Let's face it, we've officially reached the winter holiday season. The frost outside your window, sunset at 6 p.m. and holiday jingles piped through every store's speakers all confirm we've entered the season of merriment (and stress). Before you fill up your calendar with an endless parade of gatherings and shopping trips, plan ahead for some holiday relaxation in the form of sequins and dazzling choreography.
Murray and Peter present a Drag Queen Christmas kicks off their nearly 40-city tour Wednesday, Nov. 10 at Music Hall Theatre in downtown Detroit. As in previous years, expect a magical (and hilarious) drag queen Christmas musical featuring numbers from than a dozen other drag superstars from "RuPaul's Drag Race."
Trinity the Tuck, also known as Trinity Taylor, will be co-hosting the holiday special with Monét X Change. Trinity was one of the Season 9 contestants of "RuPaul's Drag Race," as well as one of the "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" Season 4 winners. In an exclusive interview with Pride Source, Trinity divulges all the details about the tour, her idea of a happy Christmas and her world-famous tuck.
You first appeared on "RuPaul's Drag Race" in Season 9 and then went on to be a co-winner of "RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars" in Season 4. How many times did you audition before you made the show?
I actually auditioned three times for Drag Race and the first two times, I didn't even hear anything from them – not an email, not a phone call. Then, what they do sometimes is when someone auditions a lot, they will contact them if they don't get an audition tape from them for the current season. So, in 2014 they contacted me and asked me to submit a tape. I couldn't because I was doing a pageant and I had already put out a lot of time and money. But the next year I submitted, and that's when I got on.
On Season 9 you were known as Trinity Taylor and then on "All Stars," you were going by Trinity the Tuck. Why the name change?
I didn't really change my name. I still get called Trinity Taylor in shows sometimes. It's just a variation. I think it's important when you're a personality on TV to brand yourself. So that's why I decided to go by my nickname. But I'm still totally fine with being called Trinity Taylor.
Speaking of the tuck, you're famous for yours. What's your secret?
If you want to see the process and know my secret I have a YouTube video that is a tutorial. It's nothing vulgar. It's on my YouTube, and you can look at it step by step and see the products I use and how I achieve my tuck. I think it's all in experience and practice.
Talk to me about the art of drag and what it means to the LGBTQ+ community.
I think that has changed over the years. It used to be drag was something you could only find in nightclubs. And it used to be what most people would refer to as "men in wigs." But drag has always been more than that, and it's now become mainstream where people can see all facets of drag and what it really can be. It's genderless. It's self-expression. It's being a voice for our community. I think that to do drag, you have to be very brave because it takes a lot of guts and skill to do what we do. We've almost become these ambassadors for our community.
Murray and Peter, the producers of "A Drag Queen Christmas," are based here in Detroit. You've worked with them many times before. What is that experience like?
I've done many things with Murray and Peter. It's a very fun tour. I love touring with my Drag Race sisters and getting to see the fans all over the U.S. As for Murray and Peter, I think that with any person you work with a lot, you get comfortable, and they're your friends, and you have your beefs. Who doesn't? But at the end of the day, the pay is cute, and I've been given an opportunity to work with them multiple times, so I'd say our working relationship now is great. It's a very professionally run tour with many moving parts. They have a great staff, and they really take care of you.
What makes a Christmas merry for Trinity the Tuck?
I'm not really a very religious person. I was raised Southern Baptist and over the years, I've just kind of moved away from religion. Mainly, I think, because I just don't identify with what a lot of people think about religion. To me, Christmas is more about the celebration of family, your chosen family, your friends, your loved ones all coming together and celebrating life and love. That's really to me what Christmas is about. And this tour is no different. It's about celebrating your friends and families and your sisters coming together. It's really about a lot of love. It goes beyond religion. It's about coming together.
Trinity the Tuck will be appearing in "Murray and Peter present A Drag Queen Christmas" along with more than a dozen other drag superstars Nov. 10. The show takes place at the Music Hall Theatre, located at 350 Madison Street in downtown Detroit. Tickets are available at dragfans.com.