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WATCH: ‘Girls5Eva’s’ Paula Pell accepts the Impact award at the 2024 Queerty Pride50

The incomparable Paula Pell gave a powerful speech at Queerty’s Pride50 celebration in NYC!

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BBC Euros pundit Thomas Hitzlsperger is an LGBTQ+ trailblazer – here’s what you need to know

Football pundit Thomas Hitzlsperger, who is gay, is working for the BBC at the 2024 UEFA European Football Championship, but who is the man behind the commentating voice?

The 2024 UEFA football tournament has kicked off in Germany, and Hitzlsperger is one of several former players who will be narrating the games.

The 42-year-old German director of football may be commentating on the current football games, but he has his own very unique history on the pitch. Here’s everything you need to know about him.

What is Thomas Hitzlsperger’s sexuality?

In 2013, just a few months after retiring due to a series of injuries, Hitzlsperger came out as gay.

At the time, he was the highest-profile male footballer to ever come out. Hitzlsperger shared that he had only realised he was gay in the previous few years.

In 2007, Hitzlsperger split from his long-term girlfriend a few weeks before they were set to get married.

Following his coming out as gay, the ex-footballer was celebrated and many former fellow players of the Germany national team voiced their support for his announcement. 

Earlier this year, Thomas Hitzlsperger was added to Aston Villa’s Honorary Anniversary Board ahead of the club’s 150th anniversary season.

The website states: “The 41-year-old came out as gay following his retirement from playing and has been a major advocate for equality ever since.” 

Thomas Hitzlsperger celebrates scoring the equalising goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Ham United and Blackburn Rovers at the Boleyn Ground on May 7, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Who has Thomas Hitzlsperger played for?

Hitzlsperger’s career stared off in 1988 as he was signed to the Bayern Munich Junior Team.

The young footballer then arrived in the UK and, after a short trial with Celtic, he joined Aston Villa in 2000.

He was briefly loaned out to Chesterfield during the 2001-2 season.

Then, Hitzlsperger returned to Germany and signed for VfB Stuttgart in 2005. In 2008, he was appointed team captain but the following year he lost the arm band with the change of managers.

Hitzlsperger also played for the Italian side Lazio in 2010 on a six-month contract.

Back in the Premier League, he joined West Ham United and debuted in an FA Cup match in which he scored in the 23rd minute.

Hitzlsperger also had spells at Bundesliga club Wolfsburg in 2011 and Everton in 2012.

While playing for Stuttgart, the team won the Bundesliga, the German football league, in 2007.

He also played for the German national team, selected for the 2006 World Cup and UEFA Euro 2008, earning 52 caps. 

The UEFA European Football Championship runs between 14 June until the final match on 14 July.

The group stage concludes on 26 June, with the knockout stage beginning on 29 June.

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Election 2024: We asked queer voters what they want to tell politicians – this is what they said

With the general election now just days away, members of the LGBTQ+ community have shared what they think politicians should know about queer voters. 

We took to the streets with a camera to ask LGBTQ+ pedestrians to share messages and top tips for powers that be, as the country prepares to go to the polls.

Here’s what people on the streets of Manchester had to say. 

‘Put it on the Hogwarts Express’

One person said: “There’s no point changing policy [that affects] the lives of hundreds of thousands of people for a small sector of JK Rowling fans. Diva, pack it up, put it on the Hogwarts Express, I don’t want it.” 

They went on to say that they wished politicians knew that “the whole transphobia thing is a sector of people who are just really loud”.

‘Queer people are just normal people’

Another said: “I wish politicians knew that queer people are just normal people, and there’s not some sort of LGBT agenda going on, it’s not being pushed on anyone.” 

Someone else pleaded: “Just let them be,” while a third said: “I think they need to know people… they need to know us, they don’t know us, but they don’t know normal people and that’s across the board whether you vote Tory or Labour.” 

‘Treat them as people’

An ally said: “I would love them to treat them as people” and for the community not to be “othered”, adding, “If we can research things on them, then they can research things on us. Ask about things that matter to everybody. Everyone’s got rights. Be inclusive of everybody, we’re in 2024, it’s all about inclusivity now.”

This year, for the first time, voters in a general election will be required to bring photo ID to polling stations. In a bid to encourage trans and non-binary voters to exercise their democratic right, PinkNews teamed up with the Electoral Commission to ensure voters are fully informed about what identification is acceptable on 4 July.

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Tractor Supply caves to far-right homophobia and bigotry and drops all LGBTQ+ support

Tractor Supply Company Libs Tiktok Logo Robby StarbuckTractor Supply Co., the Tennessee-based animal feed and farm retailer, has abandoned all diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives following a barrage of pressure from far-right activists in a striking and unsettling shift. This decision to abandon LGBTQ+, Black, and other minority communities has ignited a vigorous debate about the role of corporations in fostering inclusive environments and the sway of political extremism over corporate policy.

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Sapphira Cristál dishes on her magical new tour, why opera is drag & Philadelphia pride

Photo Credit: Jacob Ritts

Make way for the Mother superior!

From Philadelphia to the world, Sapphira Cristál is seizing her spotlight and shining brighter than ever. After famously auditioning for RuPaul’s Drag Race 11 times, she finally made it on to this year’s 16th season, where she stomped her dance shoes all the way to the finale.

Sapphira is proof positive that all things happen exactly when they should, because she’s immediately following up her run on Drag Race by being everywhere this summer—and we mean everywhere.

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For starters, we all know she’s got a set of pipes on her, and she’s putting those to good use, delivering bop after bop, from the self-empowerment anthem “Enough” to the funky-fresh “Get Your Flowers.”

But just because she’s dropping tracks to get you dancing doesn’t mean she’s done with opera. Recently, she linked up with fellow classically trained RuGirls Monét X Change and Thorgy Thor to bring Soundcake to life, her years-in-the-making extravaganza that blends the operatic with the drag-tastic for a unique “aural confection.” The show premiered at NYC’s famed Lincoln Center last month to a sold-out crowd.

Up next, she’s touring North America with her solo show The Cristál Ball, which kicks off in Vancouver on July 11. Of course, fans can expect mind-blowing live vocals, top-notch drag, and a whole lot of that Sapphira Cristál magic, though it also sounds like it’ll be something of an interactive experience? In other words, you better be ready for one unforgettable night!

With The Cristál Ball just around the corner, it was the perfect time to welcome Sapphira Cristál as the latest guest of our rapid-fire Q&A series, Dishin’ It. In our conversation, the congenial queen opens up about feeling like “an alien in this world” at times, how opera helped her find her voice, and why Philadelphia is the “underdog” city that’ll make you feel like a winner.

Is there a piece of media—whether a movie, TV series, book, album, theater, video game, etc…—that has played an important role in your understanding of queerness and the queer community? Why does it stand out to you?

I’ve always felt like a bit of an alien in this world, and thus sometimes I don’t feel like totally represented in media as a person. That said, I really liked PosePose was a time where I got to see queer, Black people being queer, Black people, and it not being the butt of the joke of the story, or we weren’t necessarily just the “sassy black gay friend” who also happened to be very insightful. We were every single part of it, and it showed the strength that we have as queer, Black people, and that we have to have as queer, Black people. And so I would say Pose is the first time that I saw something on television where I was like, “I have to watch every single episode,” because collectively it does feel very representative of a good portion of me.

Your latest single “Enough”  is dedicated to your beloved city Philadelphia, which also gets a lovely spotlight in the video. It’s such a great self-empowerment anthem, but what makes it a great anthem for Philly in your mind?

Philadelphia is like the underdog of all things at all times. I freaking love Philadelphia because they’re so scrappy, too. They always feel like they have to prove themselves in every single thing, but they believe so hard in themselves! When I moved there, I was like, “Oh, this is a really cool place” But, I mean, they idolize Rocky… Rocky’s not even real. [Laughs.] Rocky also lost the first fight—in the first movie he completely lost, and yet they’re like, “Yeah! That guy!” [Laughs.]

But they don’t care. As long as you represent them, as long as you’re here, as long as you remember that you are enough, they will also feel that way for you—and actually they’ll feel more for you.

Philadelphia kind of built me up into into the person that I am. When I got to Philly, I was a little down, but I still believed in myself—and I always will, and always have. My mother raised me with love—she just always reminded me to always believe in myself, and if I wanted to do something, there’s a proper way to do it: You have to go down the path that will get you to exactly what you want to go.

So “Enough” is a love letter to myself, it’s a love letter to Philadelphia, and I want everyone to remember that they are more than enough. In this world of people always trying to make you think that feeling like you’re less than is cool? It’s not cool! It’s okay to have your feelings, and I think your emotions are valid—you should definitely go through that—but I do not want to celebrate this whole life of self doubt and questioning oneself. That’s not the kind of energy I want in the world. And so, because that’s not the kind of energy I want in the world, it’s not the kind of not the kind of music I’m going to put in the world.

The Cristál Ball tour is imminent, and I’m sure fans are ready for some vocals and some top-notch drag, but can you tease a little bit more about some of the surprises in store? When mapping out what this show was going to be, what did you want it to say about you and your art? 

Well, you kind of just open your mind to the possibilities. Whenever I do anything, I take a poll, I do a roundtable of sorts, and people throw out ideas. And I say, “Oh, I like that. I want to go with that!”—because no one who did it really well did it alone. We’re all in this together. So, as many artists, directors, designers, choreographers, and as many voices as I can get in my head… I am the end product, but I’m not going to make sure that every single thing only flows though my head.

The Cristál Ball Tour is magical and mystical—because, when you think of a crystal ball, you think of the mystic arts, you think of magic. I originally thought of it just being like a ball—not even thinking about the “crystal ball,” not even thinking about the most obvious thing right here. [Laughs.] But when you go to a medium, they look in their crystal ball and they tell you about your future—so the tour’s going to have a lot of audience interaction there. Because, you know, if I go to a show, I don’t want to just sit my butt down and watch the whole thing the whole time, you know? In this day and age where everyone has ADHD—and it’s being even exacerbated by social media—it’s really hard to concentrate on shows. But this show will be something that you want to concentrate on because…. maybe I’m gonna call your name, you know?

Speaking of touring: What’s the worst/strangest/most interesting drag gig you’ve ever done. (Feel free to tell us a story here, but no need to get specific and name names!) 

You know? I would say no, because I don’t give off the kind of energy that says you can just do whatever with me. And thus people tend to start to straighten up and fly right when they know that I’m coming around. And that’s not me warning anyone—it’s just one of the things that I have noticed. People have said that, “Oh, when I went to this person, it was so weird,” or “they were so odd,” but then when I went they were doing none of that—they were very kind. So I’m like, “Who are y’all talking about?”

I feel like you get what you put out. And if you put out, “I don’t know how I want to be treated,” that’s what you gon’ get! You’re gonna get all sorts of feelings. You’re gonna experience all sorts of things. But I make it very clear exactly how I like to be treated.

You and Monet X Change just gaged the Lincoln Center with your first Soundcake show. Can you talk a little bit more about the origins of that show and what “Soundcake” means?

For the longest time in my life, I wanted to travel the world with an orchestra. I started with the Eastman Repertory Orchestra, but it never became anything. So then I wanted to start a drag orchestra, and [at the time] Mimi Imfurst had been doing some calls to sort of make amends for some some issues that had been going on in Philadelphia. So she called me and said, “What can I do?” And I said, “You can do for me to teach me how to be a good business person”—because she always had that on lock. So when told her I want to conduct an orchestra and go around the world with it, she’s like, “Well, you’ve got to figure out a name first!”

We originated with the name Pop-era, which was cool, but then I called my dad, because he’s always been so good at naming things. He loved the idea and gave me a million ideas—one of them was Knights Of The Sound table, but then he said Soundcake: Oral Confections, which really stood out to Mimi and me. So the years went by and I’ve sort of just had that in my back pocket.

So, then I did Drag Race and came back and had been working with James Blaszko, who had a show at the Lincoln Center, which I went to and knew it was the perfect place for Soundcake. The next day, I told James my idea, and he said, “That actually sounds perfect for Lincoln Center—let me, let me propose it to them!” Next day I got a call saying not only did they want to do it, but they wanted to commission us to make it happen! And it was just amazing to see my little dream—my big dream!—come to life in front of me this this past month. I was almost in tears, just because I didn’t want to mess up my makeup. [Laughs.]

I was so humbled and proud just grateful for everyone who came. I’m grateful. And then we got to invite Monét into this, and Thorgy Thor—we all fully conceived of Soundcake together with James. They were very, very heavily involved, and it was a really wonderful time. And I kind of already miss it!

What would you say that art of opera means to you, especially in relation to your development and empowerment as a queer person?

Opera is just so drag, you know what I mean? It’s just so big and bold—you can’t subtly tell a story through opera. It’s always in your face, and that’s what I like the most about it. One of the arias I just sand was just about how amazing I am, how blessed I am to be a humble, humble angel of creative genius. [Laughs.] So opera is exactly how I feel in my heart: It’s big, it’s bold, and it’s not subtle.

An it helped me find myself because I didn’t have a voice like my friends who sang gospel in the church, I didn’t have a voice like my friends who sang R&B, or all that kind of stuff. I had the big voice, and where could I put this big thing to work the most was on the opera stage, where you don’t need a microphone. You just need to be able to yell—and if there’s one thing I can do is yell. [Laughs.] It’s just real. And it’s just draggy. Actually, when i found drag, I was like, “Wait, this is opera, too!”

Who is a queer or trans artist/performer/creator that you think is doing really cool work right now? Why are they someone we should all be paying attention to?

Just one!? Baby, there’s John Jarboe from Philadelphia, and they have a show called “Rose,’ which really helped me re-think the one-person show—it’s just so good. Then Eric Jaffe is one of my best friends and an amazing artist—when it comes to laughter, they have it on lock. Honey Davenport, also another one of my best friends; musician down, boots. She has helped me write a lot of the music I’m writing now. Ocean Kelly, honey, is such a stunner, and a hit-maker—you’re going to her all of the this we’re making soon.

And Sasha Velour is just going around doing god’s work, and she doesn’t even know it. Monét X Change? That new album is such a hit! Bob The Drag Queen? One of the funniest things that’s ever hit drag.

And I just want to say thank you to RuPaul. Because, if it weren’t for her doing all the heavy, heavy, heavy-lifting, then none of us would really be where we are today. So I just really want to say thank you RuPaul, because I am so incredibly grateful for this platform I’ve been giving. And I’m so grateful that I wasn’t giving it earlier, because I am currently very ready for it.

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Sharon Stone Shines at GLAAD Awards, Praises Niecy Nash, Oprah & the Power of Community

Sharon Stone brought her signature blend of Hollywood glamour and social consciousness to the 35th Annual GLAAD Media Awards! The actress presented an award to her friend Niecy Nash and used the platform to celebrate LGBTQ+ inclusion and uplift inspiring women.

Sharon Stone Praises 'Wonderful' Friend Oprah
Sharon Stone Praises ‘Wonderful’ Friend Oprah

A Night of Friendship and Recognition: Sharon’s excitement was palpable as she spoke to “Extra’s” Melvin Robert. She gushed about Niecy and her spouse Jessica Betts, calling them “wonderful people” and playfully adding, “We’ve worked together, and we play together too!”

Oprah Winfrey Receives Well-Deserved Honor: Sharon also spoke about the evening’s biggest honoree, Oprah Winfrey, who received the prestigious Vanguard Award. Stone declared, “She deserves that pedestal. She’s climbed to get there.” Melvin chimed in, mentioning how many feel like they grew up with Oprah. Sharon wholeheartedly agreed, sharing, “I grew up with her, worked on her shows, and then got to know her as a friend. She’s an incredible human being who’s earned her place in society. I respect and admire her tremendously.”

Celebrating Unity and Justice: The conversation shifted to the unique atmosphere of the GLAAD Awards. Melvin commented on the positive energy, and Sharon elaborated, “Because we understand the concept of ‘justice for all.’ This country was built on the idea of opportunity for everyone, from all walks of life. That’s what ‘United’ means, right? That’s what we need!”

A Longtime Ally: Melvin acknowledged Sharon’s unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community. Sharon simply replied, “Well, because I genuinely believe that humanity means everybody. Not a select few, not the people you pick and choose, but everybody, whether you like it or not.”

Motherhood – A Heart-Exploding Revelation: A lighter moment came when Sharon, a mom of three, revealed a heartwarming truth about motherhood. She beamed, “It just makes your heart explode!”

Sharon Stone continues to be a force to be reckoned with, both on and off screen. Her dedication to equality and her genuine spirit are truly inspiring.

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Sharon Stone Shines at GLAAD Awards, Praises Niecy Nash, Oprah & the Power of Community

Sharon Stone brought her signature blend of Hollywood glamour and social consciousness to the 35th Annual GLAAD Media Awards! The actress presented an award to her friend Niecy Nash and used the platform to celebrate LGBTQ+ inclusion and uplift inspiring women.

Sharon Stone Praises 'Wonderful' Friend Oprah
Sharon Stone Praises ‘Wonderful’ Friend Oprah

A Night of Friendship and Recognition: Sharon’s excitement was palpable as she spoke to “Extra’s” Melvin Robert. She gushed about Niecy and her spouse Jessica Betts, calling them “wonderful people” and playfully adding, “We’ve worked together, and we play together too!”

Oprah Winfrey Receives Well-Deserved Honor: Sharon also spoke about the evening’s biggest honoree, Oprah Winfrey, who received the prestigious Vanguard Award. Stone declared, “She deserves that pedestal. She’s climbed to get there.” Melvin chimed in, mentioning how many feel like they grew up with Oprah. Sharon wholeheartedly agreed, sharing, “I grew up with her, worked on her shows, and then got to know her as a friend. She’s an incredible human being who’s earned her place in society. I respect and admire her tremendously.”

Celebrating Unity and Justice: The conversation shifted to the unique atmosphere of the GLAAD Awards. Melvin commented on the positive energy, and Sharon elaborated, “Because we understand the concept of ‘justice for all.’ This country was built on the idea of opportunity for everyone, from all walks of life. That’s what ‘United’ means, right? That’s what we need!”

A Longtime Ally: Melvin acknowledged Sharon’s unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community. Sharon simply replied, “Well, because I genuinely believe that humanity means everybody. Not a select few, not the people you pick and choose, but everybody, whether you like it or not.”

Motherhood – A Heart-Exploding Revelation: A lighter moment came when Sharon, a mom of three, revealed a heartwarming truth about motherhood. She beamed, “It just makes your heart explode!”

Sharon Stone continues to be a force to be reckoned with, both on and off screen. Her dedication to equality and her genuine spirit are truly inspiring.

The post Sharon Stone Shines at GLAAD Awards, Praises Niecy Nash, Oprah & the Power of Community appeared first on CN Media.

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Sharon Stone Shines at GLAAD Awards, Praises Niecy Nash, Oprah & the Power of Community

Sharon Stone brought her signature blend of Hollywood glamour and social consciousness to the 35th Annual GLAAD Media Awards! The actress presented an award to her friend Niecy Nash and used the platform to celebrate LGBTQ+ inclusion and uplift inspiring women.

Sharon Stone Praises 'Wonderful' Friend Oprah
Sharon Stone Praises ‘Wonderful’ Friend Oprah

A Night of Friendship and Recognition: Sharon’s excitement was palpable as she spoke to “Extra’s” Melvin Robert. She gushed about Niecy and her spouse Jessica Betts, calling them “wonderful people” and playfully adding, “We’ve worked together, and we play together too!”

Oprah Winfrey Receives Well-Deserved Honor: Sharon also spoke about the evening’s biggest honoree, Oprah Winfrey, who received the prestigious Vanguard Award. Stone declared, “She deserves that pedestal. She’s climbed to get there.” Melvin chimed in, mentioning how many feel like they grew up with Oprah. Sharon wholeheartedly agreed, sharing, “I grew up with her, worked on her shows, and then got to know her as a friend. She’s an incredible human being who’s earned her place in society. I respect and admire her tremendously.”

Celebrating Unity and Justice: The conversation shifted to the unique atmosphere of the GLAAD Awards. Melvin commented on the positive energy, and Sharon elaborated, “Because we understand the concept of ‘justice for all.’ This country was built on the idea of opportunity for everyone, from all walks of life. That’s what ‘United’ means, right? That’s what we need!”

A Longtime Ally: Melvin acknowledged Sharon’s unwavering support for the LGBTQ+ community. Sharon simply replied, “Well, because I genuinely believe that humanity means everybody. Not a select few, not the people you pick and choose, but everybody, whether you like it or not.”

Motherhood – A Heart-Exploding Revelation: A lighter moment came when Sharon, a mom of three, revealed a heartwarming truth about motherhood. She beamed, “It just makes your heart explode!”

Sharon Stone continues to be a force to be reckoned with, both on and off screen. Her dedication to equality and her genuine spirit are truly inspiring.

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How much money has each season of RuPaul’s Drag Race given away? Here’s the tea

Where money is concerned, RuPaul’s Drag Race has gone from a budget production some 15 years ago, filmed through a Vaseline filter in RuPaul’s garage (OK, that’s not quite true), to a global phenomenon in more than 15 countries, along with a number of spin-offs.

But while season one was the genesis of the million-dollar behemoth we now know as the Drag Race Ru-niverse, the queens weren’t exactly rolling in it after every mini challenge in the same way they are now.

So, just how much money has each season of Drag Race‘s flagship franchise given away? Ladies and gentlemen, start your data engines, and may the richest drag queen – probably Trixie Mattel – win.

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RuPaul’s Drag Race season one: $21,500

The budget for that first Drag Race was tight. The not-so-grand prize was the same as what just four maxi-challenges are now worth, sitting at a meagre $20,000 (about £11,800 at the time). Obviously, we still wouldn’t turn that down but to put it into context, Ginger Minj won $30,000 (£21,900 ) for a single lip-sync on All Stars 6.

Maxi-challenge prizes ranged from chocolate baskets to custom dresses and challenge immunity – and there no monetary wins for mini-challenges. Nina Flowers got $1,500 (£885) for being Miss Congeniality, though.

Drag Race season one prize money
The first line-up of RuPaul’s Drag Race. (World of Wonder)

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Season two: $25,000

Money was still tight in 2010, but those logo purse strings were loosened ever so slightly for season two, with its cash-money prize sitting at $25,000 (£15,800).

Again, there were no monetary bonuses for maxi or mini-challenge wins, but there were a few gift cards and shopping sprees thrown in.

Season two’s queens battled for a little more than their predecessors. (World of Wonder)

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Season three: $75,000

The third season was where the queens began to hit the big leagues (not in comparison to today’s money, of course).

Raja took home $75,000 (a bit more than £48,000 at the time) for her troubles, but mini-challenge prizes remained as slight competition advantages, and maxi-challenges resulted in a few more gift certificates being handed out.

Drag Race season two prize money
The cast of season three. (World of Wonder)

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Season four: $100,000

Finally, the big bucks. From season four and 10 years after that, the prize money reached $100,000 (usually ranging from about £62,000 to £75,000) until Willow Pill’s victory run, but we’ll get to that.

The winner of the season received the jackpot, but no one else made off with anything but gift certificates.

Drag Race season four prize money
Season four’s queens were hoping to win the big bucks. (World of Wonder)

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Season five: $100,000

Not much changed between seasons four and five and no cash grabs for the maxi or mini-challenges.

RuPaul's Drag Race season five
The season five queens. (World of Wonder)

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Season six: $100,000

It was the same story for the season six queens, with Bianca Del Rio hitting the jackpot.

RuPaul's Drag Race season six prize money
The cast of season six. (World of Wonder)

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Season seven: $105,000

Katya was the second Miss Congeniality to receive a cash prize with her title: a $5,000 (£3,350) tip, finally starting to edge the cash total up again.

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The cast of season seven. (World of Wonder)

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Season eight: $108,000

Season eight had the customary $100k dollar prize for the winner, Bob the Drag Queen, but a single challenge win also came with a company-sponsored tip.

Kim Chi nabbed $3,000 (£2,100) from selfieonastick.com for her win, and Cynthia Lee Fontaine got $5,000 (£3,500) as Miss Congeniality. The prize fund was slowly creeping up.

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The total prize money crept up for season eight’s contenders. (World of Wonder)

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Season nine: $108,000

Not much changed in season nine: $100,000 prize for Sasha Velour, and Miss Congeniality – rebranded to Fan Favourite after being bestowed upon Valentina – pocketed $5,000 (£3,850).

Having said that, a few more challenge wins came with a $1,000 (£770) cash tip: Shea, Sasha and Alexis Michelle were the lucky queens.

The cast of RuPaul's Drag Race, season nine
Season nine’s line-up. (World of Wonder)

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Season 10: $100,000

You know the drill: Aquaria got the $100,000 (£78,000). What changed for season, though, was that the prize pot actually went down. Mini-challenge and maxi-challenge wins were only rewarded with gift certificates.

Poor Monét X Change became the only Miss Congeniality not to be able to make her bank balance swell.

The cast of RuPaul's Drag Race, season 10
Times were tough in season 10. (World of Wonder)

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Season 11: $110,000

Yvie Oddly snatched that $100k (now about £89,000), but where season 11 changed the game was Miss Congeniality, All Stars 9‘s Nina West, entering her $10,000 (£10,900) tip era.

For maxi and mini-challenges, it was gift cards, gift cards, gift cards.

The cast of RuPaul's Drag Race, season eleven
Season 11’s contenders. (World of Wonder)

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Season 12: $201,000

Season 12 kicked off the era of Drag Race we’re currently in, by which we mean they just started lobbing money around.

Jaida Essence Hall got her $100,000 (£75,000), Heidi N Closet snatched the $10k (£7,500) for Miss C, but along with each queen present in the grand finale being awarded a $2,000 (£1,500) tip, maxi-challenge wins were all now worth $5,000 (£3,750).

It’s also worth noting that Sherry Pie, who was disqualified from the competition after making it to the final four, won two challenges and was therefore “awarded” $10,000. Since then, according to the season’s wiki page, “VH1 and World of Wonder have matched Sherry’s prize money with donations to The Trevor Project.” It’s unclear whether Sherry ever received any cash.

The cast of RuPaul's Drag Race, season twelve
The season 12 queens had something to celebrate. (World of Wonder)

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Season 13: $200,500

Season 13 was much the same story: each maxi-challenge win was worth $5,000 (£3,750), each queen got a $2,000 (£1,500) tip at the finale, LaLa Ri got $10k (£7,500) as Miss Congeniality and Symone nabbed that sweet, sweet $100k (£75,000) as America’s Next Drag Superstar.

The cast of RuPaul' Drag Race, season thirteen
Season 13’s cast. (World of Wonder)

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Season 14: $313,500

For the first time in Drag Race history, a single season gave away more than a quarter of a million dollars. Gag.

Calculators ready? Maxi-challenge wins were still at the $5,000 (£4,200) mark, but several mini-challenges were also now $2,500 (£2,100), and again, there was a $2,000 (£1,700) tip for all at the finalists.

It was announced at the final that the winner (Willow Pill, as it turned out) would get $150,000 (£127,500) rather than the standard $100k, and the runner-up (Lady Camden) would receive $50,000 (£42,500). All added up, that made a grand total of $313,500 (close to £266,500).

The cast of RuPaul's Drag Race, season 14
Season 14’s queens got a nice surprise. (World of Wonder)

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Season 15: $317,500

In yet another step up, the grand prize for season 15 was $200,000 (£160k), which of course went to Sasha Colby.

Elsewhere, everyone in the final got $2,000 (£1,600), Malaysia Babydoll Foxx got $10k (£8,000) and some mini-challenges wins were worth $2,500 (£2,000). Maxi-challenge wins all came with a $5,000 (£4,000) tip.

The cast of RuPaul's Drag Race, season fifteen
The prize money went up again for the season 15 queens. (World of Wonder)

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Season 16: $437,600

Drag Race season sixteen featured a $200k (£157,000) main prize, which went to Nymphia. Each maxi-challenge win was worth $5,000 (£3,900), both Miss Congenialities (Sapphira and Xunami) were awarded $10k (£7.850), Plane Jane received $25,000 (£19,500) after being eliminated in the finale and Sapphira got the same ($25k) as runner-up.

Morphine Love Dion nabbed $50k (£39,000) for her win in the lip-sync smackdown, most mini-challenges were worth $2,500 (£1,900), and there was that random mini-challenge where Ru just handed out money, meaning Sapphira, who won, got an extra $900 (£700), as well as every other cast member racking up at least a few hundred dollars.

And, on top of that, each contestant in the final was just chucked $2,000 (£1,500) by Olay Body.

All the sterling calculations are estimates. Remember, we’re just poor little journalists – not Alan Turing!

RuPaul's Drag Race season 16 poster
Season 16’s queens were battling for crazy amounts of cash. (World of Wonder)

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