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RuPaul’s Pride Reading List: 10 Must-Reads to Inspire Your Fiercest Self

Let's spill the tea with RuPaul's memoir. From her early days in the Atlanta drag scene to her global domination, it's a must-read for anyone who loves drag!
by Chris Allmer | Jun 11 2024
“Not a drag queen, darling, I’m the Queen of Drag.”

RuPaul didn’t just drop a catchphrase on The Tonight Show—she dropped a truth bomb. This icon, this legend, this glamazon of charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent, has sashayed her way from humble beginnings to the throne of global drag superstardom.

And her story is juicier than a freshly squeezed mango.

Now, Mama Ru is spilling all the tea in her tell-all memoir, “The House of Hidden Meanings.” And this isn’t your average celebrity autobiography, no. This is a deep dive into Ru’s world, a peek behind the wig and into the heart of a drag queen who’s faced challenges, embraced her truth, and become an inspiration to millions.

In “The House of Hidden Meanings” you can expect raw truths, unexpected twists, and the kind of wisdom that only comes from a lifetime of slaying the runway of life. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of RuPaul’s Drag Race or simply curious about the man behind the woman, this book is a must-read.

And as a special treat, today we’ll also reveal 10 of the books RuPaul considers absolute must-reads – get ready to add some fabulous titles to your Pride collection.

RuPaul: More Than Just a Queen

Who is RuPaul? Well, she’s not just any drag queen – she’s the reigning royalty of the drag world. From her early days sashaying in the Atlanta scene to her global domination as the host and producer of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” she’s a role model who has shattered stereotypes and paved the way for countless LGBTQ+ artists.

This queen is a multi-hyphenate powerhouse: Emmy-winning TV personality, model, singer, actor, and now, author. But she’s not just about the glitz and glamour, honey.


Inside “The House of Hidden Meanings

Now, let’s get to the good stuff – the book that has everyone buzzing. “The House of Hidden Meanings” isn’t just a memoir; it’s a backstage pass to RuPaul’s heart and soul.

In this intimate and revealing account, RuPaul takes us on a journey through her life, from the sun-soaked streets of San Diego to the dazzling heights of global fame.

We get a front-row seat to her transformation from a young, artistic soul grappling with identity to the confident, charismatic icon we know today. Ru Paul opens up about her struggles with addiction, the power of self-love, and the challenges of navigating fame while staying true to herself.

But “The House of Hidden Meanings” isn’t just about the glitz and glamour. RuPaul also delves into the deeper questions of identity, spirituality, and the pursuit of happiness.
She shares her wisdom on topics like overcoming adversity, finding your purpose, and living your truth, all with her signature wit and humor.

RuPaul isn’t the only LGBTQ+ icon with a story to tell.

And this Pride Month, why not sashay your way through a literary rainbow? Blinkist has a whole library of books by and about queer voices, offering insights, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of the LGBTQ+ experience.

Blinkist can help you learn about LGBTQ+ history, share personal stories, or broaden your perspective. And all of that in neat little 15-minute summaries.

Perfect for those of us who love to learn but don’t always have the time to read an entire book.

And did you know Mama Ru herself is a big reader? That’s right! That’s why you’ll find 10 titles below from RuPaul’s must-read list.

So, what are you waiting for? Grab your phone, download the app, and start your free 7-day trial. Then, let’s dive into RuPaul’s top picks and kick off your literary Pride adventure:



Me by Elton John

Ever wondered what it’s like to be a music legend? Sir Elton spills all the tea on his wild ride to superstardom, his struggles with addiction, and his journey to self-acceptance. Get inspired by his resilience and find the courage to live life on your own terms.


Stonewall by Martin Duberman

Want to know the real story behind the Stonewall riots? This book takes you back to the streets of 1969 New York City, where a group of brave individuals ignited the fight for LGBTQ+ rights.

Learn about the history that shaped our community and be inspired by the courage of those who came before us.


Boy Erased by Garrard Conley

This powerful memoir exposes the dark reality of gay conversion therapy. Conley’s story is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and a reminder of the importance of fighting for our right to love who we love.


Tales of the City by Armistead Maupin

Dive into the vibrant and diverse world of 28 Barbary Lane in San Francisco. This beloved series follows the lives of a group of LGBTQ+ characters as they navigate love, loss, and the challenges of finding their place in the world.


We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

In this powerful Blinkist summary, Adichie explains perfectly why feminism is essential for everyone. She shares personal anecdotes and insights to challenge stereotypes and advocate for a more inclusive and equitable world.


All In by Billie Jean King

Game, set, match for equality! The tennis legend Billie Jean King isn’t just about acing her opponents on the court; she’s been a champion for women’s rights and LGBTQ+ visibility for decades. Discover how she smashed through barriers and changed the game for everyone.


The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir 

Explore this feminist classic that dissects how women have been historically defined as the “other” and outlines a path toward liberation. This essential read challenges societal norms and sparks important conversations about gender equality.


Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit 

This is a collection of essays that examines the widespread presence of misogyny in our culture, from mansplaining to the suppression of women’s voices. Solnit’s clever wit and insightful analysis will strike a chord with anyone who has encountered sexism in their lives.


Animal Farm by George Orwell 

This classic novel is a chilling allegory about the dangers of totalitarian regimes. It is a must-read for anyone interested in politics, power dynamics, and the importance of critical thinking.


Wolfpack by Abby Wambach

This memoir from the soccer superstar Abby Wambach provides motivational insights on shattering expectations, overcoming adversity, and finding your inner strength—themes that undoubtedly resonate with RuPaul’s own path in “The House of Hidden Meanings” of defying societal norms to become a cultural icon.


And these are just a few of the many inspiring books available on Blinkist that celebrate LGBTQ+ identity, champion equality, and remind us that our unique stories are what make us truly fierce.

Who is RuPaul’s Husband?

Turns out, even queens need a little love in their lives. RuPaul’s heart belongs to Georges LeBar, an Australian rancher who’s been her partner since way back in 1994.

They finally tied the knot in 2017, proving that love can bloom in the most unexpected places. Talk about a match made in heaven (or maybe a ranch in Wyoming)!

What’s RuPaul’s Net Worth?

But love isn’t the only thing RuPaul’s rich in. Charisma, uniqueness, nerve, and talent aren’t her only assets – she’s also got some serious business skills. With an estimated net worth of $60 million, this queen knows how to turn dreams into cold, hard cash. Werk, Mama Ru!

How Tall is RuPaul?

And speaking of assets, have you seen this queen? Standing tall at 6’4, RuPaul is a literal and figurative giant. Her height not only adds to her commanding presence, but it’s also a reminder that embracing your unique qualities can lead to extraordinary things.
So, this Pride Month, let these words inspire you to live courageously, embrace who you are, and never stop slaying! And if you need more inspirational reads, check out our curated list of the best 49 LGBTQ books on Blinkist:


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