Eureka O’Hara, star of Emmy-winning HBO series ‘We Are Here,’ comes out as trans woman
Eureka O’Hara, one of the stars of the Emmy-winning HBO series “We’re Here,” has reintroduced herself as a transgender woman.
O’Hara, who first gained recognition as a fan-favorite contestant in seasons nine and ten of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” began her transition about seven months ago, but she’s only now sharing her story with the world.
“I’m blessed now,” the 31-year-old told People in a story published Thursday, “because I know who I am without question.”
The Tennessee-born TV personality struggled with her gender identity for years, but it was only after shooting two episodes of the upcoming season of “We’re Here,” set to premiere on Sunday, that something “just clicked” and she finally began living her true gender.
The critically acclaimed reality program travels the country pairing up residents of small communities with O’Hara, as well as fellow drag superstars Bob the Drag Queen and Shangela, who prepare them to participate in a lavish one-night-only drag show.
While shooting two episodes in Florida this past spring, O’Hara met two trans individuals: a young girl named Dempsey, and Mandy, who came out later in life. That encounter made her think about her own life and past struggles.
“Hearing the story of Mandy regretting losing all that time — and all the regret and the pain that she was going through during the time of not fully being herself — was really important to me,” O’Hara told the magazine. “When I left Mandy’s house that day, I started spiraling. It just had me searching my mind, ‘What is happening, what is going on?’ Then I just answered myself: ‘I’m trans. I’m a trans woman.’”
“It’s a girl,” she wrote on Instagram Thursday evening, adding a transgender pride flag emoji.
O’Hara, who has previously identified as nonbinary and as a gay cisgender man, referred to her experience as “really magical” and “probably the easiest transitional and coming out journey that I’ve ever been on.”
She hopes her story “teaches people that gender is a journey, and we are ever-evolving people.”