Here are the stats: For the fifth year in a row, Briceson Ducharme, aka Ginger Sexton, has been in the running to be a contestant on RuPaul's Drag Race. Now, as the show heads into its fifth season, Ms. Sexton is tossing her hat in the ring for the fifth time. And she's not just tossing it -- she's bedazzling it, shining it up, and then fast-pitching that baby in. After all, it's about time the show sits up and takes notice of her.
"For starters, I don't know why they haven't picked me yet," Sexton says, a smile in her voice. In years past, the queen of nice has come close; placing in a top slot, even getting hints from the show that she might be moving on to the final selection round. And then...nothing.
On stage, Sexton has a Glenda the Good Witch persona -- she's not one to perform with a snarl on her lips or pick songs that aren't inspirational. (She killed Adele's "Rolling in the Deep" last year while wrapped in a tasteful orange evening gown.)
Maybe the Ms. Nice Guy persona is tripping her up? "I always second-guess that, too," Sexton says. "But if they don't like me because I'm nice, what can I do?"
But then she provides her own answer: "Don't get me wrong: I'll burn a bra if I have to."
Whether she's going all out as Ginger Sexton or being himself as Briceson Ducharme, this performer puts out a 100 percent percent effort, 100 percent of the time. A few weeks ago, Sexton organized a drag flash mob to Kelly Clarkson's "What Doesn't Kill You," to support the It Gets Better Project. This summer, Ducharme will put on his third annual Apocalyptic Ball, a fundraiser for Colorado AIDS Walk.
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Ducharme was doing work with AIDS-related charities long before he found out his own status as HIV-positive, but took it as an opportunity to do more. And these are the things he hopes the producers of RuPaul's Drag Race will see when it comes time to make decisions for this season's contestants. Winning a large cash prize would allow him to expand on the work he does to support the AIDS and HIV-positive community, and that's not a high priority on every queen's list.
But for Sexton to even get a chance to appear in front of big, important television types, she needs support. That's where you come in: Visit the RuPaul's Drag Race Facebook page, click "Like," watch Ginger's video, then cast a vote. The prelims run through April 30; after that, the top five vote-getters move on to the next level. So help a queen out!