Globally popularised in recent months through the medium of season nine of RuPaul’s Drag Race – Peppermint has graced our screens as the first openly trans woman to participate. Now, as the enters the top four, a group of creatives are crowdfunding to have a documentary made about her life, drag and identity as a trans woman of colour.
Project Peppermint is the working title of the documentary that follows the queen through both her transition and road to stardom, addressing topics such as fame, gender and identity, searching for an answer to the question “can a trans woman be a drag queen?”
In the current series of RuPaul’s Drag Race, Peppermint has proven herself as he nicest queen in town, elevating her drag and talent with dignity, grace, glamour and one hell of a boogie. She’s racked up a colossal number of fans with 150k Instagram followers and a well deserved blue tick on Twitter, proving legitimacy and need for the documentary.
The creators explain how they’ve been “fortunate enough” to visually document Peppermint’s struggles and triumphs from before she found international acclaim, with over 100 hours of footage and interviews with her already filmed.
“We spent countless hours with her as she traveled across the country, filming her everyday interactions that form a full picture of the life of Peppermint interacting with her fans, her doctors, and the people who know her best,“ they explain.
Though the project has been self-financed as of yet, the team are calling for fans within the community to donate anything they can to make the documentary a reality and show Peppermint as the legend New York City claims her to be.
“By supporting this campaign, you will become a member of the Peppermint family,” the team explain. “You will help us complete the film and show it around the world. We believe movies connect people and open their minds. We want that this film is as entertaining as it is important and open up the conversation regarding trans narratives. ”
Support trans women of colour. Support those who do nothing but provide positivity and promote acceptance of trans women in the drag community. You can donate to the project here.