"It changes the whole concept of what we're doing".
Drag Race star RuPaul has apologised after he faced a backlash for his comments about transgender drag artists.
The 57-year-old LGBT icon was condemned over the weekend when he was asked if he would accept contestants who had transitioned.
“Probably not. You can identify as a woman and say you’re transitioning, but it changes once you start changing your body”, he told The Guardian.
‘It takes on a different thing; it changes the whole concept of what we’re doing.
“We’ve had some girls who’ve had some injections in the face and maybe a little bit in the butt here and there, but they haven’t transitioned.”
The question was asked after Drag Race previously hosted Peppermint, a drag artist who was openly transgender but yet to transition.
Now, Paul has apologised on Twitter – describing the trans community as “heroes”.
“Each morning I pray to set aside everything I THINK I know, so I may have an open mind and a new experience”, he said.
“I understand and regret the hurt I have caused. The trans community are heroes of our shared LGBTQ movement. You are my teachers.”
He added: “In the 10 years we’ve been casting Drag Race, the only thing we’ve ever screened for is charisma uniqueness nerve and talent. And that will never change.”