Last night, while I was watching RuPaul’s Drag Race, I shared a special moment with my dad. First of all, let me start off by saying that my father has always absolutely hated anything to do with Drag Race. I wouldn’t label my father completely as homophobic, but I believe that watching an hour of feminine men with wild personas makes him somewhat uncomfortable. In the past, he has been extremely embarrassed to even be in the same room as me while I would indulge in my favorite television show, but yesterday was different. During the live comedy segment of the episode, my dad happened to be in the room searching for his missing cellphone. As he finally, and slowly, made his way towards the couch, still in search for his phone, Bianca Del Rio appeared on the stage and began her routine. After Bianca made a joke comparing the audience members to the cast of Cocoon, my dad sat down next to me and began laughing loudly at the rest of Bianca’s jokes. At first I was taken completely off guard, but my eyes glanced back on Bianca and I began to laugh at the jokes with him. “You know, he reminds me a lot of Mel Brooks, or Mickey Rooney. He is a really talented performer,” my father said. I have honestly never been more proud in my life. Because of Bianca, I was able to watch the rest of the episode with my dad, and we truly bonded for the first time in years. I have more respect and love for my father, all thanks to this absolutely fabulous and hilarious queen.
“Gilda was a fantastic laugher. I never enjoyed making anyone laugh more than her. I remember one day, I made her laugh so hard, she thought she was going to die. And I just couldn’t stop. I used to be really funny, and in those days I used to have almost like a vengeful thing; I could go for a long period of time and try to be funny. I don’t do it like I used to. And I miss that. I’m still funny, but back then I would take something and not let go of it.”