Last week, I had a few harsh words for Alaska Thunderfuck, the drag performer who recently responded to a Drag Race controversy by releasing a video depicting him shooting a trans woman in the head.
As I noted at the end of that piece, Thunderfuck subsequently released a follow-up video that instead offered a call for unity between the trans and drag communities.
Now, he's gone further in apologizing for the video itself:
"I don't want to hurt anybody's feelings," Honard said, choking back tears. "That is the last thing I want to do with my work or with my life, and so if it is, and it was, and it has, then really, the least I can do is take down that poorly made, piece of shit video. That does not water-down my art. I think it makes it richer, and I think, moving forward … I just want to do better."
The divisions that exist between the gay trans communities are hardly going to disappear overnight. But it's truly promising to see some humility and a good-faith effort at dialogue here. It's an inspiring start.