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Eureka O'Hara Comes Out as Trans: "It Just Clicked"

"I hope my story teaches people that gender is a journey, and we are ever-evolving people," says the 'We're Here' star.

This past year has been one of self-discovery for Eureka O'Hara, and now the RuPaul's Drag Race and We're Here star has come out as trans.

"It's been really magical and it's been probably the easiest transitional and coming out journey that I've ever been on," she told People in a new interview. "I hope my story teaches people that gender is a journey, and we are ever-evolving people."

Eureka previously identified as a cisgender gay man, then lived as a trans woman from the ages of 18 to 22 before identifying as non-binary. She has been on hormone replacement therapy for the past seven months and is also "taking steps toward a physical transformation."

Her "re-transition" story is explored in the two-part episode of We're Here (debuting on Dec. 23) set in Florida. In the episodes, Eureka bonds with two trans individuals: Dempsey, a young trans girl, and Mandy, who transitioned at 70.

"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. When I left Mandy's house that day, I started spiraling," recalled Eureka. "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 just clicked."

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Eureka, Mandy, and Lori

"Now I'm at 31 years old, and I'm like, 'Well I don't want to be like Mandy and finally transition at 70 to be happy. I don't want to lose 40 years — I want to spend those 40 years happy," she explained to People.

"I wanted to have the opportunity to tell the story with the show because I was so impacted by Mandy. It was like I got to decide for the first time ever in my life how I came out, 'cause I never had that experience before," she continued. "I was always called gay before I ever even knew what gay was; when I wanted to transition before, I was told by the other people in my life and trans people that I was trans before I really understood what it was. This time it was like, I get to do it my way."

Eureka also revealed she has legally changed her name to Eureka D. Huggard, a mix of her drag name (inspired by her mother, Ulrike) and her birth name (David Huggard).

Even though We're Here is about to wrap up its third season, the self-described "Elephant Queen" will still be stomping across the stage and screen. First, there's the music video for her new single, "Big Mawma," an energetic and uplifting self-empowerment anthem featuring The Voice breakout stars Sarah Potenza and Katie Kada:

“Growing up as a 6’4”, colorful, flamboyant, genderqueer kid in Bristol, TN, I didn't have a lot of friends, and the people that gave me a purpose and taught me how to love were these big women,” Eureka explained in the press release for the track. “This love is what the world needs to be reminded of. We all got 'Big Mawma' love in us and around us. We just gotta remember to treat it right, accept that we are worthy of it, and respect it!“

In addition to We're Here and "Big Mawma," keep your eyes peeled for Eureka in an upcoming "top-secret landmark episode" of The L Word: Generation Q, plus she will be performing her own live shows next year and is set to return to RuPaul's Drag Race Live! in Las Vegas.

Earlier this year, when speaking with Logo about the new season of We're Here and opening up about transitioning, the Drag Race Season 10 runner-up said: "Well, for me personally, I went through a journey this past year with losing the second matriarch of my family, my grandmother, after losing my mother to a really rough battle to cancer. It took a lot out of me personally, and I went into a dark place. But my work on We're Here, my relationships and connections with the people I work with, my sisters, and the support I created doing this project really lifted me up in a time of need."

"Working on that for myself, and you'll see in the season, brought a much brighter and a better version," she added. "And really the version of Eureka that the show and the world and myself and my sisters truly deserve."

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