It hasn’t been a year since the tragedy at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando shook the world, and our community is still coping with the horrific events that took place that night. The current season of RuPaul’s Drag Race was filmed two months after, and the heartbreaking subject comes up in a sneak-peak of tonight’s episode.
While getting ready for the main challenge, queens Trinity Taylor and Cynthia Lee Fontaine open up about their relationships with some of the victims and the club.
“I actually wasn’t in Orlando at that very moment but I am a former Miss Pulse,” Taylor says. “And I entertained there literally the week before on their Latin Night cause that happened on their Latin Night. So it is scary to think that literally could have been me.”
Alexis Michelle asks her, “Did you lose a lot of people, Trinity?”
“Well, I didn’t actually know any of the people who actually lost their lives. I knew several of the entertainers who were trapped in the dressing room that escaped. A lady that I worked with at my day job one of her daughters had just graduated nursing school and then her life was taken over, for no reason.”
“On June 11, I was supposed to perform that night but I had to re-schedule,” Cynthia Lee Fontaine opens up. “Kenya Michaels, that is the cast director that night, she said we can re-schedule you. And then like, we were performing in Houston. We get the text message like, ‘OMG! We are here on the bathroom. We can’t do anything. There is a guy with a gun shooting everybody.'”
“Unfortunately, one of my friends died in that incident, Martine. He was like two or three hours before, ‘Cynthia! You are not here. You are supposed to have a show. That is why I came here tonight.'”
“We never expect that a tragedy like this happens in our community, happen in our clubs because we thought we had finally created a safe space for our community.