RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Trinity the Tuck Honors Leslie Jordan

When Trinity the Tuck appeared on the stage of “RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars” earlier this yr for the long-lasting Snatch Sport problem, by which each drag artist chooses a celeb to impersonate, she had utterly morphed into actor Leslie Jordan. Aside from her spectacular bodily transformation — a far cry from Trinity’s traditional Southern glamour and pageantry — she embodied Jordan’s energetic spirit, his humorousness, and, above all, his skill to not take life too severely. That impersonation led her to win the problem alongside competitor Jinkx Monsoon.

Now, one month after Jordan’s dying, Trinity is reflecting on the legacy he left behind. She remembers first feeling related to Jordan, who handed away at 67 on Oct. 24, through a tv display. He was a fellow Southern, queer entertainer whose presence and unabashed authenticity introduced pleasure to audiences throughout the nation — and created house for artists like Trinity to discover their craft with confidence and braveness. Jordan’s loss has been felt tremendously within the LGBTQ+ neighborhood, however Trinity is certainly one of many working to make sure that he might be remembered because the inspiration he was and for the sunshine he gave. Though, as Trinity says, it might “by no means be crammed” in fairly the identical method.

After I noticed that Leslie handed, it was a shock. I had simply seen him in a restaurant whereas I used to be in West Hollywood a couple of weeks in the past, so this information was devastating. I nonetheless cannot imagine it, and my coronary heart may be very heavy. Particularly for these he was near.

This world has misplaced a shiny, constructive gentle that may by no means be crammed.

I first bear in mind seeing him in “Sordid Lives” as Brother Boy after which later in “Will and Grace.” He was so humorous, and his Southern drawl immediately made me join with him. He was flamboyant and unapologetically himself. I felt that Southern queer connection immediately and wished to know extra about him.

Though I would not say I had any shut relationship with Leslie, I had a couple of conversations with him in passing over the previous couple of years. After I selected to impersonate him for the Snatch Sport on “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” we had a cute dialog by way of Instagram that made me so comfortable as an admirer of his. He appeared tickled with my impersonation of him and had some very sort phrases to say, which made my day.

Leslie simply introduced a lot pleasure to the world. From all his accomplishments — appearing, singing, comedy, and in addition his social media. All through the pandemic, he actually made folks smile along with his hilarious campy posts. This world has misplaced a shiny, constructive gentle that may by no means be crammed. I hope that he’s remembered for his kindness and for being somebody who introduced folks happiness and laughter.

— As advised to Chandler Plante

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