Drag queen Willam Belli came under fire earlier this week after he made some transphobic comments on his web show Suck Less.
A fan asked the RuPaul’s Drag Race alum and fan favorite for advice about dating a trans man. Via email, the fan explained that she felt uneasy about him not having a penis.
After Courtney Act (who also appeared on Belli’s episode) tried to answer the question, Willam jumped in, claiming: “He’s not your boyfriend if he’s not a boy and he’s not fucking you. Just because someone says they’re a boy, that doesn’t make them a boy.”
He added: “Just because you’ve cut your titties off and had testosterone, that doesn’t change your chromosomes.”
Many in the LGBT community took to social media to condemn Willam Belli for his words.
A few days later, Willam posted a 15-minute long video posted to his YouTube channel where he profusely apologized for his comments and admitted that he had conversations with other drag queens about what he said and why he said it.
“I feel bad about how I made people feel about it and this is my official apology,” Willam says at one point. He explained he is still learning about everything and is starting to ‘get’ the difference between sex and gender. Belli also sat down with fellow AAA Girl (who are currently touring) Alaska Thunderfuck who helped Belli download what happened and why people are so angry.
People don’t see all the fucking wheels that are going in [my mind] how slowly and how poorly they’re operating. I need to apologize for it because I didn’t say everything I was thinking and it hurt people. I’m sad that my not knowing these things made my friends feel some kind of way justifiably and made people I don’t even know not like me.
Willam also said that even thought he doesn’t want to be considered a role model, he has to understand his role as a public figure and “be more responsible for my words.”
Willam responded, “I’m hoping my education catches up with the evolution of thought.”
In the video, Willam also FaceTimed with Courtney Conquer, a cisgender woman who does drag, and Belli apologized for comments he made last week about women not being able to do drag:
What I’m saying is that enough people have their eyes and ears on me for some reason, usually for entertainment value. So when I say something that’s inflammatory that might be my opinion which people could then take as fact and then say you know what I hate these people — and then lump into like a mob mentality about that.
I need to take responsibility for that I guess so I’m apologizing. I’m sorry. I don’t mean to invalidate your existence. I love how you guys support us and drag and you guys are my friends. Like you know you’re my friends and I hate that I made my friends feel some kind of way about that, so I’m sorry.
Here’s hoping Willam learns from his mistakes and never makes such comments again about trans people or about women doing drag.