    Posted by: MaryM | Mar 28, 2014 2:50:44 PM

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