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In 2018, it’s hard to picture pop culture without RuPaul’s Drag Race. Queens from the show sell out venues, references are everywhere, judge Michelle Visage has even become an Irish TV star thanks to Ireland’s Got Talent. But before the advent of the massive reality show, RuPaul launched into the mainstream in November of 1992 thanks to the hit single ‘Supermodel (You Better Work)’.

Pre-’Supermodel’, RuPaul moved from the clubs of Atlanta to become a nightlife fixture in New York, performing music, working as a go-go dancer and ultimately ending up a celebrity thanks to a move into a more glamorous drag look.

RuPaul told Interview Magazine in 2013: “I’d been a downtown New York celebrity and was attempting to go above ground - really, above 14th Street — or more mainstream. So got a record deal and changed my image to be not so downtown. wanted to look more glamazon”

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We’re closing our 30th anniversary celebrations with a bang, celebrating the year of the activist. With that in mind, we arranged for community leaders to speak to the next generation of trailblazers as both sides share their experiences. A Brazilian writer living in Ireland takes a look at his home country following the election of Bolsonaro, while Marty St Clair, one of the scientists behind the discovery of AZT, speaks about the beginnings of the battle against HIV and AIDS. Frank McDonald stops by to talk about his recently released memoirs. There’s an essential look at mental health in the queer community, and the people behind the awesome Dublin Lesbian Line tell us their plans for the future. You can also expect a roundup of a momentous year for LGBTQI+ folk and your community magazine. We couldn’t have done it without you, dear readers!